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Meet the Director of Cardiovascular Research

Professor Shaun Jackson is an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and faculty member at the prestigious Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, San Diego (CA, USA).

He established his independent research laboratory in the Monash Department of Medicine at Box Hill Hospital in Victoria (1998–2003). In 2004 he moved to the Alfred Medical Research and Education Precinct, where he co-founded and became Research Director of the Australian Centre for Blood Diseases. He is a founder of Kinacia, an Australian biotechnology company developing novel diagnostic and therapeutic products aimed at preventing blood clotting.

In 2013, Professor Jackson was appointed the inaugural Director of Cardiovascular Research, Heart Research Institute and Charles Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney. He is also Research Director of Atherothrombosis Services within the Department of Cardiology at the Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) hospital. Professor Jackson’s research interests are focused in the area of atherothrombosis and cardiovascular disease.​

The Senior team is responsible for strategy, research leadership and building a culture of excellence at the Heart Research Institute.

Meet our Senior Management

Dr Stephen Hollings, Chief Executive Officer​

Professor Shaun Jackson, Director of Cardiovascular Research, HRI & Charles Perkins Centre​

Professor Ben Freedman, Director of Science Strategy​

Emeritus Professor Carolyn Geczy, Acting Scientific Director​

Mr Richard Wylie, Director of Fundraising and Brand

Ms Elissa Dwyer, Human Resources Director ​

Ms Vania Dauner, Executive Assistant

Scientific Leadership Committee

Professor Shaun Jackson, Director of Cardiovascular Research, HRI & Charles Perkins Centre​

Professor Ben Freedman, Director of Science Strategy​

Emeritus Professor Carolyn Geczy, Acting Scientific Director

Associate Professor Simone Schoenwaelder, Associate Director of Research Management and Education (Charles Perkins Centre)

Dr Mary Kavurma, Associate Director of Research Management and Education (Eliza St)​

Ms Elissa Dwyer, Human Resources Director ​

Ms Vania Dauner, Executive Assistant​