Meet the team: Luke Hall

Meet the team

After completing his BSc (Bachelor of Science) and MSc (Masters in Science) at the University of Waikato, New Zealand born and bred Luke Hall was ready to take the next step in his career.

While searching for local PhD projects, Luke came across upcoming opportunities at the HRI in Australia. After one visit to meet the team and see our research facilities, he made the big move ‘across the ditch’ to further his research career with us.

Luke joined our Free Radical Group, where his current project is examining the role of thiocyanate on cardiovascular disease. 

Thiocyanate is a compound found in certain nuts and vegetables as well as a detoxification product of cyanide from cigarette smoke. 

“Hopefully, by the end of my project we will have a better idea whether thiocyanate is beneficial or detrimental in the context of both atherosclerosis (thickened arteries) and heart attacks."

"If it is beneficial, thiocyanate may be a cheap and easy way of reducing the incidence of heart disease”, says Luke.

Luke is well aware that regular donations are what makes his work possible. “There are many great people at The HRI striving every day to make crucial discoveries that will ultimately improve global heart and cardiovascular health. I hope to figure out my small piece of the puzzle of cardiovascular disease, so that one day what I learn can potentially contribute to a cure.”


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