Dist Prof Peter Hunter



Peter Hunter completed his Engineering and Masters of Engineering degrees at the University of Auckland before undertaking his DPhil (PhD) in Physiology at the University of Oxford where he researched finite element modeling of ventricular mechanics. Since then his major research interests have been around modelling various aspects of the human body using specially developed computational algorithms and an anatomically and biophysically based approach which incorporates the detailed anatomical and microstructural measurements and material properties into continuum models.

Peter has received numerous accolades for his work and in 2010 was appointed to the NZ Order of Merit. In 2009, he was awarded the Rutherford Medal, New Zealand's top science award, as well as the KEA World Class NZ award in Research, Science, Technology and Academia. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 1994 and a Fellow of the Royal Society (London) in 2006. 

As recent Co-Chair of the Physiome Committee of the International Union of Physiological Sciences, Peter is helping to develop standards based physiological models and the use of computational methods for understanding the integrated physiological function of the body in terms of the structure and function of tissues, cells and proteins.

Alongside his role as Director of the Auckland Bioengineering Institute and Professor of Engineering Science at the University of Auckland, Peter is also a Deputy Director of the Medical Technologies Centre of Research Excellence (MedTech CoRE) hosted by the University of Auckland. He holds honorary or visiting Professorships at a number of universities around the world and is on the scientific advisory boards of a number of research institutes in Europe, the US and the Asia-Pacific region.


  • Vice-Chair and Fellow of the World Council for Biomechanics
  • Fellow of the Royal Society
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand
  • Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
  • Fellow of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering
  • Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers of New Zealand (IPENZ)

Research | Current

Computational modelling of the human body and its functions, from tissue structure to mechanical, electrical and cellular activity.

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Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Safaei, S., Blanco, P. J., Muller, L. O., Hellevik, L. R., & Hunter, P. J. (2018). Bond Graph Model of Cerebral Circulation: Toward Clinically Feasible Systemic Blood Flow Simulations. FRONTIERS IN PHYSIOLOGY, 910.3339/fphys.2018.00148
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/40393
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Soroush Safaei
  • Chase, J. G., Preiser, J.-C., Dickson, J. L., Pironet, A., Chiew, Y. S., Pretty, C. G., ... Safaei, S. (2018). Next-generation, personalised, model-based critical care medicine: a state-of-the art review of in silico virtual patient models, methods, and cohorts, and how to validation them. Biomedical engineering online, 17 (1)10.1186/s12938-018-0455-y
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/44686
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Soroush Safaei, Merryn Tawhai
  • de Bono, B., Safaei, S., Grenon, P., & Hunter, P. (2018). Meeting the multiscale challenge: Representing physiology processes over ApiNATOMY circuits using bond graphs. Interface Focus, 8 (1)10.1098/rsfs.2017.0026
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/39310
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Bernard de Bono, Soroush Safaei
  • Erdemir, A., Hunter, P. J., Holzapfel, G. A., Loew, L. M., Middleton, J., Jacobs, C. R., ... Winkelstein, B. A. (2018). Perspectives on Sharing Models and Related Resources in Computational Biomechanics Research. Journal of biomechanical engineering, 140 (2).10.1115/1.4038768
  • Safaei, S., Blanco, P. J., Müller LO, Hellevik, L. R., & Hunter, P. J. (2018). Bond Graph Model of Cerebral Circulation: Toward Clinically Feasible Systemic Blood Flow Simulations. Frontiers in physiology, 910.3389/fphys.2018.00148
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/43720
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Soroush Safaei
  • Fernandez, J., Zhang, J., Shim, V., Munro, J. T., Sartori, M., Besier, T., ... Hunter, P. (2018). Musculoskeletal modelling and the physiome project. CISM International Centre for Mechanical Sciences, Courses and Lectures (pp. 123-174). 10.1007/978-3-319-58845-2_3
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ju Zhang, Justin Fernandez, Jacob Munro, Thor Besier, David Nickerson, Vickie Shim
  • Wang, V. Y., Hussan, J. R., Yousefi, H., Bradley, C. P., Hunter, P. J., & Nash, M. P. (2017). Modelling cardiac tissue growth and remodelling. Journal of Elasticity, 129 (1-2), 283-305. 10.1007/s10659-017-9640-7
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/42638
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jagir Hussan, Vicky Wang, Christopher Bradley, Martyn Nash
  • Nickerson, D., & Hunter, P. (2017). Discoverable, Reproducible, and Reusable Biosimulation Models. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American-Society-for-Pharmacology-and-Experimental-Therapeutics (ASPET) at Experimental Biology Meeting, Chicago, IL. 22 April - 26 April 2017. FASEB JOURNAL. (pp. 1).
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: David Nickerson


Contact details

Alternative contact

Kate Harsant
Executive Assistant
Email: k.harsant@auckland.ac.nz
DDI: +64 (0) 9 923 1598

Primary office location

Level 6, Room 613
New Zealand

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