Dr Peng Du

BE(Hons) PhD

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Senior Research Fellow


Peng Du has a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Biomedical Engineering and a PhD in Bioengineering, both from the University of Auckland.

In 2011 he joined the Gastrointestinal Research Group at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute as a Research Fellow. The focus of his research is on experimental recording and mathematical modelling of gastrointestinal electrophysiology. In particular, he is interested in using experimental data to reinforce multi-scale simulations of gastric electrical activity.

In 2012 Peng won the Vice Chancellor's Prize for Best Doctoral Thesis. Later that year, Peng was awarded a Marsden Fast Start Grant, and a Rutherford Foundation NZ Post-doctoral Fellowship. In 2013, he received a University of Auckland Early Career Excellence Award.

In 2015, he was awarded one of the prestigious Rutherford Discovery Fellowships.


Research | Current

Peng's current research focus is two-fold.

  1. He is investigating the structural-functional relationship of gastrointestinal electrophysiology.
  2. He is trying to apply non-invasive techniques to record gastric electrical activity.

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Gastrointestinal System


2015   Rutherford Discovery Fellowship

2013   Early Career Research Excellence Award

2012   Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for Best Doctoral Thesis

2011   Runner-up, Three Minute Thesis Competition

2010   John Carman Prize, Medical Sciences Congress

2010   Third place, SPARK Entrepreneurship Ideas Challenge

2010   i-Volve Award for Biotechnology Innovation

2009   Top student paper, Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference

2007   Auckland Bioengineering Institute Prize in Biomedical Engineering

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society New Zealand North Section (IEEE EMBS)
  • Past Secretary of the STRATUS Network for Emerging Researchers


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)


Contact details

Primary location

Level 7, Room 747
New Zealand

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