Auckland Bioengineering Institute
DPhil Oxf., ME, FRS, FRSNZ, MNZM
70 Symonds Street
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 88395
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 the 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.
As Co-Chair of the Physiome Committee of the International Union of Physiological Sciences Peter is helping to lead the world in 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 Director of Computational Physiology at Oxford University and he holds honorary or visiting Professorships at a number of universities around the world.
Peter is also on the scientific advisory boards of a number of research institutes in Europe, the US and the Asia-Pacific region.
- Chair of the Marsden Fund
- President of the Physiological Society of New Zealand
- Secretary-General 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 NZ (IPENZ)
- Computational modelling of the human body and its functions, from tissue structure to mechanical, electrical and cellular activity
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