Dr Kizana is Cardiologist at Westmead Hospital and Senior Lecturer, Sydney Medical School. He is Group Leader and Faculty at WIMR. He was awarded his MBBS (Hons) (1995) and PhD (2006) from The University of Sydney. He completed his cardiology training before embarking on an NHF-funded PhD in gene transfer technology with Ian Alexander at the CMRI.
He undertook post-doctoral research training at the Johns Hopkins University with Eduardo Marbán and was awarded the prestigious Michel Mirowski, MD Fellowship from the Heart Rhythm Society. During his tenure as post doc Dr Kizana published high impact work in Circulation, Circulation Research and PNAS.
In addition to developing gene therapy strategies targeting cardiac arrhythmias, he was also collaboratively involved with molecular and stem cell-based therapies for heart failure and hypertrophy. Dr Kizana divides his time between clinical duties and research.
To dovetail his clinical and research interests, he has established a research group at WIMR whose focus is to develop novel gene therapy approaches for common cardiac arrhythmias. Through local and international collaborative efforts his group has developed capabilities for producing viral vectors for gene transfer in animal models of cardiovascular disease.
The group employs high-end molecular techniques involving viral vector-based gene and regulatory RNA transfer to somatic cells. Both cell culture and in-vivo animal models of conduction and arrhythmias are utilised.
Molecular biology, Cells and cell physiology, Cardiovascular diseases, Physiology
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