Professor Roland Stocker

Professor of Biochemistry in Vascular Medicine
Pathology, School of Medical Sciences
Bosch Institute

K25 - Medical Foundation Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

T: +61 2 9036 3207
F: +61 2 9036 3038

Biographical details

Roland Stocker received his training as a biochemist at the ETH Zürich (Switzerland), ANU (Canberra, Australia) and the University of California (Berkeley, USA). Following an appointment as Assistant Professor at the University of Berne (Switzerland), Roland moved permanently to Australia in 1988 where he worked as Group Leader at the Heart Research Institute for 13 years, as a Professor at the Centre for Vascular Research at the University of New South Wales for 5 years, before taking up a Professorial Chair at the University of Sydney in late 2006. [More...]

Research interests

Our research focuses on the hardening of blood vessels (a process also called atherosclerosis) that is the single major cause of heart attacks and stroke, and hence death, in Australia. We study the contribution of oxidation to atherosclerosis, and how the disease can be inhibited. We have identified a protein, the up-regulation of which affects many biological processes, resulting in the inhibition of disease in several animal models. We are now studying how a change in a single protein can have such multiple biological effects. We also have discovered a novel protein that regulates the tone of blood vessels and blood pressure in conditions of inflammation, and are now seeking to better understand the underlying principles of this action. Finally, we have established a new Core Facility to assess oxidative stress in vitro and in vivo, and we are developing new methods and tools to apply this to cardiovascular and other research.