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image alt textResearch Associate Professor

BSc(Hons) PhD(Otago)


Christchurch Heart Institute
Department of Medicine
University of Otago, Christchurch
PO Box 4345
New Zealand

Current roles

  • Leader of the Omics Laboratory, Christchurch Heart Institute
  • Deputy Head of Department, Medicine

Research interests

Cardiovascular Genetics

Anna completed her PhD at the University of Otago, Christchurch in 2006 and undertook postdoctoral training at the Salk Institute, La Jolla, California, USA from 2008–2010.

Since returning to Aotearoa in 2010, her research has focussed on understanding the mechanisms underlying our inherited susceptibility to heart disease. She has a particular interest in identifying molecules circulating in our blood that may signal the early stages of heart disease and contribute to a poor prognosis in heart patients.

Anna is currently leading a large international study to identify genetic variants that may influence progression from coronary artery disease to heart failure.


  • University of Otago Christchurch Four Year Fellowship, 2023
  • Heart Foundation of New Zealand Foundation100 Fellowship, 2021
  • Finalist, Division of Health Sciences, Otago University Students’ Association Supervisor of the Year Award, 2020
  • ThermoFisher Scientific Award for Excellence in Molecular Biology, Queenstown Research Week, 2017
  • Heart Foundation of New Zealand Senior Fellowship, 2014
  • University of Otago Early Career Award for Distinction in Research, 2014
  • Sir Charles Hercus Health Research Fellowship, 2011


  • Department of Medicine
  • Christchurch Heart Institute


Earle, N., Pilbrow, A., Poppe, K., Choi, Y., Logue, G., Devlin, G., … Richards, M., … Troughton, R., Cameron, V., … Doughty, R. (2024). Pharmacogenomic variation in antiplatelet and anticoagulant medication response: Data from the Multi-Ethnic New Zealand Study of Acute Coronary Syndromes. Heart, Lung & Circulation, 33(Suppl. 2), (pp. S71). doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2024.04.248 Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Greer, G., Chew-Harris, J., Adamson, P., Pemberton, C., Pickering, J., Pilbrow, A., Troughton, R., Doughty, R., Richards, M., & Frampton, C. (2024). Convalescent GDF-15 and long-term outcomes after acute coronary syndrome. Heart, Lung & Circulation, 33(Suppl. 2), (pp. S74-S75). doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2024.04.256 Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Harris, S. L., Jones, G. T., Pilbrow, A. P., Horwood, L. J., Martin, J., Frampton, C., Ip, W. T., Troughton, R. W., Greer, C., Yang, J., Epton, M. J., … Darlow, B. A., & Cameron, V. A. (2024). DNA methylation patterns at birth predict later-life health related pathobiology. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 60(Suppl. 1), (pp. 107-108). doi: 10.1111/jpc.16526 Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Greer, C. E., Chew-Harris, J., Adamson, P. D., Pemberton, C. J., Pickering, J. W., Pilbrow, A. P., Frampton, C. M., Troughton, R. W., Doughty, R. N., & Richards, A. M. (2024). Convalescent growth differentiation factor-15 and long-term outcomes after an acute coronary syndrome. Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine, jfae032. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/jalm/jfae032 Journal - Research Article

Meza-Alvarado, J. C., Page, R. A., Mallard, B., Bromhead, C., Pilbrow, A. P., Troughton, R. W., Frampton, C. M., … Richards, A. M., & Palmer, B. R. (2023, August). Vascular endothelial growth factor A polymorphisms impacting patient survival. Verbal presentation at the Queenstown Molecular Biology (QMB) Genomics Satellite, Queenstown, New Zealand. Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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