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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., Poppe, K., Pilbrow, A., Rolleston, A., Cameron, V., Logue, G., … Troughton, R., … Doughty, R. (2023). The prognostic value of cardiac troponin in a contemporary cohort of patients with first-time myocardial infarction. Heart, Lung & Circulation, 32(Suppl. 2), P10. doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2023.04.231 Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Poppe, K., Doughty, R., Choi, Y., Devlin, G., Lund, M., Troughton, R., Richards, M., … Pilbrow, A. (2023). Assessing the accuracy of algorithms that predict ejection fraction for research in a cohort of patients with heart failure. Heart, Lung & Circulation, 32(Suppl. 2), P31. doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2023.04.252 Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Koh, H. W. L., Pilbrow, A. P., Tan, S. H., Zhao, Q., Benke, P. I., Burla, B., … Pickering, J. W., Troughton, R., Pemberton, C., … Richards, A. M., & Chan, M. Y. (2023). An integrated signature of extracellular matrix proteins and a diastolic function imaging parameter predicts post-MI long-term outcomes. Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine, 10, 1123682. doi: 10.3389/fcvm.2023.1123682 Journal - Research Article

Templeton, E. M., Pilbrow, A. P., Kleffmann, T., Pickering, J. W., Rademaker, M. T., Scott, N. J. A., Ellmers, L. J., Charles, C. J., Endre, Z. H., Richards, A. M., Cameron, V. A., & Lassé, M. (2023). Comparison of SPEED, S-Trap, and in-solution-based sample preparation methods for mass spectrometry in kidney tissue and plasma. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 24(7), 6290. doi: 10.3390/ijms24076290 Journal - Research Article

Cameron, V. A., Jones, G. T., Horwood, L. J., Pilbrow, A. P., Martin, J., Frampton, C., Ip, W. T., Troughton, R. W., Greer, C., Yang, J., Epton, M. J., Harris, S. L., & Darlow, B. A. (2023). DNA methylation patterns at birth predict health outcomes in young adults born very low birthweight. Clinical Epigenetics, 15, 47. doi: 10.1186/s13148-023-01463-3 Journal - Research Article

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