Researcher

My Expertise

High density lipoprotein (HDL) structure, function and metabolism.

Fields of Research (FoR)

Cardiovascular Medicine and Haematology, Metabolic Medicine, Cardiology (incl. Cardiovascular Diseases)

Biography

Biography

Kerry-Anne Rye obtained her PhD from Flinders University of South Australia in 1986 and gained her postdoctoral training at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a Research Professor, Head of the Cardiometabolic Disease Research Group and Deputy Head (Research) in the School of Medical Sciences, University of New South Wales. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Lipid Research, an Editorial Board Member of the...view more

Biography

Kerry-Anne Rye obtained her PhD from Flinders University of South Australia in 1986 and gained her postdoctoral training at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a Research Professor, Head of the Cardiometabolic Disease Research Group and Deputy Head (Research) in the School of Medical Sciences, University of New South Wales. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Lipid Research, an Editorial Board Member of the American Heart Association journal, Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (ATVB) and the Senior Associate Editor of The Journal of the American Heart Association  Professor Rye is the Immediate-Past Chair of the American Heart Association ATVB Council and Chair of the American Heart Association ATVB Council Nominations Committee.

Research Program

Professor Rye co-leads the Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease group with Associate Professor Shane Thomas. The overarching goal of Professor Rye's research program is to improve understanding of the causes of heart disease (atherosclerosis) and diabetes and to develop novel strategies for  treating both diseases. Professor Rye studies signal transduction pathways in multiple cell types (macrophages and endothelial cells for heart disease and pancreatic beta cells and skeletal muscle cells for diabetes) and works with novel animal models and state-of-the-art imaging techniques to identify new therapeutic targets for atherosclerosis and diabetes. She was the first to report that the atheroprotective high density lipoproteins (HDLs) in human plasma inhibit inflammation in coronary arteries, and that HDLs also have anti-diabetic properties.

Current Postdoctoral Fellows

Kwok Leung Ong

Elias Glaros

Blake Cochran

Jaqueline Ku

Ben Wu

Carmen Zhang

 

Current PhD Students

Thomas King

Samson Ogumodede

Current MSc Students

Dr Liam Guiney

Current Honours Students

Claudia Fanuli

Vaishnavi Ratnasabesar

Deanne Do Rosario

Fatima El-Najjar

William Tucker

Research Opportunities

There are opportunities for Honours, MSc and PhD students in the Rye Group research program. Contact Kerry-Anne Rye (k.rye@unsw.edu.au) for details of specific projects.


My Grants

NSW Govt. Cardiovascular Research Capacity Program Senior Researcher Grant: Preventing and Reversing Accelerated Atherosclerosis in Patients with Diabetes 

National Heart Foundation of Australia Vanguard Grant: A Novel Approach for Preventing Cardiovascular complications in Patients with Diabetes

National Heart Foundation of Australia Vanguard Grant: A Novel Strategy for Reducing Future Events in Myocardial Infarction Survivors

NHMRC Ideas Grant:Preservation and Generation of Beta Cells in Type 1 Diabetes with Novel Mimetic Peptides

NHMRC Ideas Grant: A Novel, Dual-targeted Therapeutic Approach for Reducing Diabetes-accelerated Atherosclerosis

MRFF Cardiovascular Mission Grant: Development of novel, clinically viable strategies for reducing cardiac damage and preventing future events in myocardial infarction (MI) survivors by targeting inflammation 


My Qualifications

BSc (Hons), PhD, FAHA


My Awards

2012   American Heart Association ATVB Council Special Recognition Award in Arteriosclerosis

2015   American Heart Association ATVB Council Distinguished Achievement Award

2016   UNSW, Faculty of Medicine, School of Medical Sciences, Researcher of the Year Award

2017   American Heart Association ATVB Council Mentor of Women Award

 

2020: University of New South Wales, Faculty of Medicine Award for Academic Research Excellence

2021: Inaugural Fellow of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

2021: NSW Government Ministerial Award for Research Excellence

2021: UNSW School of Medical Sciences Mentor of the Year

2022: American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Mid-Career Leadership Award


My Research Supervision


Supervision keywords


Areas of supervision

ILP, Honours, Masters, PhD


Currently supervising

Liam Guiney (MSc)

Thomas King (PhD)

Samson Ogumodede (PhD)

Claudia Fanuli (Honours)

William Tucker (Honours)

Deanne Do Rosario (Medicine Honours)

Vaishnavi Ratnasabesar (Honours)

Fatima El-Najjar (Honours)

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Location

School of Medical Sciences
Level 4E, Wallace Wurth Building
High St, Kensington
Sydney
NSW 2052
Australia

Contact

+61 2 9385 1219