Boris Martinac

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    Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute

Boris Martinac is an experimental biophysicist. He graduated in Physics from the RWTH Aachen University in Germany in 1976. From the same university he received his PhD in Biophysics in 1980.His first postdoc in electrophysiology of ciliates he did at the University of Bochum in Germany. From there he moved to the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the USA where he studied ion channels in different microorganisms using the patch clamp technique. There he discovered mechanosensitive (MS) channels in bacteria, which became the major focus of his research. In 1993 he moved to the University of Western Australia in Perth, Australia, where he continued working on bacterial MS channels by expanding the repertoire of methods and techniques used in his research. At UWA he rose through the ranks from a Senior Lecturer to a Full Professor in 2004. In 2005 he was recruited by the University of Queensland in Brisbane to a position of the Foundattion Chair in Biophysics. In January 2009 BM moved again his laboratory, this time to the Victor Chang Cardiac Institute in Darlinghurst (Sydney), where he is a Faculty Member holding a position of the Head of Mechanosensory Biophysics Laboratory within the Molecular Cardiology and Biophysics Division. He also holds a position of a Conjoint Professor in St Vincent’s Clinical School at the University of New South Wales. At VCCRI BM expanded his studies of MS ion channels to TRP-type channels that play a role in cardiac hyperthropy and arrhythmias, as well as to Piezo channels, which underlie the sense of touch and were found to have a function in blood flow regulation.