Associate Professor Cristan Herbert
Associate Professor

Associate Professor Cristan Herbert

  • BMedChem
  • PhD
Medicine & Health
School of Biomedical Sciences

Research Interests:

Chronic inflammatory diseases which affect the lungs, including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and sarcoidosis.

My research aims to identify molecular mechanisms by which environmental pollutants and respiratory infections promote the development of severe airway inflammation in exacerbations in asthma and COPD. I have a particular interest in mediators which regulate the inflammatory response including  cytokines and non-coding RNA. Additionally, I am interested in the identification of biomarkers which may have potential for diagnosis and/or monitoring the progression of chronic inflammatory diseases.


Broad Research Areas:

  • Pathology
  • Lung diseases (Asthma, COPD, Sarcoidosis),
  • Allergy
  • Inflammation


Society Memberships & Professional Activities:

  • Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ)
  • Asian Pacific Society of Respirology  (APSR)
  • European Respiratory Society (ERS)
  • Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE)


Specific Research Keywords:

  • Allergy
  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Cytokines
  • Epithelial cells
  • Inflammation
  • MicroRNA
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Room 417, level 4 east Wallace Wurth Building

  • New Teacher of the Year; School of Medical Sciences 2015
  • Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning Award; Faculty of Medicine, 2017
  • UNSW Award for Teaching Excellence (Design/Development of Programs); UNSW Sydney, 2018

My Research Supervision

  • Yu Gan H'ng (ILP Student)
  • Yifan Chen (PhD student)

My Teaching

Undergraduate Pathology for Medical Science, Health & Exercise Science and Medicine, including PATH2201, 2202, 3205, 3207, HESC3541, Phase 1.

Course convenor for PATH2201 and PATH2202

Post graduate research training