BSc (Hons), PhD, FAHA
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 Lipid 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, and an Editorial Board Member of three American Heart Association journals: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology; The Journal of the American Heart Association and Circulation Research. Professor Rye is the Past Chair of the American Heart Association ATVB Council Women’s Leadership Committee, and a member of the ATVB Leadership Committees, She is the Immediate Past Chair of the Program Committee (ATVB Council nominee) for American Heart Association Scientific Sessions and runs a mentoring program for early career members of the ATVB Council. She is the incoming Chair of the American Heart Association ATVB Council.
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. 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. 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.
Current Postdoctoral Fellows
Kwok Leung Ong
Current PhD Students
Current MSc Students
Dr Liam Guiney
Current ILP Students
Wei Wang Yeo
Current Honours Students
There are opportunities for Honours, ILP and PhD students in the Rye Group research program. Contact Kerry-Anne Rye (email@example.com) for details of specific projects.
Recent awards include:
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