Associate Professor Francine Marques
National Heart Foundation Future Fellow
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Associate Professor Francine Marques is a current National Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellow and a former National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and Heart Foundation Early Career Fellow.
She completed a BSc with first class Honours in Genetics and a Masters in Molecular Biology and Genetics, at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil. She then moved to Australia, where she was offered a competitive Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (EIPRS) to complete a PhD at the University of Sydney. A/Prof Marques was awarded her PhD in 2012, in the field of the molecular genomics of hypertension.
A/Prof Marques investigates the molecular mechanisms behind the development of high blood pressure, with focus on disease identification, prevention and treatment through manipulation of gut microbes and their metabolites. Her research has shown that a diet reach in fibre is able to lower blood pressure and improve heart function through the modulation of the bacteria in our gut.
A/Prof Marques has published in the top cardiovascular journals such as Nature Reviews Cardiology, Circulation, Circulation Research, European Journal of Heart Failure, Cardiovascular Research and Hypertension. She has secured more than $4 million in competitive grant funding (including as lead chief investigator in a NHMRC Project Grant and Heart Foundation Vanguard Grants to run clinical trials). She is an elected member of the executive committee for the High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia, the chair of the Mentoring and Training Committee of the International Society of Hypertension, the inaugural chair of the Emerging Leaders Committee of the Australian Cardiovascular Alliance, and an elected member of the steering committee for the Gordon Research Conference on Angiotensin. She is also an adjunct research fellow at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute and an adjunct senior lecturer at Federation University Australia. In 2019, A/Prof Marques won the prestigious American Heart Association Hypertension Council Goldblatt Award, and was a finalist for the Eureka Emerging Leader in Science Prize.
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