Dr Rohit Ramchandra

MSc, PhD


Rohit completed a PhD in the University of Auckland before heading to Melbourne for postdoctoral training working at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health.

He relocated back to Auckland in 2014 to establish the CardioRenal lab in the Department of Physiology. His research interests are integrative and multi-disciplinary in nature and his expertise is in autonomic control of the circulation.  

Research | Current

The primary interest of our lab is neural control of cardiovascular function. The emphasis is on control of the cardiovascular system during both normal physiological situations as well as impaired control during disease. We have made exciting findings regarding the role of sympathetic nerve activity to the heart in hypertension and heart failure. Our current experiments are translational in nature examining new devices and treatment targets in cardiovascular disease.


Teaching | Current

MEDSCI 205 - The Physiology of Human Organ Systems (Course Director)

MEDSCI 311 - Cardiovascular Biology

MEDSCI 743 - Design and Analysis in Biomedical Research (Course Director)

MEDSCI 734 - Advanced Integrative Physiology

Postgraduate supervision

Postgraduate projects are available to motivated students who are interested in cardiovascular neuroscience. The lab provides a stimulating environment where students are encouraged and challenged to answered important research questions. Projects offered range from basic physiology questions such as which parts of the brain control the heart to preclinical research targeting new treatment interventions for patients with cardiovascular disease.

Projects much like research is constanty evolving so please come and have a chat if you are interested.

Current Doctoral Students

Ms Mridula Pachen

Ms Tania Warnakulasuriya

Mr Moon Kim (co-supervisor)

Ms Shumaila Noreen (co-supervisor)

Mr Michael Loftus (co-supervisor)


Completed PhD/Masters/Hons Students

Dr. Yonis Abukar

Mr Joshua Chang

Mr. Simon Leversha

Ms Sydney Vari

Mr Dylan Pen

Mr Chris Sohn

Ms Darvina Mahesh


Excellence in Research Award, Physiological Society of New Zealand, 2020

New Investigator Award, Neural Control of Autonomic Regulation, American Physiological Society, 2015


Areas of expertise

Sympathetic nerve activity

Bood pressure control


Heart failure

Renal sympathetic nerve activity

Cardiac sympthetic nerve activity


Committees/Professional groups/Services

Treasurer of the Physiological Society of New Zealand

Member of the American Physiological Society

Editorial Board member for Frontiers in Integrative Physiology

Section Editor for Frontiers in Renal and Epithelial Phyiology

Editorial Board member for Scientific Reports

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

As of 29 October 2020 there will be no automatic updating of 'selected publications and creative works' from Research Outputs. Please continue to keep your Research Outputs profile up to date.
  • Ramchandra, R., Hood, S. G., Xing, D., Lambert, G. W., & May, C. N. (2018). Mechanisms underlying the increased cardiac norepinephrine spillover in heart failure. American journal of physiology. Heart and circulatory physiology, 315 (2), H340-H347. 10.1152/ajpheart.00069.2018
  • Elstad, M., O'Callaghan EL, Smith, A. J., Ben-Tal, A., & Ramchandra, R. (2018). Cardiorespiratory interactions in humans and animals: rhythms for life. American journal of physiology. Heart and circulatory physiology, 315 (1), H6-H17. 10.1152/ajpheart.00701.2017
  • Tromp, T. R., Mahesh, D., Joles, J. A., & Ramchandra, R. (2018). Direct Recording of Cardiac and Renal Sympathetic Nerve Activity Shows Differential Control in Renovascular Hypertension. Hypertension (Dallas, Tex. : 1979), 71 (6), 1108-1116. 10.1161/hypertensionaha.117.10749
  • Frithiof, R., Xing, T., McKinley, M. J., May, C. N., & Ramchandra, R. (2014). Intracarotid hypertonic sodium chloride differentially modulates sympathetic nerve activity to the heart and kidney. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol, 306 (8), R567-R575. 10.1152/ajpregu.00460.2013
  • May, C. N., Yao, S. T., Booth, L. C., & Ramchandra, R. (2013). Cardiac sympathoexcitation in heart failure. Auton Neurosci, 175 (1-2), 76-84. 10.1016/j.autneu.2012.10.017
  • Ramchandra, R., Hood, S. G., Frithiof, R., McKinley, M. J., & May, C. N. (2013). The role of the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus in the regulation of cardiac and renal sympathetic nerve activity in conscious normal and heart failure sheep. J Physiol, 591 (1), 93-107. 10.1113/jphysiol.2012.236059
  • Ramchandra, R., Hood, S. G., Watson, A. M. D., Allen, A. M., & May, C. N. (2012). Central angiotensin type 1 receptor blockade decreases cardiac but not renal sympathetic nerve activity in heart failure. Hypertension, 59 (3), 634-641. 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.111.181131
  • Ramchandra, R., Wan, L., Hood, S. G., Frithiof, R., Bellomo, R., & May, C. N. (2009). Septic shock induces distinct changes in sympathetic nerve activity to the heart and kidney in conscious sheep. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol, 297 (5), R1247-R1253. 10.1152/ajpregu.00437.2009


Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 503 - Bldg 503
Level 4, Room 401
New Zealand

Web links