Dr Nikki Earle

BSc (Hons), PhD


Nikki Earle is a Heart Foundation Research Fellow in the Heart Health Research group in the Department of Medicine, led by Professor Rob Doughty.

She undertook her PhD from 2012-2014 focusing on the genetic causes of sudden cardiac death, particularly in those with inherited heart conditions such as long QT syndrome and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. This research was carried out with the Cardiac Inherited Diseases Group New Zealand.

Research | Current

Nikki's current research is mainly focused on cardiovascular genetics, using DNA- and RNA-based technologies to investigate the causes of coronary artery disease at different stages in the disease process, and increase the accuracy of risk assessment.

In addition she works with the Cardiac Inherited Diseases Group New Zealand investigating methods for detecting and diagnosing inherited heart disease in the community with the aim of preventing sudden death. 

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Earle, N. J., Poppe, K. K., Doughty, R. N., Rolleston, A., Kerr, A. J., & Legget, M. E. (2018). Clinical characteristics and burden of risk factors among patients with early onset acute coronary syndromes: The ANZACS-QI New Zealand national cohort (ANZACS-QI 17). Heart, Lung and Circulation, 27 (5), 568-575. 10.1016/j.hlc.2017.04.010
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/42743
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Malcolm Legget, Katrina Poppe, Rob Doughty, Andrew Kerr
  • Earle, N., Crawford, J., Gibson, K., Love, D., Hayes, I., Neas, K., ... Aitken, A. (2016). Detection of sudden death syndromes in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 129 (1445), 67-74.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/41003
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Don Love
  • Earle, N., Poppe, K., Pilbrow, A., Cameron, V., Troughton, R., Skinner, J., ... Ellis, C. (2015). Genetic markers of repolarization and arrhythmic events after acute coronary syndromes. American Heart Journal, 169 (4), 579-586.e3. 10.1016/j.ahj.2014.11.015
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30447
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Katrina Poppe, Rob Doughty, Andrew Shelling, Gillian Whalley, Don Love
  • Earle, N., Yeo Han, D., Pilbrow, A., Crawford, J., Smith, W., Shelling, A. N., ... Skinner, J. R. (2014). Single nucleotide polymorphisms in arrhythmia genes modify the risk of cardiac events and sudden death in long QT syndrome. Heart Rhythm, 11 (1), 76-82. 10.1016/j.hrthm.2013.10.005
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Andrew Shelling, Don Love
  • Earle, N., Crawford, J., Smith, W., Hayes, I., Shelling, A., Hood, M., ... Love, D. R. (2013). Community detection of long QT syndrome with a clinical registry: An alternative to ECG screening programs?. Heart Rhythm, 10 (2), 233-238. 10.1016/j.hrthm.2012.10.043
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Andrew Shelling, Don Love

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 12, Room 12067
New Zealand