Dist Prof Peter John Hunter

MNZM, DPhil Oxf, ME, FRSNZ FRS

Biography

Peter Hunter completed his Engineering and Masters of Engineering degrees at the University of Auckland before undertaking his DPhil (PhD) in Physiology at the University of Oxford where he researched finite element modeling of ventricular mechanics. Since then his major research interests have been around modelling various aspects of the human body using specially developed computational algorithms and an anatomically and biophysically based approach which incorporates the detailed anatomical and microstructural measurements and material properties into continuum models.

Peter has received numerous accolades for his work and in 2010 was appointed to the NZ Order of Merit. In 2009, he was awarded the Rutherford Medal, New Zealand's top science award, as well as the KEA World Class NZ award in Research, Science, Technology and Academia. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 1994 and a Fellow of the Royal Society (London) in 2006. 

As recent Co-Chair of the Physiome Committee of the International Union of Physiological Sciences, Peter is helping to develop standards based physiological models and the use of computational methods for understanding the integrated physiological function of the body in terms of the structure and function of tissues, cells and proteins.

Alongside his role as Director of the Auckland Bioengineering Institute and Professor of Engineering Science at the University of Auckland, Peter is also a Deputy Director of the Medical Technologies Centre of Research Excellence (MedTech CoRE) hosted by the University of Auckland. He holds honorary or visiting Professorships at a number of universities around the world and is on the scientific advisory boards of a number of research institutes in Europe, the US and the Asia-Pacific region.

Affiliations

  • Vice-Chair and Fellow of the World Council for Biomechanics
  • Fellow of the Royal Society
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand
  • Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
  • Fellow of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering
  • Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers of New Zealand (IPENZ)
     

Research | Current

Computational modelling of the human body and its functions, from tissue structure to mechanical, electrical and cellular activity.

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Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Fernandez, J., Dickinson, A., & Hunter, P. (2020). Population based approaches to computational musculoskeletal modelling. Biomechanics and modeling in mechanobiology, 19 (4), 1165-1168. 10.1007/s10237-020-01364-x
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Justin Fernandez
  • Ho, H., Dahmen, U., & Hunter, P. (2020). An in silico rat liver atlas. Computer methods in biomechanics and biomedical engineering, 23 (10), 597-600. 10.1080/10255842.2020.1754404
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Harvey Ho
  • Hussan, J. R., & Hunter, P. J. (2020). Comfort Simulator: A Software Tool to Model Thermoregulation and Perception of Comfort. Journal of Open Research Software, 8 (1), 16-16. 10.5334/jors.288
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jagir Hussan
  • Hussan, J. R., & Hunter, P. J. (2020). Our natural "makeup" reveals more than it hides: Modeling the skin and its microbiome. Wiley interdisciplinary reviews. Systems biology and medicine10.1002/wsbm.1497
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jagir Hussan
  • Keast, J., Wiedmann, N., Watson, A., Jenkins, N., Gerneke, D., Hunter, P., & Osborne, P. (2020). SPARC: A Multiscale Analysis of the Structure of the Rat Lower Urinary Tract (LUT) and Connectivity of Sensory and Autonomic Nerve Terminals. Paper presented at Annual Meeting on Experimental Biology, San Diego, CA. 4 April - 7 April 2020. FASEB JOURNAL. (pp. 2). 10.1096/fasebj.2020.34.s1.03165
  • Nickerson, D., Sarwar, D., Noroozbabaee, L., Kalbasi, R., Atalag, K., & Hunter, P. (2020). A Flexible and Reproducible Framework for Modelling Renal Tubules. Paper presented at Annual Meeting on Experimental Biology, San Diego, CA. 4 April - 7 April 2020. FASEB JOURNAL. (pp. 2). 10.1096/fasebj.2020.34.s1.07136
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: David Nickerson
  • Nickerson, D., Lundengard, K., Watts, J., Porter, S., Yu, T., Nielsen, P., & Hunter, P. (2020). <it>Physiome:</it> Encouraging Reproducible and <it>FAIR</it> Computational Modelling. Paper presented at Annual Meeting on Experimental Biology, San Diego, CA. 4 April - 7 April 2020. FASEB JOURNAL. (pp. 2). 10.1096/fasebj.2020.34.s1.04897
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: David Nickerson
  • Ho, H., Yu, H. B., Bartlett, A., & Hunter, P. (2020). An in silico pipeline for subject-specific hemodynamics analysis in liver surgery planning. Computer methods in biomechanics and biomedical engineering, 23 (4), 138-142. 10.1080/10255842.2019.1708335
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Harvey Ho

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Alternative contact

Kate Harsant
Executive Assistant
Email: k.harsant@auckland.ac.nz
DDI: +64 (0) 9 923 1598

Primary office location

UNISERVICES HOUSE - Bldg 439
Level 6, Room 613
70 SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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