Dr Paul Andrew Roberts

BE(Hons) Cant., PhD

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Technology Dev Engineer


Paul began his career completing a New Zealand Certificate Science (Chemistry), conducting atmospheric research in New Zealand and Antarctica while working for the National Institute of Water and Atmosphere (NIWA). In 1997 he moved on to undertake a Bachelor of Engineering  (Honours)  in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Canterbury.

In the years following his BE, Paul worked as a research and development engineer creating electro-mechanical devices for various commercial markets, and in 2010 returned to university to undertake a PhD degree at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute with Professors Alistair Young and Poul Nielsen, Associate Professors Brett Cowan and Andrew Taberner, and Dr Ralph Stewart (Cardiologist, Auckland District Health Board).


Research | Current

As part of his doctoral research Paul developed equipment compatible with clinical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners and specialised scanning techniques. These methods and equipment allow researchers to exercise patients while inside an MRI. The equipment is now being utilised in a clinical study with researchers from the ABI, the Faculty of Medical and Helath Sciences, and the Auckland District Health Board investigating cardiovascular function while the heart is loaded during exercise.

Data from this study will lead to increased understanding of cardiovascular disease and treatment methods and aims to provide a clinical tool for the prognosis of cardiovascular disease.

Research groups

  • Centre for Advanced MRI
  • Auckland MRI Research Group


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Hussan, J. R., Roberts, P., Hamilton, M., Gerneke, D., & Hunter, P. J. (2019). Bimodal behavior in fabric drying kinetics: An interpretation of modes. Textile Research Journal, 89 (23-24), 5076-5084. 10.1177/0040517519848160
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/48483
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jagir Hussan, Dane Gerneke, Peter Hunter
  • Roberts, P. A., Lin, A. C. W., Cowan, B. R., Young, A. A., & Stewart, R. (2018). Comparison of effects of losartan and metoprolol on left ventricular and aortic function at rest and during exercise in chronic aortic regurgitation. The international journal of cardiovascular imaging, 34 (4), 615-624. 10.1007/s10554-017-1268-y
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Alistair Young
  • Roberts, P., Cowan, B., Liu, Y., Lin, A., Nielsen, P., Taberner, A., ... Young, A. (2015). Real-time aortic pulse wave velocity measurement during exercise stress testing. Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, 17 (86).10.1186/s12968-015-0191-4
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/28620
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Andrew Taberner, Alistair Young, Poul Nielsen, Hoi Ieng Helen Lam, Ralph Stewart
  • Roberts, P. A. (2014). Magnetic Resonance Imaging Assessment of Cardiovascular Function during Exercise A Clinical Study Investigating Treatment Effects in Aortic Disease The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/22685
  • Roberts, P., Cowan, B. R., & Young, A. A. (1/2/2012). Real time MRI pulse wave velocity for exercise stress testing. Poster presented at 15th Annual SCMR Scientific Sessions 2012, Orlando, Florida, USA. Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, vol. 14, supplement 1. 10.1186/1532-429X-14-S1-P228
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Alistair Young

Contact details

Primary office location

Level G, Room G03
New Zealand