Dr Peng Du

BE(Hons) PhD

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Senior Research Fellow


Peng Du has a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Biomedical Engineering and a PhD in Bioengineering, both from the University of Auckland.

In 2011 he joined the Gastrointestinal Research Group at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute as a Research Fellow. The focus of his research is on experimental recording and mathematical modelling of gastrointestinal electrophysiology. In particular, he is interested in using experimental data to reinforce multi-scale simulations of gastric electrical activity.

In 2012 Peng won the Vice Chancellor's Prize for Best Doctoral Thesis. Later that year, Peng was awarded a Marsden Fast Start Grant, and a Rutherford Foundation NZ Post-doctoral Fellowship. In 2013, he received a University of Auckland Early Career Excellence Award.

In 2015, he was awarded one of the prestigious Rutherford Discovery Fellowships.


Research | Current

Peng's current research focus is two-fold.

  1. He is investigating the structural-functional relationship of gastrointestinal electrophysiology.
  2. He is trying to apply non-invasive techniques to record gastric electrical activity.

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Gastrointestinal System


2015   Rutherford Discovery Fellowship

2013   Early Career Research Excellence Award

2012   Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for Best Doctoral Thesis

2011   Runner-up, Three Minute Thesis Competition

2010   John Carman Prize, Medical Sciences Congress

2010   Third place, SPARK Entrepreneurship Ideas Challenge

2010   i-Volve Award for Biotechnology Innovation

2009   Top student paper, Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference

2007   Auckland Bioengineering Institute Prize in Biomedical Engineering

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society New Zealand North Section (IEEE EMBS)
  • Past Secretary of the STRATUS Network for Emerging Researchers


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Paskaranandavadivel, N., Cheng, L. K., Du, P., Rogers, J. M., & O'Grady G (2017). High-resolution mapping of gastric slow-wave recovery profiles: biophysical model, methodology, and demonstration of applications. American journal of physiology. Gastrointestinal and liver physiology, 313 (3), G265-G276. 10.1152/ajpgi.00127.2017
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Greg O'Grady, Nira Paskaranandavadivel
  • O'Grady G, Paskaranandavadivel, N., Du, P., Angeli, T., Erickson, J. C., & Cheng, L. K. (2017). Correct techniques for extracellular recordings of electrical activity in gastrointestinal muscle. Nature reviews. Gastroenterology & hepatology, 14 (6)10.1038/nrgastro.2017.15
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Greg O'Grady, Nira Paskaranandavadivel, Timothy Angeli
  • Lin, A. Y., Du, P., Dinning, P. G., Arkwright, J. W., Kamp, J. P., Cheng, L. K., ... O'Grady G (2017). High-resolution anatomic correlation of cyclic motor patterns in the human colon: Evidence of a rectosigmoid brake. American Journal of Physiology - Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology, 312 (5), G508-G515. 10.1152/ajpgi.00021.2017
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33894
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Greg O'Grady, Ian Bissett, Leo Cheng
  • Angeli, T. R., Du, P., Paskaranandavadivel, N., Sathar, S., Hall, A., Asirvatham, S. J., ... O'Grady G (2017). High-resolution electrical mapping of porcine gastric slow-wave propagation from the mucosal surface. Neurogastroenterology and motility : the official journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society, 29 (5).10.1111/nmo.13010
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33442
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Timothy Angeli, Nira Paskaranandavadivel, John Windsor, Greg O'Grady, Leo Cheng, Shameer Sathar
  • Du, P., O'Grady G, & Cheng, L. K. (2017). A theoretical analysis of anatomical and functional intestinal slow wave re-entry. Journal of theoretical biology, 425, 72-79. 10.1016/j.jtbi.2017.04.021
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Leo Cheng, Greg O'Grady
  • Malysz, J., Gibbons, S. J., Saravanaperumal, S. A., Du, P., Eisenman, S. T., Cao, C., ... Ordog, T. (2017). Conditional genetic deletion of Ano1 in interstitial cells of Cajal impairs Ca2+ transients and slow waves in adult mouse small intestine. American journal of physiology. Gastrointestinal and liver physiology, 312 (3), G228-G245. 10.1152/ajpgi.00363.2016
  • Berry, R., Cheng, L. K., Du, P., Paskaranandavadivel, N., Angeli, T. R., Mayne, T., ... O'Grady G (2017). Patterns of Abnormal Gastric Pacemaking After Sleeve Gastrectomy Defined by Laparoscopic High-Resolution Electrical Mapping. Obesity surgery10.1007/s11695-017-2597-6
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nira Paskaranandavadivel, Timothy Angeli, Greg O'Grady, Leo Cheng
  • Wang, T.-H., Du, P., Angeli, T., Paskaranandavadivel, N., Erickson, J., Abell, T., ... O'Grady G (2017). Relationships between gastric slow wave frequency, velocity, and extracellular amplitude studied by a joint experimental-theoretical approach. Neurogastroenterology and Motility10.1111/nmo.13152
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nira Paskaranandavadivel, Timothy Angeli, Greg O'Grady


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Level 7, Room 747
New Zealand

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