Dist Prof Peter Hunter



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.


  • 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)

  • 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, Paul Roberts, Dane Gerneke
  • Sarwar, D. M., Kalbasi, R., Gennari, J. H., Carlson, B. E., Neal, M. L., Bono, B. D., ... Nickerson, D. P. (2019). Model annotation and discovery with the Physiome Model Repository. BMC bioinformatics, 20 (1)10.1186/s12859-019-2987-y
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Dewan Sarwar, Koray Atalag, David Nickerson
  • Ma, R., Hunter, P., Cousins, W., Ho, H., Bartlett, A., & Safaei, S. (2019). Anatomically based simulation of hepatic perfusion in the human liver. International journal for numerical methods in biomedical engineering, 35 (9)10.1002/cnm.3229
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Harvey Ho, Adam Bartlett, Soroush Safaei
  • Hunter, P., Tawhai, M., & Noble, D. (2019). A Tribute to Ewald Weibel. Physiology (Bethesda, Md.), 34 (3), 164-166. 10.1152/physiol.00007.2019
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Merryn Tawhai
  • Afshar, N., Safaei, S., Nickerson, D. P., Hunter, P. J., & Suresh, V. (2019). Computational Modeling of Glucose Uptake in the Enterocyte. FRONTIERS IN PHYSIOLOGY, 1010.3389/fphys.2019.00380
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/46930
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Soroush Safaei, David Nickerson, Vinod Suresh
  • Sarwar, D., Kalbasi, R., Gennari, J., Carlson, B., Neal, M., Bono, B. D., ... Nickerson, D. (2018). Model Annotation and Discovery with the Physiome Model Repository. 10.1101/498501
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Koray Atalag, David Nickerson
  • Afshar, N., Safaei, S., Nickerson, D., Hunter, P., & Suresh, V. (2018). Computational Modelling of the Role of GLUT2 in Glucose Uptake by Intestinal Epithelial Cells. Paper presented at 2018 Virtual Physiological Human Conference, Zaragoza, Spain. 5 September - 7 September 2018. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/46716
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Vinod Suresh, Soroush Safaei, David Nickerson
  • Sarwar, D., Yu, T., Atalag, K., Carlson, B., Gennari, J., Hunter, P. J., ... Nickerson, D. P. (2018). Investigating Hypotheses through Discovery of Relevant Models of Epithelial Transport. Paper presented at Experimental Biology Meeting, San Diego, CA. 21 April - 25 April 2018. FASEB JOURNAL. (pp. 2).
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Koray Atalag, Tommy Yu, David Nickerson


Contact details

Alternative contact

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

Primary office location

New Zealand

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