Distinguished Professor 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 the 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.

As recent Co-Chair of the Physiome Committee of the International Union of Physiological Sciences, Peter is helping to lead the world in 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 Director of Computational Physiology at Oxford University, and Director of the Medical Technologies Centre of Research Excellence (MedTech CoRE) hosted by the University of Auckland. He also holds honorary or visiting Professorships at a number of universities around the world.

Peter is also on the scientific advisory boards of a number of research institutes in Europe, the US and the Asia-Pacific region.


  • Secretary-General 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)

  • Atalag, K., Kalbasi, R., Zivaljevic, A., Nickerson, D., Warren, J., Cooling, M., & Hunter, P. (23/2/2017). So what does linking computational models with clinical data mean and how to do It?. Poster presented at ABI Research Forum 2017, Auckland. ABI Research Forum. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Koray Atalag, Aleksandar Zivaljevic, David Nickerson, Jim Warren
  • Yu, H., Ho, H., Bartlett, A., & Hunter, P. (2017). Modelling respiration induced torso deformation using a mesh fitting algorithm. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics). 10.1007/978-3-319-54427-4_45
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Harvey Ho, Adam Bartlett
  • Hunter, P. J., & Smith, N. P. (2016). The Cardiac Physiome Project. The Journal of Physiology, 594 (23), 6815-6816. 10.1113/JP273415
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nic Smith
  • Safaei, S., Bradley, C. P., Suresh, V., Mithraratne, K., Muller, A., Ho, H., ... Chase, J. G. (2016). Roadmap for cardiovascular circulation model. The Journal of Physiology10.1113/JP272660
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Harvey Ho, Soroush Safaei, Christopher Bradley, Kumar Mithraratne, Vinod Suresh
  • Hunter, P. (2016). The Virtual Physiological Human: The Physiome Project Aims to Develop Reproducible, Multiscale Models for Clinical Practice. IEEE Pulse, 7 (4), 36-42. 10.1109/MPUL.2016.2563841
  • Viceconti, M., & Hunter, P. (2016). The Virtual Physiological Human: Ten Years After. Annual review of biomedical engineering, 18, 103-123.
  • Cooling, M. T., Nickerson, D. P., Nielsen, P. M., & Hunter, P. J. (2016). Modular modelling with physiome standards. The Journal of physiology
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/31923
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mike Cooling, Poul Nielsen, David Nickerson
  • Du, P., Yassi, R., Gregersen, H., Windsor, J. A., & Hunter, P. J. (2016). The virtual esophagus: investigating esophageal functions in silico. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Windsor, Peng Du


Contact details

Alternative contact

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

Primary location

Level 6, Room 613
New Zealand

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