Dr Timothy Angeli

BSE, MSE Mich., PhD

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Senior Research Fellow


Tim Angeli is a Senior Reseach Fellow with the Gastrointestinal (GI) Research Group at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI). He is currently supported by the Edith C. Coan Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Auckland Medical Research Foundation. His research focuses on in vivo measurement and monitoring of GI electrophysiology, with a specific focus on developing new diagnostic devices and interventional therapeutics for functional gastrointestinal disorders.

Tim originally joined the GI Research Group at the ABI in December 2009 as a PhD student. He investigated the underlying electrophysiological control of the small intestine using high-resolution electrical mapping, and received his PhD in early 2014.

Prior to joining the ABI in New Zealand, Tim attended the University of Michigan, USA, where he graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Engineering (2008, Magna Cum Laude honours) and Master of Science in Engineering (2009), both in Biomedical Engineering. He investigated innovative methods of drug delivery based on the human body's natural immune response for his Master's research, and also worked at a biotechnology company where he was involved in the research and development of a bioartificial kidney.

Research | Current

Tim is currently focused on developing new technologies for mapping, monitoring, and modulating gastrointestinal (GI) electrical activity, which is a vital controlling mechanism of digestion. His work is largely conducted across the fields of bioengineering, physiology, and medicine, with a specific aim of achieving new levels of clinical understanding for currently under-defined GI disorders, as well as developing new electrophysiologically-based diagnostics and therapeutics for those disorders.

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International Collaborations

Postgraduate supervision

Tim Wang, Advances in the investigation and management of post-operative gastric arrhythmias.
Zahra Aghababaie, Targeted ablation therapy for treatment of gastrointestinal dysrhythmias.

Abhishek Kamat, Determining the effects of electrode diameter and protrusion on signal morphology of gastrointestinal bioelectrical recordings.
Ashley Abraham, Quantification of high-resolution rabbit intestine slow wave dynamics.


  • 2017-2018: Edith C. Coan Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Auckland Medical Research Foundation, NZ.
  • 2017: Early Career Research Excellence Award, University of Auckland, NZ.
  • 2016: Vice Chancellor's Research Excellence Award, University of Auckland, NZ.
  • 2016: Young Investigator Award for Best Poster Presentation, American Gastroenterological Association, USA.
  • 2015: Best Paper / Presentation Award, NZ Society of Gastroenterology Conference, NZ.
  • 2013: Distinguished Young Investigator Award for Best Clinical Presentation, Neurogastroenterology and Motility Conference, USA.
  • 2013: Young Investigator Award for Top Abstract, Neurogastroenterology and Motility Conference, USA.
  • 2012: R.H.T. Bates Postgraduate Scholarship, Royal Society of NZ.
  • 2011: Baxter Healthcare Young Investigator Award for Best Presentation, New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology Conference, NZ.
  • 2011: First Place, 'Exposure' Postgraduate Research Oral Presentation Competition, University of Auckland, NZ.
  • 2011: Best Presentation, Riddet Institute Student Colloquium, NZ.
  • 2010: 'Chiasma i-Volve' Award for Best Biotechnology Entry, 'SPARK' Entrepreneurship Ideas Challenge, University of Auckland, NZ.
  • 2009-2012: Earle Food Research Scholar, Riddet Institute, NZ.
  • 2009: James B. Angell Scholar, University of Michigan, USA.
  • 2008: Magna Cum Laude Graduation Honours, University of Michigan, USA.


Areas of expertise

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Electrophysiology
  • Gastrointestinal Motility
  • Translational Experimentation
  • Experimental Physiology

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Academic Service (Present)

Professional Societies

  • 2017-Present: Australasian Neurogastroenterology and Motility Association (ANGMA)
  • 2016-Present: Auckland Medical Research Foundation (AMRF)
  • 2015-Present: American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society (ANMS)
  • 2015-Present: International Gastrointestinal Electrophysiology Society (iGES)
  • 2010-Present: New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology (NZSG)
  • 2010-Present: Physiological Society of New Zealand (PSNZ)
  • 2011: Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Angeli, T. R., O'Grady G, Vather, R., Bissett, I. P., & Cheng, L. K. (2018). Intra-operative high-resolution mapping of slow wave propagation in the human jejunum: Feasibility and initial results. Neurogastroenterology and motility : the official journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society10.1111/nmo.13310
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ian Bissett
  • Erickson, J. C., Hayes, J. A., Bustamante, M., Joshi, R., Rwagaju, A., Paskaranandavadivel, N., & Angeli, T. R. (2018). Intsy: a low-cost, open-source, wireless multi-channel bioamplifier system. Physiol Meas10.1088/1361-6579/aaad51
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nira Paskaranandavadivel
  • Angeli, T. R., & O'Grady G (2018). Challenges in defining, diagnosing, and treating diabetic gastroparesis. Journal of diabetes and its complications, 32 (2), 127-128. 10.1016/j.jdiacomp.2017.11.006
  • Paskaranandavadivel, N., Angeli, T., Stocker, A., McElmurray, L., O'Grady G, Abell, T., & Cheng, L. K. (2017). Ambulatory gastric mucosal slow wave recording for chronic experimental studies. Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Annual Conference, 2017, 755-758. 10.1109/embc.2017.8036934
    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, Peng Du
  • 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, 29 (5).10.1111/nmo.13010
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33442
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nira Paskaranandavadivel, John Windsor, Greg O'Grady, Leo Cheng, Peng Du, Shameer Sathar
  • 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, Greg O'Grady, Leo Cheng, Peng Du
  • Du, P., Calder, S., Angeli, T. R., Sathar, S., Paskaranandavadivel, N., O'Grady G, & Cheng, L. K. (2017). Progress in Mathematical Modeling of Gastrointestinal Slow Wave Abnormalities. Front Physiol, 810.3389/fphys.2017.01136
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nira Paskaranandavadivel, Shameer Sathar


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Primary location

Level 7, Room 735
New Zealand

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