Dr Toan Huu Pham



Toan completed PhD in Physiology at the University of Auckland in 2018. His PhD research was about cardiac mechanoenergetics in health and right-heart failure.

He joined Department of Nutrition in 2018 to work on a clinical study investigating the effect of mitochondrial-targeted antioxidants on muscle function in healthy aged men.

Research | Current

  • Understanding the mechanics and energetics of the heart, particularly focussing in energy efficiency at the tissue level (trabeculae) and subcellular (mitochondria) level in both health and disease.
  • Understanding the role of NZ red meat in the diet: nutrition and health wellbeings



  • Member, Physiological Society of NZ

Areas of expertise

  • Cardiac muscle physiology (mechanoenergetics)
  • Mitochondrial function
  • Molecular analyses
  • Clinical trials - human nutrition

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Member, Physiological Society of NZ

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Choi, D. H., Pham, T., Loiselle, D. S., Taberner, A. J., Han, J.-C., & Tran, K. (2020). The Inverse Relationship between Cardiac Muscle Stress and Cross-Sectional Area Is Preserved in Ba(2+)Contracture and in Chemically-Permeabilised Ca(2+)Contracture. EXPERIMENTAL MECHANICS10.1007/s11340-020-00652-y
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Denis Loiselle, Andrew Taberner, June-Chiew Han, Kenneth Tran
  • Mellor, N. G., Pham, T., Tran, K., Loiselle, D. S., Ward, M.-L., Taberner, A. J., ... Han, J.-C. (2020). Disruption of transverse-tubular network reduces energy efficiency in cardiac muscle contraction. Acta physiologica (Oxford, England)10.1111/apha.13545
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kenneth Tran, Denis Loiselle, Marie-Louise Ward, Andrew Taberner, David Crossman, June-Chiew Han
  • Pham, T., MacRae, C. L., Broome, S. C., D'souza RF, Narang, R., Wang, H. W., ... Merry, T. L. (2020). MitoQ and CoQ10 supplementation mildly suppresses skeletal muscle mitochondrial hydrogen peroxide levels without impacting mitochondrial function in middle-aged men. European journal of applied physiology, 120 (7), 1657-1669. 10.1007/s00421-020-04396-4
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Troy Merry, Caitlin Macrae
  • Merry, T. L., MacRae, C., Pham, T., Hedges, C. P., & Ristow, M. (2019). Deficiency in the ROS-sensing Nuclear Factor Erythroid 2-like 2 (Nrf2) causes altered glucose and lipid homeostasis following exercise training. American Journal of Physiology - Cell Physiology10.1152/ajpcell.00426.2019
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Troy Merry, Caitlin Macrae, Chris Hedges
  • Garrett, A. S., Pham, T., Loiselle, D., Han, J.-C., & Taberner, A. (2019). Mechanical loading of isolated cardiac muscle with a real-time computed Windkessel model of the vasculature impedance. Physiological reports, 7 (17)10.14814/phy2.14184
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Andrew Taberner, Denis Loiselle, June-Chiew Han
  • Pham, T., Zgierski-Johnston, C. M., Tran, K., Taberner, A. J., Loiselle, D. S., & Han, J.-C. (2019). Energy expenditure for isometric contractions of right and left ventricular trabeculae over a wide range of frequencies at body temperature. Scientific reports, 9 (1)10.1038/s41598-019-45273-1
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: June-Chiew Han, Kenneth Tran, Denis Loiselle, Andrew Taberner
  • Tomalka, A., Röhrle O, Han, J.-C., Pham, T., Taberner, A. J., & Siebert, T. (2019). Extensive eccentric contractions in intact cardiac trabeculae: revealing compelling differences in contractile behaviour compared to skeletal muscles. Proceedings. Biological sciences, 286 (1903)10.1098/rspb.2019.0719
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: June-Chiew Han, Andrew Taberner
  • Taberner, A., Nielsen, P., Johnston, C., Anderson, A., Cheuk, M., Garrett, A., ... Ruddy, B. (2019). A Dynamometer for Nature's Engines. IEEE INSTRUMENTATION & MEASUREMENT MAGAZINE, 22 (2), 10-16. 10.1109/MIM.2019.8674628
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Denis Loiselle, Andrew Taberner, Poul Nielsen, Kenneth Tran, Bryan Ruddy, June-Chiew Han, Jarrah Dowrick


Contact details

Alternative contact

Auckland Bioengineering Institute

Ground floor 439-621

70 Symonds Street, Auckland

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 504 - Bldg 504
Level 2, Room 234
New Zealand

Secondary office location

Level G, Room G12
New Zealand

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