Christina Bursill

Dr, PhD

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Dr Christina Bursill started as Co-director of the Vascular Research Centre in January 2017 at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute and as a Senior Research Fellow at The University of Adelaide, Department of Health and Medical Science. She recently received the inaugural Lin Huddleston National Heart Foundation fellowship. Dr Bursill is a vascular biologist with interests and expertise in vascular inflammation, atherosclerosis and angiogenesis. She completed her PhD at The University of Adelaide in lipid metabolism then headed to Oxford University for five years to undergo a postdoctoral post in the Departments of Cardiovascular Medicine and Pathology. Her postdoctoral time triggered her interest in the mechanisms that cause atherosclerosis and in particular the role of small inflammatory proteins called Chemokines. Christina returned to Australia in 2007 at the Heart Research Institute (HRI) in Sydney where she led the Immunobiology Group. In 2008, Dr Bursill was awarded a National Heart Foundation Career Development Fellowship. At the HRI Dr Bursill developed an interest in high-density lipoproteins (HDL) and through NHMRC/NHF funding investigates novel mechanisms of their action in models of stent biocompatibility, diabetes and wound healing. She also has an interest in using viral gene transfer techniques to over-express proteins that attenuate chemokine activity to suppress atherosclerosis and inflammatory-driven diseases. In 2015 she was awarded the University of Sydney Thompson Fellowship.

Research Interests

Cardiovascular Medicine and Haematology

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Adelaide


  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Haematology

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Research Output

The Multiple Roles of Chemokines in the Mechanisms of Stent Biocompatibility

Ravindran, D., Galougahi, K. K., Tan, J. T. M., Kavurma, M. M. & Bursill, C. A., 20 Mar 2020, In : Cardiovascular Research.

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1 Citation (Scopus)

A Nanoparticle-Based Affinity Sensor that Identifies and Selects Highly Cytokine-Secreting Cells

Liu, G., Bursill, C., Cartland, S. P., Anwer, A. G., Parker, L. M., Zhang, K., Feng, S., He, M., Inglis, D. W., Kavurma, M. M., Hutchinson, M. R. & Goldys, E. M., 25 Oct 2019, In : iScience. 20, p. 137-147 11 p.

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4 Citations (Scopus)

A Novel Ruthenium-based Molecular Sensor to Detect Endothelial Nitric Oxide

Vidanapathirana, A., Pullen, B., Zhang, R., Duong, M., Goyne, J. M., Zhang, X., Bonder, C. S., Abell, A. D., Bursill, C., Nicholls, S. J. & Psaltis, P., 8 Feb 2019, In : Scientific Reports. 16 p., (2019) 9:1720.

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Open Access

A Role for Chlorinated Nucleosides in the Perturbation of Macrophage Function and Promotion of Inflammation

MacEr-Wright, J. L., Stanley, N. R., Portman, N., Tan, J. T., Bursill, C., Rayner, B. S. & Hawkins, C. L., 17 Jun 2019, In : Chemical Research in Toxicology. 32, 6, p. 1223-1234 12 p.

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1 Citation (Scopus)