Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Bioengineering

Professor in Cardiovascular Mechanics



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4.34Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





Professor Peter Weinberg won a scholarship to Cambridge, where he read Natural Sciences. He then obtained a DIC, MSc and PhD from Imperial College, the latter being obtained in the Physiological Flow Studies Unit. After being awarded a Lady Davis Fellowship in the Department of Bioengineering at the Technion, Israel, and further postdoctoral studies in the Physiological Flow Studies Unit, he was appointed Lecturer and then Reader in the School of Animal and Microbial Sciences, University of Reading. In 2004, he returned to Imperial College as a Reader in the Department of Bioengineering, and was appointed Professor of Cardiovascular Mechanics there in 2007.

Professor Weinberg’s research is chiefly concerned with elucidating mechanisms involved in the development of atherosclerosis. He has developed a new theory relating the anatomically patchy distribution of atherosclerosis to variation in blood flow, endothelial nitric oxide synthesis and uptake of plasma macromolecules by the arterial wall. He is also developing methods of pulsewave analysis for assessing nitric oxide synthesis non-invasively, and is studying the large differences in vascular fluid mechanics that occur between species of different size. The work has been funded by BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC, BHF and the Wellcome Trust.

He has been elected Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society, Ordinary Member of the Physiological Society, Member of the British Atherosclerosis Society, Committee Member of the London Microcirculation Group, Committee Member of the British Society for Cardiovascular Research and Committee Member of the British Atherosclerosis Society. He was also a member of the Steering Committee of the EPSRC-funded Network in Physiological Flow Modelling and is Vice Chair of the Cardiovascular Technology Network. He has helped organise numerous conferences including the first joint meeting of the British Society for Cardiovascular Research and the British Atherosclerosis Society.

Peter’s research publications can be found at the tab above, or on Google Scholar

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Vincent PE, Plata AM, Hunt AAE, et al., 2011, Blood flow in the rabbit aortic arch and descending thoracic aorta, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, Vol:8, ISSN:1742-5689, Pages:1708-1719

Bond AR, Iftikhar S, Bharath AA, et al., 2011, Morphological Evidence for a Change in the Pattern of Aortic Wall Shear Stress With Age, Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, Vol:31, ISSN:1079-5642, Pages:543-550

Warboys CM, Berson RE, Mann GE, et al., 2010, Acute and chronic exposure to shear stress have opposite effects on endothelial permeability to macromolecules, American Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology, Vol:298, ISSN:0363-6135, Pages:H1850-H1856

Alastruey J, Nagel SR, Nier BA, et al., 2009, Modelling pulse wave propagation in the rabbit systemic circulation to assess the effects of altered nitric oxide synthesis, Journal of Biomechanics, Vol:42, ISSN:0021-9290, Pages:2116-2123

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