Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineNational Heart & Lung Institute

Visiting Professor



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Heart Science CentreHarefield Hospital





Until 2017, Peter Kohl held the Chair in Cardiac Biophysics and Systems Biology at NHLI. Having relocated to Germany, to set up the new institute for Experimental Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Freiburg, he is now a Visiting Professor at NHLI.

Peter studied Medicine and Biophysics at the Moscow Pirogov Institute and, after post-graduate training and research at the Berlin Charité (PhD 1990, Facharzt 1991), he joined the Cardiac Electrophysiology Chair of Professor Denis Noble at Oxford. In 1998, Peter set up the Oxford Cardiac Mechano-Electric Feedback lab, initially as a Royal Society Research Fellow, and subsequently as a Senior Fellow of the British Heart Foundation. While at Oxford, he held a Research Fellowship at Keble College (2002-2004) and was the Tutorial Fellow in Biomedical Sciences at Balliol (2004-2010).

Peter’s team enjoys a strong international reputation in cardiac mechano-electrical interaction studies, in particular as a result of their ability to cross traditional boundaries between fields (engineering, biophysics, biology, computing) and levels (ion channel to whole organ) of investigation. Building on a solid track-record in the development and application of novel techniques, they combine experiment and computation to integrate cardiac structure-function data to address clinically-relevant research targets.

Peter directs a significant portfolio of externally-funded research (supported in recent years by German Research Foundation, ERC, BHF and BBSRC), and has been a driver of international collaboration actions, such as the Network of Excellence for the EU Virtual Physiological Human Initiative whose co-founding director he was. Peter is the coordinating editor of the primary textbook on Cardiac Mechano-Electric Coupling and Arrhythmias, and chairman of the leading international workshop series on the topic.

For more detail, please see Peter's Inaugural Lecture at Imperial College, and a recent review on the Institute for Experimental Cardiovascular Medicine in Freiburg.



Becker C, Hardarson J, Hoelzer A, et al., 2023, Evaluation of cervical lymph nodes using multispectral optoacoustic tomography: a proof-of-concept study., Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol, Vol:280, Pages:4657-4664

Simon-Chica A, Wülfers EM, Kohl P, 2023, Nonmyocytes as electrophysiological contributors to cardiac excitation and conduction., Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol, Vol:325, Pages:H475-H491

Chiang C-J, Kim H, Jonson-Reid M, et al., 2023, Risk factors and neglect subtypes: Findings from a nationally representative data set., Am J Orthopsychiatry

Lother A, Kohl P, 2023, The heterocellular heart: identities, interactions, and implications for cardiology., Basic Res Cardiol, Vol:118

Darkow E, Yusuf D, Rajamani S, et al., 2023, Meta-Analysis of Mechano-Sensitive Ion Channels in Human Hearts: Chamber- and Disease-Preferential mRNA Expression., Int J Mol Sci, Vol:24

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