Dr Peter Houweling

 - Affiliate Investigator

Research focus: Skeletal Muscle Disease

Dr Peter Houweling obtained his PhD in 2009 from the University of Sydney, for describing the genetic cause of Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinoses (NCL; Batten Disease) in two large animal models. He began his research career at the Children's Hospital at Westmead, under the direction of Professor Kathryn North where he studied the role of a common null polymorphism in a-actinin-3 (ACTN3).

Currently, Dr Houweling is a Team Leader/Senior Research Officer at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, where he continues to study the molecular and physiological effects of ACTN3. He is also part of the MCRI Stem cell Medicine program where he is developing the tools and techniques needed to use induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) to grow skeletal muscle from patients with muscle disease.