Dr Stephen Abbott

BSc (Hons), PhD

Heart Research of Institute

Email: abbotts@hri.org.au

Research interests

My research is currently focused on understanding the link between brain inflammation and cardiovascular disease. My research efforts are supported by an Early Career Fellowship from the National Health and Research Council of Australia.

Awards and honours

2016     The American Physiological Society Research Recognition Travel Award

2014     Respiration Physiology Neurobiology Young Investigators prize

2012     The American Physiological Society Research Recognition Travel Award

2011     University of Virginia Haynes Postdoctoral Award.

2010     Macquarie University Chancellors Commendation for Excellence in Postgraduate Research.

2008     Macquarie University Postgraduate Travel Award.


2013-2017     Early Career/CJ Martin Fellowship (National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia).

2011-2013     American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship.

2007-2010     Australian School of Advanced Medicine Scholarship.

2007-2010     Macquarie Research Excellence Scholarship.

Selected publications

Kumar NN, Velic A, Soliz J, Shi Y, Li K, Wang S, Weaver JL, Sen J, Abbott SBG, Lazarenko RM, Ludwig MG, Perez-Reyes E, Mohebbi N, Bettoni C, Gassmann M, Suply T, Seuwen K, Guyenet PG, Wagner CA, Bayliss DA. Regulation of breathing by CO requires the proton-activated receptor GPR4 in retrotrapezoid nucleus neurons. (2015) Science. Jun 12;348(6240):1255-60.

Abbott SBG, Coates MB, Stornetta RL, Guyenet PG. Optogenetic stimulation of C1 and retrotrapezoid nucleus neurons causes sleep state-dependent cardiorespiratory stimulation and arousal in rats. (2013) Hypertension 61(4):835-41.

Derecki NC, Cronk JC, Lu Z, Xu E, Abbott  SBG, Guyenet PGG, & Kipnis J. Wild-type microglia arrest pathology in a mouse model of Rett syndrome. (2012) Nature 18;484(7392):105-9.

Abbott SBG, Stornetta RL, Fortuna MG, Depuy SD, West GH, Harris TE & Guyenet PG. Photostimulation of Retrotrapezoid Nucleus Phox2b-Expressing Neurons In Vivo Produces Long-Lasting Activation of Breathing in Rats. (2009) Journal of Neuroscience 29, 5806-5819.