Phil Chowienczyk studied physics at Bristol University in 1975-1978, and worked in biomedical engineering before studying medicine in 1982-1988 at Guy’s Hospital Medical School. He is currently Professor of Cardiovascular Clinical Pharmacology in the British Heart Foundation Centre at King’s College London, Honorary Consultant Physician to Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust Hospital and Director of the Clinical Research Facilities at Guy’s and St Hospital. His research relates to the in vivo assessment of cardiovascular structure and function in humans with the aim of elucidating mechanisms leading to arterial disease and interventions to prevent/treat arterial disease. He currently leads a programme on stratified mechanisms in hypertension. He retains an interest in biomedical engineering in relation to non-invasive assessment of cardiovascular function.