Study level

  • Vacation research experience scheme


Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Professor Mia Woodruff
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Engineering


Each year, millions of people suffer from traumatic tissue damage due to cancers, congenital defects or injury. Biofabrication is the rapid 3D printing of replacement tissue and organs that are customised to the specific needs of the patient. This future of manufacturing technology is set to revolutionise regenerative medicine and deliver high quality health outcomes. The Biofabrication and Tissue Morphology group is a world class multi-disciplinary research team focused on embedding biofabrication into routine clinical use.

Based at our state-of-the-art labs at QUT Kelvin Grove Campus, aligned with the Centre for Biomedical Technologies, our research has generated new knowledge on tissue-scaffold interaction leading to next generation technology development.

The ability for surgeons to visualize and prepare for upcoming surgeries are hindered by a lack of training and education tools which are specifically made for their patient’s anatomy and disease condition. 3D printing allows for the design and rapid manufacture of patient-specific education and preoperative surgical training and planning tools. The use of these patient-specific training models, in contrast to non-personalised training models, have decreased surgical operation times and could improve success rates and decrease complications, saving healthcare costs and patient lives.

In this project, the researcher will examine the surgical planning utility of different 3D printing materials, 3D printer technologies, and 3D printed anatomical models by evaluating cost- and time-efficacy, accuracy, and surgical utility through collaborations with local and interstate clinicians. We are looking for an enthusiastic, hard-working final year student who feels comfortable interacting with clinicians and surgeons who can elevate our current work in the space to become a publication.

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Skills and experience

We are seeking high-achieving QUT undergraduate students in medical, mechanical or mechatronics engineering, who have an interest and experience with 3D scanning, CAD modelling and 3D printing. 

Students are expected to attend the weekly BTM group meetings, Tuesdays 9-10:30am at KG-Q430, as well as subgroup meetings with your immediate supervisory team and collaborators. Students will need to undertake a building induction for KG-Q and lab-specific inductions and equipment training relevant to your project.



Contact the supervisor for more information.