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FEA study into ankle kinematics and traumatic injury to the talar dome

The HBI has been conducting research into talar dome morphology for the past several years. We have demonstrated links between tibial pilon fractures and talar dome injuries not previously identified in the literature. Current literature has reported only 3 cases of injury to the talar dome during a tibial pilon fracture.However, over the last 10 years at the RBWH, we have identified 58 cases. These injuries have been digitally mapped and combined to observe common fracture patterns. With extensive access …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
Science and Engineering Faculty

Biological engineering of waste into functional fungal mycelial composites

This project aims to take a waste material and repurpose it using fungal mycelial mats to penetrate and bind the organic compounds.Numerous residues from agriculture and the urban lifestyle comprise of carbon polymeric chains that are accessible to fungi. Fungi grow on and within these structures and can generate a bound matrix that has notably different properties. Various fungal strains will be assessed fro growth and colonization of various agricultural residues (e.g. sugarcane trash, bagasse, paunch) and urban waste (cardboard, …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
Science and Engineering Faculty

Computational modelling of fluid flows at the microscale

Computer modelling techniques are key to develop fundamental understanding of the flow physics at the microscale. Miniaturising devices, in particular for biology and bio-engineering applications become crucial to realise the full potential of those devices. Numerical techniques will play a pivotal role in achieving such optimal miniaturisation through improving our understanding of the flow phenomena at those scales and optimising those devices.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
Science and Engineering Faculty

Optimising bone shape with memory networks

Bone is a dynamic tissue that optimises its shape to the mechanical loads that it carries. Bone mass is accrued where loads are high, and reduced where loads are low. This adaptation of bone tissue to mechanical loads is well-known and observed in many instances. However, what serves as a reference mechanical state in this shape optimisation remains largely unknown.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
Science and Engineering Faculty

Blood flow in artery with atheroslcerosis

Rupture of atherosclerotic plaques without warning is responsible for most acute cardiovascular syndromes such as heart attack and stroke, and many victims who are apparently healthy die suddenly without prior symptoms.Such deaths could be prevented by surgery or alternative medical therapy if vulnerable plaques were identified earlier in their natural history. Understanding of the fluid flow behaviour of the moving blood can help the assessment of plaque vulnerability to avoid such acute events.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
Science and Engineering Faculty

Finite element modelling of spinal surgery in paediatric spinal deformity patients

We have developed custom software to create patient-specific finite element (FE) models of an individual spine for paediatric patients. We use these models to improve our understanding of the biomechanics of the young deformed spine (particularly children with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis - S shaped spinal curve) and to simulate the surgery these patients will receive, in order to predict their potential surgical outcomes.This information can assist surgeons in pre-operative planning. Vertebral body tethering (VBT) is a type of surgery performed …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering

Phylogenetic comparison between clonal P. aeruginosa strains and global, clinical strains of P. aeruginosa

QUT researchers have recently sequenced the genomes of a selection of clonal P. aeruginosa strains that are know to cause severe hospital-acquired infections in the United Kingdom and Australia.The phylogenetic relationship between these strains and other global, clinical P. aeruginosa strains is unclear.

Study level
Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences

Can pathogenic bacteria 'percieve' the tissue types in their environment?

Pathogenic bacteria have a range of mechanisms by which they perceive their environment. It is not clear if pathogenic bacteria have the capacity to perceive the tissue type in which they reside but, if such capacity is present, it is likely to involve the action of secreted proteases.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences

The microbiome of the bovine rumen; modification of rumen function using bio-char

Biochar is a high-carbon solid residue that is produced from the direct thermal decomposition of lignocellulosic biomass. Biochar can be used to improve the productivity of soils but has also been shown to reduce the production of methane during rumination in cattle and other livestock. As a result, bio-char has widespread potential as a tool to reduce the contribution of animal production to total greenhouse gas emissions.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
Science and Engineering Faculty

Organic light emitting diodes for applications in displays, sensors and wearables

Organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) have revolutionized the display industry with flexible and thin displays of high colour contrast. We can already see applications of OLED displays in smart phones and TV screens including curved TVs.It is also a very promising technology for the next generation of solid state lighting. A very recent and emerging area is the application of organic electronic devices including OLEDs for wearable biomedical sensors.OLEDs are a desirable candidate for such applications because they can be …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering

Organic thin film transistors for sensors, bioelectronic interfaces and bionics

Organic electronic devices are flexible, light weight and stretchable. This makes them an ideal candidate for integrating and interfacing with soft tissues in biological systems.Particularly, organic thin film transistors (OTFTs) have the potential to offer low cost, easy-to-use and printable sensors for a variety of applications such as chemical sensing and explosive sensing. Additionally, OTFTs have shown great promise for applications in biosensing and interaction with the biological world. This project aims to explore OTFTs and develop OTFT designs for …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering

Optimising the stiffness of 3D-printed stents through finite element modelling

Personalised medicine, through 3D printing of uniquely designed medical devices, offers to provide marked improvements in patient outcomes. One of interest at QUT is 3D printing of arterial stents. 3D printing allows the stent to be tailored to meet various design goals (e.g. stiffness).In this project, we are interested in predicting the stiffness of 3D-printed stents. Using finite element analysis (ANSYS APDL), you will model different stent geometries and design, and predict how these stents behave under various loads.Currently an …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
Science and Engineering Faculty

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