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Overview

We combine biology, medicine, engineering and physics to design and develop new equipment and methods that improve the quality of human health and life.

Practitioners in these fields design everything from surgical devices, prosthetics and artificial organs to systems for medical monitoring, radiation therapy, patient monitoring and diagnosing disease.

Biomedical engineers and medical physicists have developed life-saving technologies that have made enormous advancements in healthcare and the quality of people's lives.

Our experts

Our discipline brings together a diverse team of experts who deliver world-class education and achieve breakthroughs in research.

Explore our staff profiles to discover the amazing work our researchers are contributing to.

Associate Professor Travis Klein
Discipline Leader, Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering

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Professor Cameron Brown
Position
Professor of Biomedical Engineering & Director, MERF
Division / Faculty
Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
Research fields
Biomedical Engineering
Other Physical Sciences
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Distinguished Professor Dietmar Hutmacher
Position
Professor and Chair in Regenerative Medicine
Division / Faculty
Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
Research fields
Other Biological Sciences
Biomedical Engineering
Medical Physiology
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Professor Peter Pivonka
Position
Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering and Spinal Disorders
Division / Faculty
Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
Research fields
Biomedical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Materials Engineering
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Professor Mia Woodruff
Position
Professor
Division / Faculty
Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
Research fields
Biomedical Engineering
Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Engineering Design
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Professor Yin Xiao
Position
Professor
Division / Faculty
Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
Research fields
Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Clinical Sciences
Medical Biotechnology
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Professor Ross Crawford
Position
Chair in Orthopaedic Research
Division / Faculty
Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
Research fields
Biomedical Engineering
Clinical Sciences
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Associate Professor Jamie Trapp
Position
Associate Professor
Division / Faculty
Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
Research field
Other Physical Sciences
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Associate Professor Travis Klein
Position
IHBI Theme Leader - Injury Prevention and Trauma Management
Division / Faculty
Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
Research fields
Biomedical Engineering
Clinical Sciences
Biochemistry and Cell Biology
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Dr Kateryna Bazaka
Position
Senior Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
Research fields
Biomedical Engineering
Other Physical Sciences
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Dr Devakar Epari
Position
Senior Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
Research fields
Biomedical Engineering
Clinical Sciences
Human Movement and Sports Science
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Dr Andrew Fielding
Position
Senior Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
Research fields
Other Physical Sciences
Oncology and Carcinogenesis
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Dr Konstantin Momot
Position
Senior Lecturer in Experimental Physics
Division / Faculty
Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
Research field
Other Physical Sciences
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Real students

"When a family member received a cochlear implant I saw how medical engineering could provide a long-term solution to his hearing loss. I would love a career working to improve the health of individuals through the development and implementation of viable healthcare technology."

Renee Nightingale

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Medical)

Research

Our discipline comprises of researchers and educators who apply their skills in biology, chemistry, physics, engineering and medicine to solve medical problems.

We focus our investigations on the musculoskeletal system. We have surgeons as members of our discipline to inform and lead our research.

We conduct research in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine where we develop biomaterials and manufacturing technologies that work to regenerate tissues such as bone, cartilage and breast.

Our key areas for analysis of native and engineered tissues include biomechanics and imaging. We have significant capacity and expertise in biomechanical studies from the molecular to organ level.

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Biofabrication and Tissue Morphology

The Biofabrication and Tissue Morphology group focuses on embedding biofabrication into routine clinical use.

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Biomechanics and Spine Research Group

Our Biomechanics and Spine Research Group conducts research with the goal of improving the current treatments and understanding of spine disorders.

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Projects

Antibacterial impact assessment of nanopillar surfaces on titanium implants

Project leaders
Dates

2018-2020

Project summary

This project aims to further understand the bactericidal properties of nano-pillared/textured surfaces, onto orthopaedic implants. It will do so by mimicking the nano-pillar structures derived from cicada wings by using Helium ion microscopy (HIM) and also Hydro Thermal techniques. The project also aims to study the physical mechanisms of the fracture of bacteria using numerical modelling.

This project will result in new generation implants with minimal bacterial infection that could result in cost savings to the Australian healthcare, improved quality of life in aged population, and may lead to the establishment of new implant industry sector in Australia.

Novel multiscale model to investigate mechanical properties of cartilage

Project leaders
Dates

2018-2020

Project summary

This project aims to develop a new multiscale model to investigate anisotropic and inhomogeneous mechanical properties of cartilage. It has been found that the mechanical properties of cartilage highly depend on its microstructures and components. The new model is proposed based on a new constitutive relation in the macroscale and a novel algorithm to obtain local stress distributions in the microscale as well as through rigorous experimental validations.

This model will be a powerful tool to understand cartilage mechanical properties. It will accelerate the design of mechanically viable artificial cartilage biomaterial, which will provide significant economic benefits and place Australia in the forefront of modelling and biomaterials.

Smart Matrix™ approaches towards neo vascularisation in bone repair

Project leader

Associate Professor Mia Woodruff

Dates

2013-2016

Project summary

Bone injuries cost Australia more than $1 billion annually. The development of a medical device combining novel pro-angiogenic technology, Smart Matrix™, with polymer scaffolds for treatment of bone defects by this project, will facilitate rapid development of a blood supply within the defect, aiding bone growth and reducing overall costs compared to current treatments.

A novel electrospraying technology platform for controlled and targeted growth factor delivery

Project leader

Associate Professor Mia Woodruff

Dates

2013-2016

Project summary

This project will develop a new growth factor delivery strategy to stimulate bone regeneration. The project will utilise the technique of electrospraying to create small dissolving polymer microspheres containing bone-relevant growth factors, which are released gradually as the polymer degrades after implantation into a bone defect site to promote healing.

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