Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics
Australia-first biofabrication institute
QUT and Metro North Hospital and Health Service have established the Herston Biofabrication Institute, which will host researchers including Professor Mia Woodruff, who is internationally recognised as a leader in biofabrication (3D printing body parts).
Innovative tissue repair approaches
Professor Yin Xiao leads the Australia-China Centre for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, which aims to develop new tissue engineering approaches to repair and regenerate skin, tooth, bone and other tissues, and to promote the integration of clinical and basic science.
Our 3D printed ear research
Advance Queensland Scholarship recipient and PhD student, Rena Cruz, is working on modelling a customisable ear cartilage model that can be used to print a 3D ear that matches a patient’s unaffected ear.
Breakthroughs in cancer treatment
We’ve developed a new 3D printable gel that opens the way to rapid, personalised cancer treatment by enabling multiple, simultaneous tests to find the correct therapy to target tumours.
Medical Engineering Research Facility
Work at this facility includes research, validation, commercialisation and training activities to ensure widespread adoption of new medical devices and techniques.Medical Engineering Research Facility
Simpler, safer and cheaper keyhole surgery
Professor Ross Crawford and QUT roboticists are developing a new class of medical imaging system for minimally invasive surgeries. Combining the latest in miniature depth camera technology, deep learning algorithms and 3D-ultrasound imaging, the research will solve surgical challenges with affordable, simple devices.
Industry collaboration on the science of comfort
Dr Caroline Grant and Dr Paige Little from our Biomechanics and Spine Research Group are collaborating with Sealy to study the spine’s biomechanics to discover the most comfortable surface to sleep on, and inform an new era of individually-tailored bedding products.
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.
"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."
Category 1 funded research projects
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.
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.
A preclinical humanised chimeric model to investigate novel therapeutic strategies against breast cancer bone metastasis
Interdisciplinary and inter-institution projects
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.
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.
Our researchers collaborate on projects in specialised research groups and facilities across disciplines and institutions.
Some of our industry and community partners include:
- Biofabrication and Tissue Morphology
- Materials Science and Engineering
- Queensland Orthopaedic Research Trust
- Restoration of Appearance and Function Trust
- Surgical Research Australia Pty Ltd.
Are you looking to study at a higher or more detailed level? We are currently looking for students to research topics at a variety of study levels, including PhD, Masters, Honours or the Vacation Research Experience Scheme (VRES).
We host an expert team of researchers and teaching staff, including Head of School and discipline leaders. Our discipline brings together a diverse team of experts who deliver world-class education and achieve breakthroughs in research.