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Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics

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

Meet our experts

Dr Caroline Grant
Position
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Division / Faculty
Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
Research fields
Biomedical Engineering
Other Physical Sciences
Email
Dr Sean Powell
Position
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (AQF)
Division / Faculty
Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
Research fields
Atomic, Molecular, Nuclear, Particle and Plasma Physics
Biomedical Engineering
Mathematical Physics
Email
Dr Indira Prasadam
Position
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Division / Faculty
Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
Research fields
Biomedical Engineering
Other Physical Sciences
Email
Dr Edward Ren
Position
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Division / Faculty
Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
Research fields
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
Email
Dr Marie-Luise Wille
Position
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Division / Faculty
Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
Research fields
Other Physical Sciences
Clinical Sciences
Biomedical Engineering
Email
Dr Lan Xiao
Position
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Division / Faculty
Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
Research fields
Biomedical Engineering
Other Physical Sciences
Email
Dr Yinghong Zhou
Position
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Division / Faculty
Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
Research fields
Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Biomedical Engineering
Email
Dr Katarzyna Futrega
Position
Research Associate
Division / Faculty
Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
Research field
Nanotechnology
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Dr Jacqui Mcgovern
Position
Research Associate
Division / Faculty
Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
Research fields
Medical Biochemistry and Metabolomics
Medical Microbiology
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Dr Christoph Meinert
Position
Research Associate
Division / Faculty
Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
Research fields
Biomedical Engineering
Other Physical Sciences
Email
Dr Zhibin Du
Position
Project Officer
Division / Faculty
Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
Research fields
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
Email
Dr Edmund Pickering
Position
Postdoctoral Fellow
Division / Faculty
Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics,
School of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering
Research fields
Biomedical Engineering
Other Physical Sciences
Email

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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)

Biofabrication and Tissue Morphology

Our Biofabrication and Tissue Morphology group focuses on embedding biofabrication into routine clinical use, generating new knowledge on tissue-scaffold interaction leading to next generation technology development.

Visit the Biofabrication and Tissue Morphology research page

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.

Visit the Biomechanics and Spine research page

ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre in Additive Biomanufacturing

Our ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre in Additive Biomanufacturing brings together an outstanding team of high profile researchers and industry partners from Australia and around the world to help transform the industry of 3D printing for medical applications.

Visit the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre in Additive Biomanufacturing website (external)

Australia-China Centre for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

Our Australia-China Centre for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (ACCTERM) is an international network that aims to generate interdisciplinary awareness, and promote and expand scientific cooperation and communication between China and Australia.

Visit the ACCTERM research page

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.

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