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Academic staff

  • Professor Hala Zreiqat, Head - Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Research Unit

    Professor Hala Zreiqat directs a diverse, multidisciplinary team of scientists, biomedical engineers and histologists with the dual aim of developing novel prosthetic devices and scaffolds for skeletal tissue regeneration; and gaining greater understanding of bone/cartilage and endothelial cells biology when in contact with engineered biomaterials.

  • Associate Professor Colin Dunstan

    Associate Professor Colin Dunstan is a respected authority on bone metabolism with over 25 years of experience in both clinical and basic research.

  • Dr Zufu Lu
    Lecturer and Early Career Fellow (ECR) awarded by NHMRC

    Dr Zufu Lu researches the factors involved in tissue microenvironments that are necessary for repair and regeneration, so he can recreate these microenvironments for tissue engineering repair and regeneration. This mainly includes understanding how the biological, chemical and physical factors in natural bone and cartilage tissue microenvironments affect the differentiation fate of mesenchymal stem cells and their underlying molecular mechanisms, with particular interest in understanding the contributions of cellular and extracellular matrix components.

  • Dr Yogambha Ramaswamy
    Early Career Fellow awarded by NHMRC

    Dr Yogambha Ramaswamy's research is focussed on the biological characterisation of novel materials for hard and soft tissue applications and also using biomaterials to understand how the physical cues of the materials influence stem cell microenvironment and direct them towards differentiation.

  • Dr Seyed-Iman Roohani-Esfahani
    Early Career Fellow awarded by NHMRC

    Tissue loss or damage resulting from injuries or diseases remain frequent and serious health problems, despite great advances in medical technologies and life sciences. Dr Iman Roohani-Esfahani's research is focused on developing new materials or synthetic grafts and implanting them in these defects to facilitate the healing process.

  • Dr Jiao Jiao Li
    Research Associate
    Many people develop osteochondral defects in their joints (e.g. hip joint, knee joint), potentially from a relatively young age due to sports-related injuries or falls. These defects are very difficult to treat because they involve two types of tissues in the joint, namely both the cartilage and the underlying bone. Successful long term treatment is rare and osteoarthritis is often the result. Dr Jiao Jiao Li's research aims to find a viable tissue engineering solution to treat osteochondral defects, through the development of multiphasic polymer-ceramic constructs and investigating the mechanisms underlying the relevant material-cell interactions.

Current Students

  • Peter Newman
    PhD student

    Biological systems are highly organised hierarchical structures. Processes at the nanoscale, such as the creation of DNA, protein synthesis, cell attachment and cell movement form integrated systems that work together to create macroscale functions. For this reason, changes to biological systems at the nanoscale can have unprecedented effects.

    Peter Newman's research investigates the use of nanomaterials in regenerative medicine. His approach is highly multidisciplinary combining technologies from various fields. This extends from nanomaterial synthesis and biochemical conjugations to gene therapies and advanced fluorescence imaging.

    This approach is reflected in his background working across five different laboratories - Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials Research Unit and the Lab for Sustainable Technology at the University of Sydney, Immune Imaging (Centenary Institute), The Khademhosseini Lab (Harvard-MIT Health Sciences School) and The Mooney Lab (Harvard).

    His hope is that the unique properties of nanomaterials will lead to better healthcare and quality of life.

  • Young Jung No
    PhD student

    Injectable bone cements (IBCs) allow the strengthening of bone weakened by diseases such as osteoporosis, using minimally invasive procedures. The market for IBCs represents a significant proportion of the multi-billion dollar orthopaedic industry. Currently available IBCs satisfy some of the required properties for clinical use, but are not quite ideal and have certain drawbacks. Young No is researching how to develop a bioactive and bioresorbable material that can be injected into bone defects, which then solidifies to enable mechanical support in the weakened bone.

  • Stephanie Yee
    PhD student

    Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. Tissue engineered cardiac patches present an attractive treatment for heart disease, but several challenges still remain in their development. Not only do patches need to be able support a stable population of contractile cardiac cells, but they must also be durable, highly elastic and possesses similar biomechanical properties to the native tissue. Stephanie's research aims to develop and characterise a novel fibre composite that can be used to engineer cardiac tissue, as well as the design of the scaffold and accompanying culture system.

  • Lin Jiang
    PhD student

    Artificial bone is artificial materials for the manufacture of human bone substitutes or fracture fixation material. The material includes polymer materials, such as PMMA, HDPE, etc,. However, these materials have a short lifespan, low corrosion resistance and low strength and numerous deficiencies.

    Lin Jiang's research adopts an environment friendly method to prepare Carbon materials and nano SiC materials as a raw material which could apply in artificial bone research. This method has two steps, Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) and electroplating. This not only address the short lifespan materials issue but also provides a nano structure controllable materials.

  • Seamus Thomson
    PhD student

    Osseointegration is defined as the direct structural and functional connection between ordered, living bone and the surface of a load-bearing implant. Osseointegrated implants eliminate many of the complications associated with socket-suspension prostheses and are osteoconductive. These characteristics render osseointegtrated implants as suitable candidates for dynamic loading environments, especially for amputee patients in that these implants can allow them to walk again. Seamus' research is directed at investigating clinical and laboratory approaches into the current understanding, development and application of osseointegration.

  • MD. Musharraf Hossain
    PhD student

  • Christina Viray
    PhD student

    Using Novel Methods To Coat Orthopaedic Implants With A Ceramic Material

Past Visiting Scholars

  • Associate Professor Xiaobing Zhao

Past Post Doctoral