Researcher biography

Dr Mark C Allenby leads the BioMimetic Systems Engineering (BMSE) Lab. In the BMSE Lab, we combine Tissue Engineering, Biomedical Image Analysis, and Computational Biology to study and solve biological and medical problems using biomimetic systems. Initially, we focus on Blood Vessels and Vascularised Systems as these are the essential building blocks of mass transport in functional tissue. Our work aligns with chemical engineering fundamentals and clinical collaborators in vascular surgery, neurosurgery, and radiology. Our systems engineering approaches allow us to examine, model, engineer, optimise, control, scale, and automate dynamic systems of several entities such as multi-cellular tissues or cell-material and cell-fluid systems.

Mark is a Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering and a future ARC DECRA Fellow (2022-2025) within UQ's School of Chemical Engineering. Mark is an Advance Queensland Fellow (2019-2022) and Adjunct Senior Lecturer at QUT. Mark has principally supervised 3 PhDs and 2 MPhil/RAs, co-supervised 7 PhDs, and has been awarded $1.7M of funding as chief investigator across 16 competitive funding rounds in 3 years. Mark received a PhD and MSc in chemical engineering from Imperial College London and has undergraduate degrees in mathematics and chemistry. Mark's background includes the engineering of dynamic stem cell bioreactors for tissue biomanufacturing, automated signal and image processing for tissue diagnostics, and model-based optimisation and control of 4D cell systems.

The BMSE Lab is hiring! We will be hiring one postdoctoral research associate and two PhD researchers to start January 2022. We will then be hiring additional PhDs researchers as part of Mark's ARC DECRA project April 2022. We are looking for candidates that have experience in engineered cell culture platforms and data science or computational modelling. The postdoc candidate must have published experience in engineered cell culture systems. Additional details and formal job advertisements are currently under the 'Avaliable Projects' tab, and interested candidates are encouraged to contact Mark now.