Researcher biography

Dr Mark C Allenby leads the BioMimetic Systems Engineering (BMSE) Laboratory. 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'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. Prior to joining UQ's School of Chemical Engineering as an ongoing Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering, Mark was a Lecturer and Advance Queensland Research Fellow at QUT from 2018 to 2021 where he principally supervised 3 PhDs and 2 MPhil/RAs, co-supervised 7 PhDs, and was awarded $1.2M of funding as a chief investigator across 15 competitive funding rounds. Mark received a PhD and MSc in chemical engineering from Imperial College London and has undergraduate degrees in mathematics and chemistry.

The BMSE Lab is hiring! We will be hiring one postdoctoral research associate and two PhD researchers to start as early as October 2021. 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 these areas. Additional details and formal job advertisements will be posted under the 'Avaliable Projects' tab in the coming weeks, but interested candidates are encouraged to contact Mark now.