News and Past Events

April 8th, 2024: Sabrina successfully passed her final PhD viva for her thesis "Fluid-Structure Interactions in Peripheral Arteries: Biomechanical Coupling of In-Silico, In-Vitro, and Cellular Models with Application to Patient-Specific Femoral-Popliteal Bypass Graft Anastomoses". A special thanks to PhD examiners Prof Barry Doyle, Susann Beier, and Geoff Wang. Congratulations DOCTOR Schoenborn!

April 1st, 2024: Ashley has successfully been awarded a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship at TU Einhoven! An amazing culmination to Ash's incredible time at our lab from 2022-2024 where he has established our group to such a high standard of research preformance, collegiality, and safety. Congratulations Ash - we will miss you so much in Europe!

November 16th, 2023: Astrid successfully passed her PhD confirmation milestone for her thesis "Bioengineering a Bone Marrow Mimicry for Cell Therapy Manufacturing." She has had an incredible first year and we look forward to celebrating her future successes!

(L -> R) Mark, Rose Ann, Susana, Ilze, Ash, Sabrina, Chloe, Mateo, Astrid, Ryan.

September 19th, 2023: Ash's paper, "In vitro microvascular engineering approaches and strategies for interstitial tissue integration" has been published in Acta Biomaterialia. Congrats to Ash!

September 6th, 2023: Sabrina's paper, "Fluid-structure interactions of peripheral arteries using a coupled in silico and in vitro approach" has been published in Computers in Biology and Medicine. Congrats to Sabrina, Tomas, Kai-Chieh, David, Mia, and Selene! (collaboration with Tomas, Kai-Chieh at RWTH Aachen; David Fletcher at USyd; Selene Pirola at TU Delft; Mia Woodruff at QUT)

August 21st, 2023: Victoria's paper, "Quantitative and large-format histochemistry to characterize peripheral artery compositional gradients" has been published in Microscopy Research & Technique. Congrats to Victoria, Trent, Ed, and Mia! (collaboration with Mia Woodruff, QUT).

May 31st, 2023: Two successful confirmation seminars (Chloe, Ryan) and a successful progress review (Sabrina) capped off by a night out of dinner, drinks, and mini golf. Chloe won the coveted visor with a record score of 22. Congratulations Sabrina, Chloe, and Ryan on a wonderful year.

Celebrating Chloe, Ryan, and Sabrina's confirmation seminars and progress review.

May 30th, 2023: Brenna's preprint, "Advancing scaffold biomimicry: engineering mechanics in microfiber scaffolds with independently controlled architecture using melt electrowriting" has been uploaded to bioRxiv. Congrats to Brenna, Ted, Naomi, and Mia! (led by Mia Woodruff, QUT).

May 11th, 2023: Rena's paper, "An automated parametric ear model to improve frugal 3D scanning methods for the advanced manufacturing of high-quality prosthetic ears" has been published by Computers in Biology and Medicine. Congrats to Rena! (Led by Sean Powell, QUT).

April 18th, 2023: Sabrina's preprint, "Fluid-Structure Interactions of Peripheral Arteries Using a Coupled in silico and in vitro Approach" has been uploaded to bioRxiv. Congrats to Sabrina and all the collaborators! (Selene Priola, TU Delft; David Fletcher, UniSydney; Mia Woodruff, QUT).
April 17th, 2023: Rose Ann Franco joins us for a Postdoctoral appointment on bioengineering a vascularised marrow mimicry from peripheral and umbilical cord blood units in collaboration with the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood and Mater Hospital. Her appointment is funded by ARC and the Ramaciotti Philanthropy. Welcome Rose Ann!
Ash, Chloe, Rose Ann, Astrid, and Sabrina.
January 21st, 2023: Nataly's preprint, "Whole transcriptome profiling of placental pathobiology in SARS-CoV-2 pregnancies identifies a preeclampsia-like gene signature" has been uploaded to bioRxiv. Congrats to Nataly and all the collaborators! (Led by Arutha Kulasinghe, UQ TRI). 

December 23rd, 2022: Phani's paper, "Reproducibility of the computational fluid dynamic analysis of a cerebral aneurysm monitored over a decade" has been published in Scientific Reports. Congrats Phani! (Led by Zhiyong Li, QUT). This is a paper from our CERG consortium with Dr. Craig Winter, RBWH.

October 31st, 2022: Mark has been awarded a very spoooooky Ramaciotti Health Investment Grant entitled "Engineering high-density tissue bioreactors for the affordable manufacture of cell therapies" for 2023-2024, more details can be found here

October 19th, 2022: Sabrina Schoenborn's paper, "Fluid-Structure Interaction Within Models of Patient-Specific Arteries: Compuational Simulations and Experimental Validations" has been published in IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engieneering. Congrats Sabrina! (Collaboration with Prof Selene Pirola, TU Delft and Prof Mia Woodruff, QUT)


October 12th, 2022: Ashley Murphy has been awarded our school's Health Safety and Wellness Award for establishing and directing new cell culture practices in our shared biomedical engineering laboratory. Congrats Ash!

October 4th, 2022: Ashley Murphy has been awarded a EAIT ECR grant "HemaChip: Fetal liver microenvironments to enhance hematopoietic stem cell expansion" for 2023, which will support future work engineering microfluidic hydrogels to screen HSPC expansion factors. Congrats Ash!
September 13th, 2022: We welcomed Prof. Dieter Veit from RWTH Aachen to discuss future collaborations in textile manufacturing for biomedical engineering. 
Mark, Prof. Dieter Veit, and Sabrina
June 28th, 2022: David Forrestal's paper, "Personalised Volumetric Tissue Generation By Enhancing Multiscale Mass Transport Through 3D Printed Scaffolds in Perfused Bioreactors" has been published in Advanced Healthcare Materials. Congrats David! (Led by Prof Mia Woodruff, QUT)

June 6th, 2022: David Killian's paper, "3D Plotting of Calcium Phosphate Cement and Melt Electrowriting of Polycaprolactone Microfibers in One Scaffold" has been published in Journal of Functional Biomaterials. Congrats David! (Led by Prof Michael Gelinsky, TUD, Germany)

May 4th, 2022: Our recent review article in Biomaterials has been highlighted as a news story in GEN magazine (Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology) to describe new developments in computerised image analyses for cell and tissue bioprocess intensification and bioreactor engineering. 

April 27th, 2022: Ryan McKinnon joins us for his PhD on "Engineering vascular conduits in grafts to control mass transport for tissue regeneration" in collaboration with the Princess Alexandra Hospital. Ryan joins us after working as a molecular biologist at BD Biosciences and research assistant at Griffith University. Welcome Ryan!

April 2022: Ash, Chloe, Sabrina, Mark, and Ryan (L->R)

April 22nd, 2022: Sabrina has passed her mid-term PhD candidature review! Congrats Sabrina!

April 7th, 2022: Mark and Mia Woodruff's collaborative review paper 'Image analyses for engineering advanced tissue biomanufacturing processes' has been published at Biomaterials!

April 4th, 2022: Chloe De Nys joins us for her PhD on "Engineering Cerebrovascular Models for Surgical Decision Making" in collaboration with the Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital and Herston Biofabrication Institute. Chloe joins us after a degree in Chemical Engineering from UQ. Welcome Chloe!
April 3rd, 2022: Cody Fell's paper 'Soft pneumatic actuators for mimicking multi-axial femoropopliteal artery mechanobiology' has been published at Biofabrication!  (collaboration with Prof Mia Woodruff, QUT).

March 11th, 2022: Mark has been awarded a HaBS - EAIT ECR Collaboration Seen Funding Grant with Dr Pingping Han, Prof Saso Ivanovski, and Dr Melanie Robitaille entitled 'Modelling implant osseointegration and mechanotransduction.' Excited to develop transfected mechosensitive reporter cell lines for live imaging analyses of cell-implant integration!
February 14th, 2022: Dr Ashley Murphy, previously from CSIRO and Monash, has started with us as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in tissue biomanufacturing! Welcome, Ash! Personal Webpage, LinkedIn, Twitter.

January 21st, 2022: In collaboration with Assistant Professor Hon Fai Chan, Mark recieved a SPARC collaboration grant from the Chinese University of Hong Kong on 'Mechanicaly Programmable Cell Culture Platforms for Cell and Tissue Modelling.'
November 15th-19th, 2021: Cody, Sabrina, and Mark delivered oral presentations virtually at TERMIS-WC. BMSE Lab members were honored to recieve 4 oral presentations out of 4 abstract submissions! A perfect record!
  • Cody in When biofabrication meets bioreactors: implementing construct maturation and functional tissue culture 
  • Sabrina in Biomechanics of 3D (Bio)printed Materials
  • Mark in Frontiers of Bioprocessing and Automation in Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine (keynote) and Advanced Spatiotemporal Imaging for Regenerative Medicine (chair)

October 26th, 2021: Mark delivered a pre-recorded talk at the Effective Altruism UQ event Alternative Meats at 6pm.

October 22nd, 2021: Mark delivered an invited talk at the Queensland Cardiovascular Research Network (QCVRN) at 4:15pm.

September 29th, 2021: Mark's paper 'A spatiotemporal microenvironment model to improve design of a three-dimensional bioreactor for red cell production' has been published in Tissue Engineering Part A  (led by Prof Sakis Mantalaris, Georgia Tech).

September 28th, 2021: Sabrina and Trent presented their PhD projects at the International Society of Biofabrication Conference! Sabrina presented 'Numerical and Experimental Platform for the Characterisation of Patient Specific Small-Diameter Vascular Graft Anastomoses for Translation to Tissue Engineering' and Trent presented 'Towards Patient-Specific Vascular Stents: Additive Manufacturing of Poly(ɛ-Caprolactone) Mechanically Enhanced with Graphene Oxide'.

September 24th, 2021: Matt's paper developing 'A quantitative analysis of cell bridging kinetics on a scaffold using computer vision algorithms' has been published in Acta Biomaterialia (led by Prof Mia Woodruff, QUT).

September 5th, 2021: Habib's paper reviewing 'The effects of COVID-19 on the placenta during pregnancy' has been published in Frontiers in Immunology (led by Dr Arutha Kulasinghe, UQ).

August 18th, 2021: Mark was awarded a DECRA entitled 'Engineering tissue organisation using intelligent additive biomanufacturing' which will run from March 2022 through 2025. 

August 5th, 2021: Mark welcomed his first child into the world, Giulia Letizia Allenby! Bring on the sleepless nights!

August 3rd, 2021: Alex's paper on 'Model-based data analysis of tissue growth in thin 3D printed scaffolds' has been published in the Journal of Theoretical Biology (led by Prof Matthew Simpson, QUT).

July 20th, 2021: Maureen's paper using 'Using melt-electrowritten microfibres for tailoring scaffold mechanics of 3D bioprinted chondrocyte-laden constructs' has been published in Bioprinting (led by Prof Mia Woodruff, QUT)

July 10th, 2021: Jared's paper on 'A deep learning method for automatic segmentation of the bony orbit in MRI and CT images' has been published in Scientific Reports (led by Dr. David Alonso-Caneiro, QUT)

July 5th, 2021: The BMSE Lab started at UQ!