The Tissue Engineering Group focus on interdisciplinary applications of engineering involving biological systems, in particular biomaterials for implants, tissue engineering, stem cell culture, antimicrobial and cardiovascular applications.
We work on research in a variety of areas including:
- Production of porous polymers and hydrogels
- Cell, tissue and scaffold mechanics
- Antimicrobial nanoparticles, coatings and composites
- Controlled release systems for tissue engineering
- Magnetically regulated tissue engineering
- Scale up of stem cell culture
- Cardiovascular devices
- Wound healing
- Biomimetic materials
- Mechanics of tissue remodelling
The group is part of the Particulate Fluids Processing Centre at The University of Melbourne.
We collaborate with researchers from a wide range of disciplines and work with clinicians, hospitals and industry to develop solutions to health care challenges. Our collaborators include:
- O’Brien Institute
- Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne
- Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
- St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne
- Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne
- Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
- LBT Innovation
Examples of our research impact
Project case study: Porosity to improve cranial bone implants
A technique to make polymer-based skull implants more bone-like in their structure has been developed to improve outcomes for patients relying on implants to repair cranial injuries.
Project case study: Regeneration chamber provides space for natural tissue regrowth
Biomolecular engineers are developing new techniques to help patients recovering from breast cancer regenerate their own tissue after surgery, to improve their long-term recovery.