PEOPLE

 

Prof. Peter Choong

Orthopaedic Surgeon

St Vincent’s Hospital, University of Melbourne

In 2009, Prof. Choong was appointed to the Hugh Devine Chair of Surgery at the University of Melbourne and St Vincent’s Hospital. His research focuses on improving outcomes of arthritis surgery, studying the molecular regulation of bone tumours and advanced limb reconstruction.

 

Prof. Choong heads up the Advanced Limb Reconstruction Research Program which addresses a spectrum of conditions including degeneration, tumour, trauma and infection. His team is at the forefront of exploration into 'futuristic solutions for limb reconstruction that include tissue engineering, live cell 3D printing, guided regeneration, mechano-biology, robotic surgery and bionic limbs.' The team is part of a national industry-university consortium of which Prof. Choong’s team is the only point of clinical translation represented in the consortium.

 

Prof. Choong also leads an active total joint replacement (TJR) program at St Vincent’s Hospital. To this end, he leads a National Health and Medical Research Council Centre of Research Excellence to examine appropriate use of TJR for osteo-arthritis and its associated impacts on resource planning and utilisation. 

 

Prof. Choong is also the Director of Orthopaedics at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, and chair of the Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcoma Service at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

Dr Claudia di Bella

Orthopaedic Surgeon

St Vincent’s Hospital, University of Melbourne

Dr Claudia di Bella is a European and Australian qualified Orthopaedic surgeon with special interest in orthopaedic oncology and arthritis. Dr di Bella has been involved in bone and cartilage tissue engineering research since 2000, with now numerous publications in the field and many presentations and national and international conferences.

 

Currently, Dr di Bella leads the Cartilage Regeneration Group, part of the Advanced Limb Reconstruction Program directed by Prof. Peter Choong. Dr di Bella’s main interest is cartilage regenerative medicine; particularly the use of advanced 3D printing technology and stem cell biology for the repair and reconstitution of healthy articular cartilage for the treatment of early 

osteoarthritis.

 

Dr Richard Williams

Chemist

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)

Dr. Williams completed his PhD in 2009 in the field of material science at the University of Manchester. During this time he developed an entirely new method of forming and controlling the self-assembly of peptides into novel nanomaterials. Recently, he was made Senior Lecturer in Biomaterials Engineering at RMIT University, as both a course coordinator and leading a research program studying the formation and application of adjuvant tissue engineering scaffolds via the controlled self-assembly of structures providing application specific biomechanical and biochemical signalling.

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Prof Gordon Wallace

Materials Scientist

Professor Gordon Wallace is involved in the design and discovery of new materials for use in Energy and Health. In the Health area this involves using new materials to develop biocommunications from the molecular to skeletal domains in order to improve human performance. In the Energy area this involves use of new materials to transform and to store energy, including novel wearable and implantable energy systems for the use in Medical technologies.

He is Executive Research Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, and Director of the Australian National Fabrication Facility, Materials Node.

He has published more than 850 refereed publications that have attracted in excess of 30,000 citations; a monograph (3rd Edition published in 2009) on Conductive Electroactive Polymers: Intelligent Polymer Systems and co-authored a monograph on Organic Bionics (published 2012). He has recently co-authored an eBook on 3D BioPrinting He led the presentation of a MOOC on 3D Bioprinting on the FutureLearn platform.

 

Prof. Milan Brandt

Mechanical Engineer

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)

Milan Brandt is a professor in Advanced Manufacturing at the School of Engineering, Technical Director Advanced Manufacturing Precinct and Director Centre for Additive Manufacturing, RMIT University, Melbourne Australia. 

 

Professor Brandt is the leading Australian researcher in macro machining with lasers and over the last 30 years has conducted work in laser cladding, cutting, drilling, welding and more recently, additive manufacturing. This has resulted in technological achievements, patents, research papers and commercial products, which have been recognized internationally and nationally in both scientific and industrial circles.  Professor Brandt is an executive member and fellow of LIA, honorary fellow of WTIA and Professorial Fellow with the department of Medicine, Melbourne University. He is also the senior editor of the Journal of Laser Applications.   

Prof. Simon Moulton

Biomaterials Scientist

Swinburne University of Technology, ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science

Professor Moulton obtained his PhD from the University of Wollongong in 2002 and has over 15-years experience working in biomedical related research. As the leader of the Swinburne node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) and Bioengineering Program leader in the Iverson Health Research Innovation Institute, he is committed to solving human health conditions through implementing novel bioengineering practices.

His research focuses on the development of polymeric materials that provide delivery of therapeutic agents to aid in the treatment of cancer and the regeneration of damaged muscle and nerve tissues. He is passionate about adopting the latest, advanced fabrication techniques such as 3D printing to develop these multipurpose implantable materials. He is also passionate about mentoring the next generation of medical researchers and fostering a collaborative culture where the combination of many minds will solve complex and challenging health issues.

Prof. Robert Kapsa

Biologist

University of Wollongong, ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science

Professor Rob Kapsa is a molecular and cell biologist who has worked extensively in the development of autologous cell-based regenerative solutions for diseased and damaged nerve and muscle tissue. Evolving from these challenging interests, Prof. Kapsa has developed concurrent activities in Gene Therapy, Adult Stem Cell Biology and Biomaterials Development & Application. This largely focused on repair of muscle in the mdx model of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and other models of muscle deficiency, as well as on repair and regeneration of nerve tissues.

 

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Cathal O'Connell

Anita Quigley

Carmine Onofrillo

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Serena Duchi

Dr. Serena Duchi is a cellular biologist with special interest in osteochondral tissue engineering. She is the lead cellular biologist of the Cartilage Regeneration Program, a branch of the large Advanced Limb Regeneration (ALR) Program, directed by Prof Peter Choong.

The Cartilage regeneration program is centred on the use of advanced 3D printing technologies, including surgical 3D printing and stem cells, for the regeneration of healthy articular cartilage both in vitro and in vivo.

 

She is specialized in

  • human stem cells isolation, characterizations and differentiation in osteochondral lineage;

  • 3D bioprinting and cultivation of samples for cartilage tissue regeneration;

  • imaging techniques for epifluorescence, confocal and time-lapse microscopy, FRET, TIRF, Light-Sheet Microscopy.

Justin Bourke

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