OUR Executive Team

Centre Director

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YuanTong leads a large research group in mechanical engineering with particular focus on nanotechnology and nanodevices. He is an expert in advanced experimental and numerical computational modelling for biomechanics. He is an ARC Future Fellow.

Deputy Centre Director

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Peter leads biomechanics research across the Faculty of Science and Engineering at QUT with a focus on transdisciplinary musculoskeletal research. His interests are in mechanobiology, multiscale modelling and bioengineering. He is the Chair of QUT Biomedical Engineering and also serves as the President of the Australia New Zealand Society of Biomechanics. 

Centre Manager

Maddie McIntyre

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Maddie is a biomedical engineer with extensive experience in managing business and operations in the medical technology sector. She is passionate about supporting the development of personalized medical technologies and facilitating their effective integration in the clinical setting. In her role as Centre Manager, Maddie guides the multidisciplinary team from academic, clinical and industry partners to reach the strategic goals of the Centre

Clinician

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Ken is an experienced subspecialist orthopaedic shoulder surgeon. He is the current Queensland Chairman of the Australian Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons (ASOS); an elected member of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Queensland Regional Committee; and Scientific Secretary of the Queensland Branch of the AOA .

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Ashish is a Brisbane based subspecialist orthopaedic shoulder surgeon. He is the founder of QUASR and has keen biomechanical research interests having completed a Masters in Science. His list of publications includes papers in international peer reviewed journals and numerous book chapters. Ashish actively participates in orthopaedic education and training. 

Program Leader

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Lynne is a biomedical engineer whose research focuses on how mechanical forces are involved in physiological and pathophysiological processes in the body. Her research encompasses injury biomechanics, neural and other soft tissue biomechanics, and the development of novel imaging methods for making biomechanical measurements in vivo, such as MR elastography. She has a PhD in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania and is a National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia Investigator fellow, and an elected fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. She is a Senior Principal Research Scientist at Neuroscience Research Australia, and a conjoint Professor at the University of New South Wales in the Faculty of Medicine.

Program LEADER

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Saulo’s research focuses on musculoskeletal biomechanics. He aims at quantifying how shape, elasticity and physical activity determine musculoskeletal function in healthy and pathological adult people. He has pioneered computer methods for studying the neuro-muscle control system, quantifying the risk of bone fracture and informing exercise prescription in osteoporosis. He has advanced experimental techniques for studying the microstructural contribution to bone strength, real-time loading during normal physical activity and high-speed impact. He has optimized joint stability and strength in innovative joint replacements and developed computer technologies for conducting virtual trials of orthopaedic devices. He has also contributed to the development of software for integration clinical imaging  toward a personalized, physics-based, medicine.

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Justin is the Head of the School of Chemical Engineering at The University of Queensland (UQ) and Professor of Bioengineering in the UQ School of Chemical Engineering. He is Senior Group Leader in the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (UQ), Director of the Australian National Fabrication Facility – Queensland Node (ANFF-Q), Co-Director of the UQ Centre in Stem Cell Ageing and Regenerative Engineering (UQ-StemCARE), Chief Scientific Officer of Scaled Biolabs Inc., a lab-on-a chip start-up based in San Francisco, and Editor-in-Chief of APL Bioengineering, published by American Institute of Physics Publishing (New York). Justin’s research interests are in biomaterials, cell therapy, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. He has over 200 journal papers, published in high impact journals in these fields. He has produced six Worldwide patent families that have reached National Phase Entry in USA, Europe, and Australia in the areas of formulation design for agriproducts, microbioreactor arrays and tissue engineering scaffolds.

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Graham founded and is currently leading the Movement Neuroscience Research group at QUT Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI). He is heavily involved with research in visual and proprioceptive control movement plus upper limb stability in ageing and neurodegenerative disease.

Our Investigators

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Devakar has a research interest in the biomechanics and mechanobiology of bone healing. His work involves application of experimental and computational approaches. He also has interested in implant development and is currently leading the development of a novel fracture fixation device.

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You-Gan’s research interests include developing statistical methodology for correlated data analysis, robust inferences and model selection and applying advanced techniques that help to solve important problems in medical sciences, environmental research and natural resource management.

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Lisbeth is a lead researcher in the field of biointerface science with extensive expertise in fabrication and testing of biomaterials. She is a Fellow of Biomaterials Science and Engineering (FBSE), has published over 100 research papers and book chapters, has graduated 19 PhD students and is currently leading a research group of four PhD students and an NHMRC ECR Fellow

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Neha is an Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellow and Program Leader in Personalised Medicine of the Centre for Genomics and Personalised Health at QUT. As a computational structural biologist/biophysicist, her research focuses on the structure-function of biomolecules and drug discovery.

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Rob is an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow, Senior Principal Research Scientist at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), conjoint Professor in the School of Medical Sciences at UNSW Sydney, Honorary Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney, and Honorary Professorial Fellow at the George Institute for Global Health. His biomechanical research investigates passive mechanical properties of human muscles in vivo, and uses medical imaging to investigate changes in muscle architecture under physiological conditions.

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Syn is a professor of “Computational Biophysics and Biorobotics” at the University of Stuttgart and in 2019 he co-founded the Institute for Modelling and Simulation of Biomechanical Systems, together with Oliver Roehrle. Syn Schmitt is fellow of the Stuttgart Center for Simulation Science (SimTech) and a faculty member of the International Max Planck Research School for Intelligent Systems (IMPRS-IS). Recently, he was appointed as Adjunct Professor in the School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering of the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. His research focuses on autonomous muscle-driven motion with special interests in design principles of the locomotion apparatus, non-linear dynamics of locomotion, motor control and morphological computation in biological and technical systems.

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Oliver is the Director of the Institute for Modelling and Simulation of Biomechanics Systems and the Chair for Continuum Biomechanics and Mechanobiology at the University of Stuttgart

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Michael conducts interdisciplinary research at the boundary between robotics, neuroscience and computer vision and is a multi-award winning educational entrepreneur. His research models the neural mechanisms in the brain underlying tasks like navigation and perception to develop new technologies in challenging application domains such as all-weather, anytime positioning for robotics and autonomous vehicles. He currently hold the positions of Deputy Director of the QUT Centre for Robotics, Professor at the Queensland University of Technology, Microsoft Research Faculty Fellow and Chief Investigator at the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision.

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Cameron’s research interest and expertise is in the structure-property-function relationships in biomedical materials and systems. As Director of QUT’s Medical Engineering Research Facility, he is actively involved the development and translation of frontier technologies to medicine. He has worked at the Botnar Research Centre, University of Oxford in Biomedical Engineering and Materials. Supported by an ARUK Career Development Fellowship and a NIHR-BRC Senior Fellowship he set up and led the Photonics, Mechanics and Modelling of Biomedical Materials Group. In this time he was also the Oxford lead for the Marie Curie skelGEN Project, the image analysis lead for the 7-Tesla MSK Imaging Programme, and the engineering lead for the ARUK Experimental Osteoarthritis Treatment Centre.

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Yin is the Founder and the Director of the Australia-China Centre for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (ACCTERM) established in 2013 and the Joint Research Centre of functional biomaterials for tissue and organ replacement. His work has predominantly focused on bone, biomaterials, stem cells, dentistry, osteoarthritis, and tissue engineering. He initiated the concept of osteoimmunology in bone biomaterial development and introduced the “Materiobiology” in M. Phil training courses. He has authored more than 270 journal papers, three books, and 23 book chapters. His H index is 61 and his work has been cited for more than 11600 times.

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Travis is the Director of the Centre for Biomedical Technologies at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He is an expert in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, with research that primarily focuses on developing long-term regenerative therapies for treating cartilage defects. He is a CI on three ARC Training Centres and has expertise in developing and using 3D cell culture systems, functionalised biomaterials, biofabrication approaches and mechanical stimulation bioreactors.

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Emilie has extensive interdisciplinary research experience in computational fluid dynamics, and heat & mass transfer. Her current research focusses on the development of advanced computational techniques to accurately simulate complex non-ideal fluid flow behaviours that are critical for the rational design and robust optimisation of engineering applications, in particular in the field of energy and biomedical engineering.

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Sandy is the Head of School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. She leads a number of studies to better understand the underlying motor control mechanisms contributing to altered postural control, particularly in populations with neurological disorders or advanced age, and use this information to better develop physiotherapy assessment techniques and rehabilitation strategies. This research has subsequently developed to encompass prevention strategies and the investigation of the cost-effectiveness of intervention, to better facilitate the translation of research evidence into clinical practice.

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Paul is a recognised world leader in movement control, pain and rehabilitation. His unique comprehensive research approach from molecular biology to brain physiology and human function has led to discoveries that have transformed understanding of why people move differently in pain. His innovative research has also led to discoveries of changes in neuromuscular function across a diverse range of conditions from incontinence to breathing disorders. These observations have been translated into effective treatments that have been tested and implemented internationally.

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Steve is a health service innovator, health economist, and researcher who leads the health management discipline at the School of Public Health and Social Work, Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology. He is the Academic Director of the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI).

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Antonio is a Chair in Physiotherapy at the University of Málaga and Principal Researcher of the Clinimetric Research Group at the Instituto de Investigación Biomédica de Málaga (IBIMA), Spain.  He is particularly interested in to develop new tools for assessment and clinical monitoring incorporating biomechanics, physiology and psychometrics with a clinimetric approach for ICT-based solution in public health.  He has taught in different universities in Europe and supervised 22 PhD. He currently participates in three European projects and a European Union COST Network. He has published more than 180 peer-reviewed scientific articles with a cumulative impact of over 200 Journal Citation Reports and participated in raising more than €1 million in research funding.

Our TEAM

PROJECT LEAD

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Davide is a physicist with a background in ultrasound imaging and medical physics. He worked in one of the top institutions for radiation therapy (MAASTRO Clinic, in the Netherlands) and in one of the largest industrial research laboratories in the world, Philips Research, as Senior Scientist. Then he moved to Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane, Australia) where he is currently doing research in several fields related to ultrasound, imaging techniques and radiation therapy.

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Dr Bart Bolsterlee is a mechanical and biomedical engineer with specific expertise in imaging and biomechanical modelling of the human musculoskeletal system. During his PhD he developed and evaluated tools for computational modelling of the human upper limb. As a postdoctoral researcher at NeuRA, he pioneered methods to reconstruct and quantify the three-dimensional architecture of human skeletal muscles from magnetic resonance and diffusion tensor imaging data.

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Maria is a research fellow in the School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering and a research engineer in the School of Electrical Engineering and Robotics, at the Queensland University of Technology. Her research is focused on advanced tissue recognition methods, such as deep learning techniques, for the automatic interpretation of medical imaging. 

Maria is currently also a QUT PhD candidate in the Medical Robotics Group at the QUT, focusing on automatic image analysis to provide surgical guidance to autonomous robots in the framework of minimally invasive surgery.  Prior to her PhD candidature, she received her BEng. in Engineering Sciences from the University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy) in 2014 and MEng. in Biomechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Delft (The Netherlands) in 2016.

Investigating Team

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  • Jashint is a clinical researcher with interest in Orthopaedic shoulder bio- and pathomechanics. He has a background in Medicine, Public Health and Clinical Education, and looks to further his interest in orthopaedic research. He is also the Research Co-ordinator of QUASR’s transdisciplinary team. 

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Nicholas has been involved in the 3D medical space for the past 5 years, at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and QUT. I have extensive design experience with CAD software, with interests in segmentation, designing patient specific guides, implants and biomechanics.

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Marine has completed her Master of Biomedical Engineering from UTC in France and is currently working as a Research & Development Engineer in shoulder surgery. Her keen interest is to put her technical skills and knowledge to clinical applications.

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Brandon is a biomedical science and public health graduate from the University of Queensland. Although his current research primarily focusses on the biomechanics of various shoulder fixation techniques, he is also involved in a perception study which aims to realise the opinions of health professionals regarding the efficacy of shoulder surgery.

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Edmund’s background is in mechanical engineering, where he brings a wealth of experience in finite element modelling.  Edmund’s research is in the field of mechano-adaption where he focuses on using highly automated numerical models to explore the link between load and the adaptive response in bone.  Edmund is a member of the Biomechanics and Spine research group at the Queensland University of Technology. 

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Marco is a PhD candidate in Biomedical Engineering at QUT. His research aims at understanding the contribution to support of cortical and trabecular bone structures using high-resolution images of human femurs, microstructural finite-element modelling, and bone loads caused by physical activity.  Before his PhD, he completed his B.Eng. in Biomedical Engineering and M.Sc. in Biomechanics Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Turin (Italy). Marco commenced researching in orthopaedics during his visiting student program at the Université libre de Bruxelles and Ghent University Hospital (Belgium), where he was actively involved in biomechanics projects working with horses, sheep, and human knees specimens. 

Our Students

PhD Student

Marco Branni

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Marco is a PhD candidate in Biomedical Engineering at QUT. His research aims at understanding the contribution to support of cortical and trabecular bone structures using high-resolution images of human femurs, microstructural finite-element modelling, and bone loads caused by physical activity.  Before his PhD, he completed his B.Eng. in Biomedical Engineering and M.Sc. in Biomechanics Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Turin (Italy). Marco commenced researching in orthopaedics during his visiting student program at the Université libre de Bruxelles and Ghent University Hospital (Belgium), where he was actively involved in biomechanics projects working with horses, sheep, and human knees specimens. 

PhD Student

Max Lavaill

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“Investigation on patient-specific features of shoulder MSK modelling. Study of an MRI-based EMG-driven model.” Max is doing his PhD through the ARCITTC-JB at QUASR/QUT. His expertise is in the analysis of soft tissues actions implied in shoulder stability and motion. Computational modelling as well as human kinematics and EMG recordings are the key tools he works with. His project focuses on studying the influence of patient-specific modelling features on the joint simulations.

PhD Student

Xiaolong Fan

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“Evaluation of proximal humerus bone density on implant fixation in Shoulder Arthroplasty” Xiaolong is our PhD student in shoulder biomechanics at QUT. He takes a multidisciplinary approach that encompasses the modelling and experiment to support surgery selecting suitable implant for independent patients basic on CT image. He holds master’s degree from QUT which focused on understanding of biomechanical properties of red kangaroo shoulder humeral cartilage.’

PhD Student

Michael Lennon

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Developing 3-dimensional statistical shape models that represent the natural variability of the human shoulder joint across populations. Examine applications of statistical shape models to enhance planning for shoulder joint replacement surgery.  Exploring the use of population representative statistical shape models for in-silico implant trials to improve the design cycle of the artificial shoulder prosthesis”. Mike is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, and a first year PhD student at QUT, with an interest in the improvement of patient outcomes from joint replacement.  Utilising computational methods, and machine learning techniques, he hopes to contribute to the development of diagnostic tools, and innovative implant design, that will enable safe long term joint replacement solutions for a younger cohort of patients affected by Osteoarthritis.  

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Developing 3-dimensional statistical shape models that represent the natural variability of the human shoulder joint across populations. Examine applications of statistical shape models to enhance planning for shoulder joint replacement surgery.  Exploring the use of population representative statistical shape models for in-silico implant trials to improve the design cycle of the artificial shoulder prosthesis”. Mike is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, and a first year PhD student at QUT, with an interest in the improvement of patient outcomes from joint replacement.  Utilising computational methods, and machine learning techniques, he hopes to contribute to the development of diagnostic tools, and innovative implant design, that will enable safe long term joint replacement solutions for a younger cohort of patients affected by Osteoarthritis.  

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“Evaluation of proximal humerus bone density on implant fixation in Shoulder Arthroplasty” Xiaolong is our PhD student in shoulder biomechanics at QUT. He takes a multidisciplinary approach that encompasses the modelling and experiment to support surgery selecting suitable implant for independent patients basic on CT image. He holds master’s degree from QUT which focused on understanding of biomechanical properties of red kangaroo shoulder humeral cartilage.’

Our People

BID TEAM

PROGRAM 1

Marine Bio-products for Human Health and Nutrition

LEADER

Professor Colin Barrow

Deakin University

DEPUTY

Dr Michael Conlon

CSIRO

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INDUSTRY CO-LEADER

Dr Damien Stringer

Marinova

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Damien is an avid supporter of value-added industry and has built a career working with innovative enterprises. Damien graduated with a BSc with 1st Class Honours at the University of Tasmania and worked with Botanical Resources Australia before completing a PhD in Chemistry at UTas, before joining Marinova Pty Ltd in 2008. As Marinova’s Operations Manager, Damien couples his technical expertise with his consultative approach to lead the laboratory, processing and research teams. Damien is a former President of the Tasmanian Branch of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and is a graduate of the Tasmanian Leaders Program.

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PROGRAM 2

Marine-Derived Agricultural Products

LEADER

Professor Ben Hankamer

University of Queensland

DEPUTY

Professor Rob Capon

University of Queensland

INDUSTRY CO-LEADER

Rob Velthius

Xeron

PROGRAM 3

Sustainable marine bioresources

LEADER

Professor Catriona MacLeod

University of Tasmania

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Associate Professor Catriona Macleod has a PhD in Aquaculture (UTAS, 2006). Her research focus is on sustainable development and science-based management and decision-making, with specific expertise in environmental, economic and social sustainability.

She is a member of both the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and College of Sciences and Engineering leadership teams within UTAS and is responsible for issues related to the sustainable development of salmonid aquaculture in Tasmania as part of a joint venture agreement with the Tasmanian State Government.

She has a demonstrated ability to connect research with industry, government and community priorities and a track record of delivering outputs on time, within budget and on target.

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DEPUTY

Professor Peer Schenk

University of Queensland

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Professor Peer Schenk completed his PhD in Microbiology at the University of Göttingen and the Max Planck Institute in Cologne, Germany in 1994. He has since worked for Queensland DPI, CSIRO Plant Industry and three CRCs as Project and Program Leader (CRCs for Tropical Plant Pathology, Tropical Plant Protection and Sugar Industry Innovation through Biotechnology). He currently holds a CRC-P grant valued at $2.1 million on Translational R&D to develop large-scale omega-3 fatty acid production from microalgae.

Professor Schenk is a full-time Teaching & Research academic in the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences (SAFS) at The University of Queensland (UQ) and a Research Affiliate at the Centre for Marine Science and the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation. He leads the Algae Biotechnology Lab at UQ and is internationally recognised for his expertise in Plant Biotech and experience with transition from fundamentally new research concepts to industry. He was appointed as APEC representative for biorefinery concepts for Australia.

Schenk’s research pursues sustainable solutions to Food Security by applying cutting-edge biotechnology concepts to plants and microalgae.

He has commercialised technology from 7 patents leading to start-up companies Qponics, Nexgen Plants, Blue Quest and commercial IP in several companies, three of which are industry participants in MBB-CRC. His Australian crop varieties are commercially grown with annual sales >$10 million.  

 

In the last 10 years Prof Schenk has focused on health products from Australian microalgae and pioneered commercial omega-3-rich oil production. In 2013, he established the Algae Energy Farm, a large-scale demonstration farm used regularly by industry as a testbed. It deploys new technologies to produce food, feed and fuel from microalgae. His new concepts for scalable low-cost cultivation, harvesting and processing have been successfully adopted by industry. He has provided training, guidance and technical assistance to the construction of a commercial Chlorella farm in Oman that started operation in March 2017 and is undergoing further upscaling. Similarly, he helped construct a commercial microalgae farm for Mohawk in Miles, (MBB-CRC participant in regional QLD) that commercially produces omega-3-rich Nannochloropsis for aquaculture and human health industries in Australia and Asia. 

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DEPUTY

Steven Clarke

SARDI/PIRSA

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INDUSTRY CO-LEADER

Dr Graeme Barnett

Qponics

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CET LEADER

Professor Kirsten Heimann

Flinders University

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AProf. Heimann obtained a PhD in botany/cell biology (University of Cologne, Germany, 1991).  

Since 2008, she held lead roles in education and training (e.g. Associate Dean Teaching and Learning, 2014; AMCRC Science and Education Committee, 2012-2014) and is presently the Research Director of the Australia-China Joint Laboratory for Native Bioresource Industry Innovation (CANBI2). 

Kirsten built and led the AMCRC and industry-partnered Microalgae Carbon Capture and Methane Remediation programs  and served on the industry steering committee to implement research outcomes at industry level.

Kirsten has over 10 years of experience in managing IP and commercialising research outcomes.

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