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PhD Student

Xiaolong Fan

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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.’


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Asawari Parulekar

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“Exploring the role of mechanotransduction in producing inferior surgical outcomes for aged patients with Rotator Cuff Tears (RCTs)”.


Asawari is currently undertaking her PhD with ARCITTC-JB at UQ. She entered the fields of biomechanics & regenerative medicine as a research assistant during her time as an undergraduate Chemical and Biological Engineer. Her current research in interfacial tissue engineering investigates the complexities of attaching mechanically mismatched, soft (tendon) and hard tissues (bone) from a cell biological lens. Her project focuses on understanding the mechanisms by which cells respond to mechanical cues in the context of ageing tissues within the human shoulder.


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Yilan Zhang

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“Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) protocols and analysis pipelines for automated reconstruction of shoulder anatomy.”


Yilan is a first-year PhD student in biomedical engineering at UNSW. Her main research interest centres around image-based anatomical modelling of human shoulder muscles. Her PhD project aims to develop magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) protocols and analysis pipelines for automated reconstruction of shoulder anatomy. Using statistical shape modelling techniques, population-representative three-dimensional shoulder models will be generated that can be used in computational models of the shoulder.


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Arun Jolly

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“Relating anatomy, laxity and stability of the glenohumeral joint”.


Arun is currently undertaking his PhD within the Training Centre, based at QUT.

Arun is a Mechanical Engineer with postgraduate degree in Mechanical Design Engineering from Deakin University, Australia and an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Mahatma Gandhi University, India. He has experience in numerical modelling and experimental studies for various different mechanical engineering applications. Arun’s PhD project focuses on exploring the relationship between anatomy, laxity, and stability of the glenohumeral joint across the population to assist with developing improved shoulder reconstruction planning, surgical procedure and rehabilitation.


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Ahmed Sewify

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“Automatic Advanced Ultrasound Imaging-Based Tomographic Dynamic Tracking of Shoulder Bony Structures”.


Ahmed is currently undertaking his PhD within the Training Centre, based at QUT’s Faculty of Health.

Ahmed graduated with a Master of Engineering (Electrical) and Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechatronics) from QUT. He has real-world experience as a Mechatronics Engineer at five different companies (BiVACOR, AOS, KIW, QUT and Netaware) working on task automation, computer vision, AutoCAD, GUI designs, web development and product design. His current project is focused on improving the availability, quality and understanding of 3D physical body structures, in particular the shoulder, by reconstructing 3D ultrasound images directly from raw channel transducer array data. Ahmed hopes to employ ultrasound imaging in a way that revolutionizes existing medical imaging techniques, increasing their field of view, speed, safety and dynamism.


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Phd Student

Sepideh Shemshad

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Sepideh is currently undertaking her PhD with ARCITTC-JB at UQ. Her project aims to develop a delivery platform for controlled release of biochemical signals for rotator cuff tissue regeneration. Sepideh completed her Master of Science at Iran University of science and Technology in Biomaterial Engineering, where her research was focused on Fabrication and Characterization of Scaffolds for bone tissue engineering.

Moreover, she worked as a Research Assistant at Sabanci University in Turkey, where she focused on fabrication of polymeric nanofibers and nanotubes for sustained and targeted drug delivery.


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Hossein Ahmadi

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Hossein is a PhD candidate in the Prince of Wales Clinical School at Neuroscience Research Australia, University of New South Wales. His project aims to develop a 3D finite element model of the shoulder muscles to examine the effects of soft tissue tensioning and muscle activation on joint loading and stability. With a MSc degree at University of Tehran focusing on Injury Biomechanics, He joined University of Technology Sydney as a Research Assistant working on Inertial Microfluidics with the potential application in disease diagnostics.


He has a strong foundation and high level of expertise in Computational Modelling and Simulation across different industries.


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Jinshuai Bai

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Jinshuai is a PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Yuantong Gu at QUT. He has finished his master by research degree at QUT, majoring in data-driven computational mechanics.

Currently, he is investigating the possibility of combination of deep learning techniques and computational mechanics for biomechanics applications. Jinshuai has been working on computational mechanics for many years. He has solid foundations for mechanics and good experiences in various computational methods.


Jinshuai (Luka) Bai Project Flyer

PHD Student

Amy Ma

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“Transcranial magnetic stimulation and neuromuscular control of the shoulder.”


Amy is a PhD student in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences in the Faculty of Health & Behavioural Science at the University of Queensland and has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Canberra. Her current research is focused on using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Electromyography (EMG) data, to explore the central mechanisms of neuromuscular control in patients with healthy and/or pathological shoulders.


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PHD Student

François Bruyer-Montéléone

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“Development of a musculoskeletal modelling platform for simulating pathological conditions of the shoulder joint.”


François will conduct his PhD within the School of Mechanical, Medical & Process Engineering at QUT with Prof Peter Pivonka. His research is focused on developing a musculoskeletal modelling platform for simulating pathological conditions of the shoulder joint with an aim to better understand the effect of muscle architecture changes on shoulder kinematics & kinetics after surgical intervention.


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Hamid Jarrah Reza

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“Investigation the effects of surgical variables on loosening in Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty (RSA)”


Hamid joined the team late last year under A/Prof Saulo Martelli, with joint supervision from the team at Metro North Health‘s Herston Biofabrication Institute.

In Australia, over 80% of total shoulder arthroplasty procedures performed in 2019 were RSA. A study of 4124 shoulders with RSA reported a complication rate of 16.1%. Through his research, Hamid hopes to investigate the surgical variables to eliminate prothesis loosening to reach the best performance for the implementation of medical implants and prostheses.


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Giacomo Nardese

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“Neurophysiological adaptations to shoulder injuries: cortical function of shoulder muscles and motor control implications”


Giacomo graduated with a Master of Science in Sciences and Techniques of Preventive and Adapted Physical Activities at University of Bologna (ITA) and with a Mater of Research in Spinal Pain at University of Birmingham (UK). 

His last project focused on understanding whether experimental pain associated to movement might elicit different kinematic and muscular adaptations in healthy participants when compared to a constant experimental pain.

His current project will focus on mapping shoulder’s muscles in people with and without shoulder pathologies using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and whether differences in those heatmaps might be related to shoulder’s motor control. 


Arthur Fabre

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Arthur is a PhD student within the School of Nutrition and Exercising Science in the Faculty of Health at QUT.

He obtained his Master of Engineering and Human Movement Sciences from the University of Paris-Saclay. His current research focuses on the development and validation of an Inertial Measurement Units (IMU) system to assess the kinematics of the shoulder and upper limb. This technology aims to better evaluate and understand upper limb movement deficiencies and explore the efficiency of approaches to reduce these impairments.

Affiliate Students

Affiliate PhD

Alex Lee-Medland

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Alexander is a PhD candidate in Biomedical Engineering at QUT. His research aims to investigate the quality of bone through a range of scanning techniques such as qBEI, micro-CT and Raman to assess multiple properties of bone. This research aims to assess the effects of drug treatments on the quality of bone.


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PHD Student

Miss Yuanyuan Wei

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Yuanyuan is a PhD candidate in the School of Design at the Queensland University of Technology. Her current research focuses on the human-centred design (HCD) framework for the design of wearable devices for home-based rehabilitation of shoulder movement.

She completed the Master of Interaction Design from the University of Queensland and the Master of Fine Arts from the Beijing University of Chemical Technology. Her research also spans the areas of Mixed Reality and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI).


Natalia Mühl Castoldi

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“Understanding Spinal Growth and Remodeling Under Healthy and Pathological Conditions Using a Combined Experimental and Computational Approach”

Natalia is currently working on a co-supervised thesis at the University of Paris-Est Créteil and Queensland University of Technology to contribute to the understanding of the mechanisms related to growth and remodeling of the spine by combining experimental, theoretical and numerical analyses. Ultimately, the study of variations in the healthy evolution of the spine may result in a better understanding of the development of pathologies and factors leading to pathological growth.

Prior to her PhD, she received a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from SIGMA Clermont Engineering School (France) and a Mechanical Engineering degree from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil).

Affiliate PHD

Miss Laura Meszaros-Beller

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Laura is pursuing a PhD with the Biomechanics and Spine Research Group at QUT after receiving the BSc and MSc degree in Medical Engineering from the University of Stuttgart/Tübingen, Germany. Her research is focused on the multibody modelling of spine biomechanics.

During her PhD candidature, Laura developed a simulation pipeline for neuro-musculoskeletal forward-dynamics and inverse-dynamics simulations of the spine for the assessment of functional spinal stability and load-sharing between active and passive soft tissues.


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