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My vision is to facilitate rapid return to full health and life satisfaction in Australians that require cardiothoracic surgery with the assistance of artificial life support. I am working to achieve this through exploring how artificial life support devices, like a heart-lung machine, negatively change the properties of blood. I work closely with mechanical engineers, medical doctors, and scientific bodies to drive research that explores how the artificial materials and high mechanical forces employed within life support devices change the structure and function of blood cells, and also the resultant changes in blood flow within the vital vessels that facilitate nutrient/gas exchange. I also work with molecular biologists and biophysicists to explore the interactions between mechanical stimuli and biochemical responses in blood cells. I am best known for my works exploring sub-lethal damage to erythrocytes; this work has led to new understanding of the functional tolerance of blood to mechanical forces. I am head of a laboratory that I conceived in 2013 to explore the mechanical properties of blood cells, which later merged with a leading blood pump expert’s team (Prof Geoff Tansley) to form the GU Mechanobiology Research Laboratory. Our inter-faculty laboratory integrates biological and engineering approaches to achieve our core vision. I serve the Executive Board of the International Society for Clinical Hemorheology. I sit on the Editorial Board of leading journals in my discipline, including Biorheology, Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation, and Frontiers in Physiology. I have most recently shared co-directorship of the Perfusion and Anaesthetic Research Collaborative (PARC) – a research group recognised by Qld Health – and our work has drawn nationally competitive funding to support our initiative. I am a Young Tall Poppy (2018) and a Flying Scientist (2019) in recognition of my achievements in research and science communications. I’m always free for a coffee – get in touch with me if you have a kindred vision!

GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY APPOINTMENTS

  • Member
    Disability & Rehabilitation2018
  • Research Committee
    Griffith University, School of Allied Health Sciences, Griffith University, Australia1 Jan 2019
  • Equipment Advisory Committee
    Advanced Design and Prototyping Technologies 2.0, Australia1 Jan 2019
  • Member (Disability & Rehabilitation)
    Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Australia1 Jan 2016
  • Program Director (BExSc / BBus)
    Griffith University, Australia1 Jan 2016 - 1 Jan 2019
  • Program Director (BExSc / BPsych Sci)
    Griffith University, Australia1 Jan 2016 - 1 Jan 2019

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

  • Senior Lecturer
    Griffith University, School of Allied Health Sciences, Gold Coast, Australia2016
  • Visiting Professor
    Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln, Institut für Kreislaufforschung und Sportmedizin, Germany2015 - 2015
  • Lecturer
    Griffith University, School of Rehabilitation Science, Gold Coast, Australia2013 - 2015
  • Assistant Professor
    Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia2011 - 2013
  • Research Professor
    Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia2010 - 2011

NON-ACADEMIC POSITIONS

  • Senior Polysomnographer
    Gold Coast Sleep Disorder Clinic, Southport, Australia2007 - 2009
  • Polysomnographer
    Snore Australia Sleep Clinic, Australia2004 - 2006

DEGREES

  • Doctor of Philosophy
    Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia2007 - 2011
  • Bachelor of Exercise Science (Hons I)
    Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia2003 - 2006

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