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The ARC Training Centre for Cell and Tissue Engineering Technologies offers postgraduate scholarships and projects for PhD students to complete industry-led research and participate in a specially developed training program. The Centre will train a highly-skilled, entrepreneurial, industry-ready workforce that is poised to consolidate the growing industry base of the tissue engineering and regenerative medicine sector and translate innovative technologies into commercialisation.

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Jessica graduated from an undergraduate degree in Marketing in 2017 and entered her first industry job as the marketing manager for a Brisbane plastic surgeon specialising in breast surgery. During this time she was undertaking an Honours degree part time investigating the customer experience of cosmetic breast augmentation and the role of virtual simulation 3D technology in shaping this customer experience. Her PhD area of investigation has now extended to cosmetic biomedical innovation to understand the marketing communications most suitable to reducing innovation resistance to new technologies for cosmetic surgery. This research looks at the direct-to-consumer perspective given the increasing trend towards DTC advertising and the increasing autonomy of patients in decision-making for cosmetic procedures.

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Julien Clegg completed a biomedical science degree at QUT. During the later years he was involved in WILS (work integrated learning studies) in which he worked with Dr Laura Bray’s research group. He is currently completing a PhD in conjunction with CTET Partner Organisation, Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research.

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Jordan Davern is currently completing his PhD focusing on high-throughput 3D bioprinting of the tumour microenvironment at QUT. Previously, Jordan worked as the Production Manager for Gelomics, a biotechnology start-up company focusing on 3D cell culture technologies. Jordan completed his Masters by research on bioengineered vascular network formation and Biomedical Science degree at QUT.

Mihiri’s interest in stem cell therapy stems from her previous studies where she completed a Bachelor in Biomedical Science (Honours) in 2016 and Masters in Clinical Embryology at Monash University in 2018. Within CTET, Mihiri will be working with A/Prof. Rebecca Lim on developing cell free therapies for liver disease and the prevention of liver cancer.

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Norman Ilich graduated from QUT in 2019 with a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) and worked as a pharmacist on the Sunshine Coast. As well as having a passion for providing patient care, he has always had an interest in pharmaceutical science and drug design. He is doing a PhD at QUT focusing on developing a biodegradable polymeric implant capable of delayed delivery of a gonadotropin-releasing hormone payload. 

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Aeolus has a Bachelor of Biomedical Science graduate, with an honours degree in Science, specifically in biochemistry. He is interested in stem cells and materials engineering for regenerative medicine and tissue engineering applications. His undergraduate project studied the effects of the extracellular matrix stiffness on the paracrine signalling of mesenchymal stromal cells. Within CTET, he is working with Jessica Frith on tissue engineering spinal disc replacement.

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