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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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Anurag did his undergraduate degree in Biotechnology Engineering, and was drawn towards the Nanotech side of engineering due to its multidisciplinary approach in handling problems. While doing his Master in Materials Engineering at Uppsala Sweden, he found an interesting project here in Monash, so he decided to start to develop biosensors for cell quality control with a focus on temperature control, alongside the team at Bluechiip Ltd.

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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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Jovanna Nathalie Cervantes Guzmán is a CTET PhD Student at QUT. She has a Master’s degree in Marketing Management and a PhD in Management Sciences at the University of Guadalajara. She previously worked at the University of Guadalajara (CUCEA) and has training in the area of entrepreneurship by Boston University and Arizona State University. Her project is on female entrepreneurs in biotechnology.

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Sofia is currently completing her Master’s degree at QUT in conjunction with CTET partner organization, TissueGUARD. Her project focuses on validating novel hydrogel materials for its application in lung and breast cancer research. Sofia’s interest in oncology stems from her earlier studies where she completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at The University of Queensland in 2020. In her final year of undergraduate study, she acquired volunteer work experience with Dr Laura Bray’s research team, where her interest truly catalysed into her passion.

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Shelby Holland graduated from Colgate University in NY, USA in 2018 with a Bachelor of Biochemistry and went on to complete a IRTA fellowship at the National Institutes of Health researching natural antibiotic producers. She then completed a Master of Biomedical Engineering with Business at the University of Melbourne in 2022. During her Master’s studies, she co-founded a medical technology company, Vause Medical, to develop a guidance system to improve lumbar punctures in paediatrics. Her company is currently part of the MedTech Actuator Accelerator 2022 cohort and has won multiple industry awards. Now, she is embarking on her PhD project to map and optimise the supply chain for cell therapies in Australia and abroad.

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Sheng completed his Master’s degree in Biotechnology at Monash University in 2022. He is interested in epigenetics and cell reprogramming. His Master’s project focused on comparing different single genomic locus analysis approaches to characterise mammalian regulatory complexes. He is currently working on his PhD project with Dr. Bo Sun, Prof, Jose Polo, and Prof, John Bertram at BDI ADB and ARC CTET, reprograming of different cell types into podocytes.

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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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Weronika graduated in 2022 with a Master’s degree in Pharmacology from the University of Manchester. She is interested in cancer immunotherapy and completed the Master’s project on “The effects of BRCA1 expression on cGAS-STING signalling and tumour immunogenicity in high-grade serous ovarian cancer”. She is currently working on her PhD project on enhancing CAR-T cell therapy of prostate cancer in collaboration with the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

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Maha received her Master’s in Molecular Medicine from the Amrita Center for Nanoscience and Molecular Medicine, India. As part of her Master’s thesis, she developed a multifunctional self-healing hydrogel for infectious wound healing using metal-ligand coordination interaction. She also worked on other projects such as developing chitosan-based antiseptic drug-incorporated bandages to prevent skin infections and a chitin-based injectable hydrogel for cranial bone regeneration using nano whitlockite/ nano bioglass and FGF-18. After her Master’s degree, she worked as a Senior Research Fellow at Amrita Center for Nanoscience and Molecular Medicine on “Indo-Korea (Seoul National University)” cooperative initiative to develop a bioceramic loaded hyaluronic acid-collagen cryogel for drug delivery at the site of bone regeneration in an avascular femoral head model.

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Jeremy graduated in 2022 with a Bachelor’s Degree of Biomedical Science and an Honours Degree in Materials Engineering. During his Honours year, Jeremy worked together with Professor Neil Cameron and Dr Bradyn Parker on engineering polymeric materials for peripheral nerve regeneration. After completing his Honours, he worked with Neil on separate projects as a research assistant. He is currently completing his PhD candidature by continuing from his previous Honours year project with Prof. Cameron and CTET.

Shabnam worked as a research assistant in Pediatric Urology and Regenerative Medicine Research Center in Children’s Medical Center in Tehran for 12 years. Her focus was on acellularization and recellularization of more than twenty tissues/organs and surgical techniques on laboratory animals, with more than 50 published articles. She is enthusiastic in stem cells and materials engineering for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine applications. She is doing a PhD at ARMI in conjunction with ARC Centre, focusing on developing Novel Bioink Carrier Formulations for 3D Bioprinting of Skeletal Muscle.

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The study of materials characterization has been Elham’s passion since 2013, when she started her Bachelor Degree in Materials Engineering at Isfahan University of Technology. Her research interests include Additive Manufacturing, Design and Topology Optimization in AM, Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering. Elham has now joined Distinguished Prof. Dietmar W. Hutmacher’s research team at QUT, where she is working on a PhD project that involves design, additive manufacturing, and characterization of bone and breast tissue.

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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.

Zaimao Peng acquired first class honour bachelor degree of engineering at the beginning of 2021. In his final year of undergraduate study, he did a final year project of 3D bioprinting with Professor Laurence Meagher. The project aimed to find out the correlation between rheological property of hydrogel and the printability. He started his PhD candidature after graduation and continued to work with Laurence on the synthesis of bioink of 3D bioprinting for regenerative medicine.

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