CREATElab has grown from nothing in 2018 to now having more than 30 members who have published and presented high-quality research, won competitive research funding, and most importantly, changed clinical practice.
A/Prof. SHAUN GREGORY
Dr. Shaun Gregory an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Monash University, and a Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellow. He holds PhD, MSc and BEng degrees in medical engineering. Shaun’s research interests focus on the development and evaluation of mechanical circulatory and respiratory support systems (artificial hearts and lungs). He has published widely in this field, including as the lead editor on the textbook ‘Mechanical Circulatory and Respiratory Support’. Shaun’s previous roles include being the director of the Innovative Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology Laboratory (ICETLAB), Chief Technical Officer of De Motu Cordis Pty Ltd, and Research Fellow at the University of Queensland and Griffith University where he still holds honorary / adjunct positions.
Dr. ANDREW STEPHENS
Dr Andrew Stephens is an Electronic and Computer Engineer and deputy director of CREATElab. His research areas include smart devices, emergency medicine, and artificial intelligence. Andrew is always looking to take on new PhD students who have a passion for combining medicine and engineering and has several projects available in device development, AI, and cardiac physiology.
Dr. MEHRDAD KHAMOOSHI
Dr. Mehrdad Khamooshi a Research Fellow in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Monash University. He holds Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and B.Sc. degree in Biomedical Engineering. Mehrdad's research interests are in computational and experimental fluid dynamics, focusing on multiphase flows and fluid-solid interactions and applications in cardiovascular and respiratory support systems.
Assistant Lecturer/ Research Fellow
Dr. REZAN JAFARY
Rezan is a biomedical engineer. Rezan’s PhD work involved designing and building a novel simulation-based training model for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) training. The model is a patient simulator that allows clinicians to practice the
basics of ECMO in a safe environment. This model will increase accessibility to ECMO training and allow repetitive practice without the ethical and time constraints of animal-based training. Rezan is working on further developing the model and validating its effectiveness in improving ECMO care with clinicians.
Dr. BEHNAM GHADIMI
Dr. Behnam Ghadimi is a Mechanical Engineer. In his Ph.D. thesis, Behnam used computational fluid dynamics to optimize the geometry of a centrifugal blood pump considering hemolysis and pump efficiency as objective functions. He is interested in single- and multi-objective shape optimization problems and blood flow analysis in ventricular assist devices.
Having recently completed her Bachelor of Materials Engineering at Monash University, Taylah is a research fellow in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Her professional interests lie in additive manufacture and design, and she thoroughly enjoys the journey from novel ideas to tangible prototypes. Taylah assists the CREATElab team with a diverse array of research and experimentation, with the aim of seeing the best possible research outcomes achieved.
KAR YING THUM
Kar Ying is a final year PhD student at Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Monash University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Monash University. She is interested in hemodynamic flow of the cardiovascular system and her current research focuses on evaluating and improving the mechanical circulatory support system through the use of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).
Devindi is a final year PhD student at Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Monash University. Her research focuses on developing a cannulation technique to assist in carrying out in-field ECMO implantation by less experienced clinicians outside of the hospital. Devindi holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Monash University and her final year project was an in-vitro evaluation of post pulmonary thrombo-endarterectomy (PTE) treatment in chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) patients.
Cardiologist & PhD Candidate
Dr. MICHAEL SEMAN
Dr Michael Seman is a cardiologist and clinician researcher at the Alfred Hospital. His research focuses on improving diagnostic and treatment strategies for people with structural heart disease. He is using computational and in-vitro models of the cardiovascular system to simulate the haemodynamics of a range of disease phenotypes. This research will allow for investigating aspects of complex structural heart disease that is not otherwise possible in the clinical setting
Medical Doctor & PhD Candidate
Dr. JASMINE CHAN
Jasmine is a medical doctor, aspiring to be an interventional cardiologist. She has a strong interest in cardiovascular research, particularly coronary biomechanics and athero-biology. Jasmine graduated from Monash University and undertook her basic physician training at Monash Health. She is currently in her first year of her PhD working on assessing non-invasive estimates of coronary endothelial shear stress.
Marjan is a PhD candidate at Monash University with the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Her research interests lie in the computational simulation of cardiovascular systems and the improvement of biomedical devices. Currently, she is running a parametric study on a cannula as part of a left ventricular assist device. She is investigating the hemodynamics of the system employing different simulation methods such as Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) with the aim of reducing the thrombosis risk.
Avishka is a PhD student at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Monash University. His research primarily involves the use of computational fluid dynamics to investigate and analyse cannula flow dynamics during extracorporeal membrane oxygenation treatment. Consequently, he hopes to produce information regarding cannula malposition, improper flow rates, and thrombosis inducing environments due to cannula flow. His research interests also include cannula design optimisation and data validation through particle image velocimetry.
Sophie is a first-year PhD student with the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Monash University after recently completing a Bachelor of Biomedical Science and Bachelor of Materials Engineering with first-class honours. Her research interests include biomaterials, biomechanics, 3D printing and tissue engineering. She will be working to increase cardiac device biocompatibility through novel surface scaffolds and coatings that promote cellular adhesion and proliferation; hence decreasing postoperative risks of bleeding and thrombosis.
SAEEDREZA ZEIBI SHIREJINI
Saeedreza Zeibi Shirejini is a researcher in the Faculty of Medicine, Australian Centre for Blood Disease, Monash University. He obtained his bachelor's and master's degrees in chemical engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran in 2013 and 2016, respectively. From 2016 to 2022, he held several industrial positions, including senior technical engineer and senior process engineer, at various companies. His current research focuses on cardiovascular engineering and the synthesis of drug-loaded nanomedicines to improve strategies for preventing thrombosis in patients with heart and/or lung failure utilizing extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).
Nina Langer is a mechanical engineer working on a novel heart pump. Nina obtained her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen in Germany and holds a M.Sc. degree in mechanical engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. During her studies she gained professional experience in various companies, including in the field of cardiovascular engineering. At CREATElab, she is working on the development of a heart pump for HFpEF patients and is conducting in vitro tests to validate the design as part of her PhD program at Monash University.
Lingxiao is a PhD student at Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Monash University. She obtained her Honours degree in MSE at Monash University and Central South University. She is a materials engineer with the background of metallic additive manufacturing. Her research focuses on the impacts of additively manufactured Titanium alloy on the tissue integration and blood compatibility. She is investigating the cell behaviours and reactions on the printed and textured substrates which aim to improve the biocompatibility of tissue-implant surfaces and reduce the risks of thrombosis
Connor is a first year PhD student with the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Monash University. Connor graduated from Monash university after completing his Bachelor of Mechanical engineering and Bachelor of Biomedical science. His research primarily focuses on the design, manufacturing, and validation of a novel pREBOA (partial Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta) device to aid pre-hospital care of severe trauma patients, and improve patient outcomes.
Kate recently graduated from Monash University after completing a Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours). Her interests include 3D design, electronics, coding, and prototyping. Continuing her studies as a PhD student at Monash University, she will be working on a novel heart pump at the CREATElab. Kate will be developing a miniature, high-speed motor to be used in a heart pump for HFpEF patients.
Prashant is a PhD student with the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Monash University, Australia. Prashant is a graduate Mechanical engineer who has research interests in the field of medical-wearable technology, Cardio-Respiratory engineering, and Artificial Intelligence. His doctoral research involves the introduction of an automated hybrid (physiological-circuit) control and safety system for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation treatments. His research will also involve developing a novel AI-ECMO Assistant which will predict the onset of adverse events and raise an alarm to clinicians for early identification and intervention.
Shelley holds a B.Eng and MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Monash University. She has a keen interest in solving biophysical problems in the medical field. During her time as a master’s research student, she explored the practicality of bipolar and multipolar radiofrequency ablation for treating liver cancer. After graduating from her master’s degree, she joined the corporate world as a product manager for two years before making the return to research. Her current research focuses on building a simulation model to predict the formation and propagation of thrombus under the influence of turbulent flow.
Holographic Simulation Specialist
John is a former soldier, Monash graduate, and holographic simulation specialist. His work at CREATE Lab combines his fabrication and additive manufacturing expertise with his three-year research and development experience of working in room-scale and planet-scale mixed-reality environments at the Monash Immersive Visualisation Platform. John’s current projects align his research interests and lived experience through the architecture and design of augmented reality systems that integrate holographic head-mounted display systems with real-time data, visualization elements, and a holographic interface for increasing situational awareness of the operator while decreasing the operator’s cognitive load.
Collaborators and Alumni
Dr. SAM LIAO
Sam is currently a mechanical engineer at Hydrix working on product development and realisation. He continues to work closely with CREATElab on various CFD, VR and tissue engineering projects.
Dr. ASHKAN VATANI
Ashkan holds a PhD in mechanical engineering from Griffith University, Australia. His research interests are heat transfer, fluid dynamics, CFD, thermodynamics and medical engineering.
Prof. ULRICH STEINSEIFER
Uli holds a PhD in mechanical engineering from the RWTH University in Aachen, Germany. He has held various positions in the medical device industry, ranging from Project Manager at the largest German hospital supplier to Director and CEO of a German, French and US-based start-up enterprise.
Dr. JOSIE CARBERRY
Dr Carberry is a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Monash University. Her research focuses on the way in which fluid forces in blood flow affect cardiovascular function.