Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr Ashkan Vatani is a research fellow in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Monash University. Ashkan holds a PhD in mechanical engineering from Griffith University, Australia. His research interests are heat transfer, fluid dynamics, CFD, thermodynamics and medical engineering. He has published in several high ranked journals in this field. He is currently working on optimising a cannula design that avoids thrombosis to be used in ECMO. 


Postdoctoral Reseach Fellow

Dr Andrew Stephens is an Electronic and Computer Engineer working on control and monitoring of biomedical systems. Andrew conducted his PhD in Queensland, investigating control of artificial heart devices using implantable fibre optic sensors. Andrew is currently investigating control of artificial respiratory support devices to prevent under- and over-oxygenation and improve patient outcomes. Andrew is currently the deputy director of CREATElab and is looking to take on undergraduate, masters and PhD students who have a passion for combining medicine and engineering.


Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr Liao completed his Bachelor of Medical Engineering at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2014. He commenced his PhD at QUT in 2015, investigating the effects of artificial hearts on flow patterns within the native heart. Sam is currently interested in evaluating and improving mechanical circulatory and respiratory support systems.


PhD Candidate

Devindi is a first 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. 


PhD Candidate

Rezan Jafary is a biomedical engineer. She has attained her MSc in Biomedical Engineering in 2013 from Ulster University, Northern Ireland, UK. After which, she has worked as a researcher at the Cell Therapy Center, Amman, Jordan. Her research tackled the fabrication and characterization of scaffolds for tissue engineering applications. In 2016, she became a lecturer at the Biomedical engineering department, German Jordanian University in Jordan. She taught: Biomaterials, Artificial Organs, Tissue Engineering and Medical Instrumentation. Rezan is currently pursuing her PhD at Monash University. She will be working on developing a high-fidelity reusable simulation-based ECMO training model.


PhD Candidate

Kar Ying is a first 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).


PhD Candidate

Marjan is a PhD candidate at Swinburne University at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Product Design Engineering. She is collaborating with CREATElab as a research assistant. Her research interests lie in the computational simulation of cardiovascular systems and 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. 


Research Collaborator

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. She uses a range of experimental techniques and platforms including microfluidic chips, PIV, flow and surface imaging, flow control and targeted numerical simulations. A focus is generation of controlled in-vitro flow environments mimicking the complex blood flow conditions found in the human body, facilitating highly detailed measurements which are not otherwise possible. Such tools are aimed at investigations of disease mechanisms, development of implantable devices and drug evaluation.


Principal Advisor

Uli holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the RWTH University in Aachen, Germany. During his professional career, he held various positions in the medical device industry, ranging from Project Manager at the largest German hospital supplier (B. Braun Melsungen AG) to Director and CEO of a German, French and US based start up enterprise (Triflo Medical Inc). In addition, he made successful use of his industrial experience as a freelance consultant and entrepreneurial coach, and (co-)founded seven start up companies in the field of medical devices and engineering services.


Lab Director

Dr Shaun Gregory is the CREATElab Director, a Senior Lecturer 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.

John G. Pollard

Research Assistant

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.

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