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Research interests

I am interested in understanding the basic physics that controls how biological and synthetic materials change shape through the influence of processes such as growth or swelling. Our work uses both experimental and theoretical methods and has relevance in basic biology (morphogenesis), healthcare (tissue engineering) and robotics (the design of actuators).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Biological Physics, Habilitation, University of Potsdam

Award Date: 26 Sep 2016

Materials Science, Doctorate, Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble

Award Date: 11 Jul 2006

Materials Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering (1st Class Honours), University of Western Australia

Award Date: 1 Jan 2001

Chemistry, Bachelor of Science (1st Class Honours), University of Western Australia

Award Date: 1 Jan 1999


  • QC Physics
  • Biophysics
  • Q Science (General)
  • Geometry
  • Active Matter
  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • Materials
  • Tissue Engineering


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