Professor Mia Woodruff
Faculty of Engineering
School of Mechanical, Medical & Process Engineering
Professor Mia Woodruff has 21 years’ experience in biomedical engineering since her undergraduate degree and PhD at the University of Nottingham, UK. She is an internationally renowned expert in tissue engineering and Biofabrication, with extensive experience in all aspects of biomaterial scaffold fabrication techniques, pre-clinical models and histological analysis. Mia has published over 120 peer reviewed journal articles and is the recipient of a QUT Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellowship, and ARC Fellowship. Mia established the Biofabrication and Tissue Morphology Group (BTM) in 2010 which now comprises 6 post-doctoral fellows, 12 PhD students, 4 research assistants, 3 Honour students and several final year undergraduate project students as one of QUT’s youngest professors.
Mia’s exciting vision is of a future where the fabrication of patient-specific replacement tissue and organs is safe, cost-effective and routine and where 3D medical scanning modelling and printing can positively impact healthcare service delivery. In partnership with Metro North Hospital and Health Services, Mia’s Hospital of the Future vision has recently led to the establishment of the Herston Biofabrication Institute. Mia’s team focusses on uses the platform technologies of 3D scanning, modelling and printing, bringing together clinicians, researchers, industry and patients on one site. Mia is also a passionate science- communicator and recognises enormous value in engaging the general public in her work; particularly students.
Main Areas of Research:
- Composite scaffolds for tissue engineering
- Advanced non invasive scanning
- Anatomical modelling and 3D printing
- Electrospinning – melt and solution
- In vivo models for bone regeneration
- Cell culture and in vitro biocompatibility studies for new biomaterials
- Microsphere production for growth factor delivery
- Histology and uCT assessment of biomaterial implants
- Large animal models, large bone explants (including metallic) advanced histology processing using PMMA resin embedding