• Large field SEM image of a herniated intervertebral disc

  • Elastic fiber in human annulus fibrosus

  • Herniated annulus fibrosus in an ovine model system

  • Herniation pattern in an ovine intervertebral disc.

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    Congratulation to Dr. Javad Tavakoli for receiving the 2020 Acta Biomaterialia’s Outstanding Reviewer awards for excellence in reviewing in 2019, Read More
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    Congratulation to the team for performing a high caliber research reporting the ultrastructural organization of elastic fibers in the nucleus Read More
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    Excellent talk by Prof Joanne Tipper in Academic Journeys Webinar: "How on earth did I end up in Australia?” What Read More
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  • Spinal cord Injury 
  • Biological responses to wear debris
  • Intervertebral disc regeneration and IVD organ model systems
  • Implant failure and development of longer-lasting, more reliable devices
  • Central nervous system repair
  • Structure-function relationship in disc


  • Hydrogels
  • Biomedical polymers
  • Fluorescent hydrogels
  • Polymers, metals & ceramics particles
  • Aggregation-induced emission probes (biosensors)

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  • 3D biorpiting
  • Vortex Fluidic Device
  • Biomaterials Characterization
  • Cell culture and characterization

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