Biomedical Engineering
School of ITEE

Researcher Profile

What is your area of research?

I am interested in electronic device design applied to medical and non-medical areas. Childhood sleep-related breathing disorders have been a focus of my research as it is a measurement-rich environment with many unanswered questions. This type of work often leads to dabbling in signal processing and looking into new analysis methods for clinical problems. Currently I have teamed up with our photonics group to examine methods of imaging in skin cancer and diagnostics for blood flow and clotting disorders in artificial heart use.

What are the major scientific challenges facing your area of research?

We find numerous measures and descriptors of health and disease in my area, but we often lack the understanding of how these measures relate to the physiology or disease we are trying to manage. I think this a common issue across many areas in biomedical engineering.

Why did you become a biomedical engineer?

Many will say they 'want to make a difference'. While this is true for most biomedical engineers and, it is a field with easily seen impacts, I think that just being involved in problem solving for the community at large is a good-enough motivator. The plain old telephone and a working sewage system has saved many more lives than I will ever contemplate. 

(However, I still battle to keep both technologies operational at my house...)

Who has been/is the biggest influence on your career and why?

Probably Santa Claus or the Great Pumpkin - whoever was responsible for giving me a soldering iron as a ten year old.

If you could choose one person to sit next to on a plane, whom would it be?

William McInnes (actor, writer, raconteur). There are few better story tellers with the breadth and humour of this local chap.

Deputy Director, MedTeQ Centre  
School of Information Technology 
& Electrical Engineering