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PhD Scholarship - Orthopaedic tissue repair, Christchurch, New Zealand

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  • PhD Scholarship - Orthopaedic tissue repair, Christchurch, New Zealand

    Bone, cartilage and tendon are three musculoskeletal tissues where optimal repair or regeneration is often not achievable. This project will focus on strategies for successful orthopaedic tissue repair, particularly fabrication of novels scaffolds for bone, cartilage and tendon.
    Additive manufacturing and 3D printing are shaping the future of orthopaedic surgery and regenerative medicine. Research within the CReaTE group focuses on the development of additive-manufactured orthopaedic implants and regenerative medicine strategies targeting repair of cartilage, bone and tendon for the treatment of musculoskeletal disease. Utilising a platform of 3D printing or biofabrication technologies we develop top-down and bottom‐up tissue assembly approaches aimed at producing new classes of tissue engineered constructs for tissue repair.
    Controlling delivery of stem cells and/or bioactive factors to enhance repair and regeneration, along with design and fabrication of scaffolds using additive manufacturing processes will be a key focus of this project. Application and testing of constructs will be carried out in relevant models, with the goals of improving on the current state of the art, enhancing understanding of the underlying biological processes, and progressing a repair strategy toward the clinic.
    We are looking for enthusiastic PhD candidates with the following skills: Experience with 3D scaffold fabrication, in vitro cell culture, biomaterial characterisation techniques, biochemical analysis techniques, mechanical testing, computer‐aided design, micro-CT imaging, and histology processing would be preferred.
    Good communication skills (both written and oral), as well as intrinsic motivation and independence, are essential.


    Contact: Assoc. Prof Tim Woodfield
    tim.woodfield@otago.ac.nz
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