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Industry-sponsored PhD position in microfluidics for drug screening applications

Project Leader: Vijayaraghavan Rajagopal
Collaborators: Ineke Muir (CSL Ltd)
Primary Contact: Vijayaraghavan Rajagopal (vijay.rajagopal@unimelb.edu.au)
Keywords: biomicrosystems; cell mechanics; mechanobiology; micro-fluidics
Disciplines: Biomedical Engineering,Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering,Mechanical Engineering

We are seeking an exceptional candidate to kick-start a PhD research project to develop high-throughput microfluidics assays for drug screening applications. The project is sponsored by CSL Ltd, Australia’s leading biotech company, and is in collaboration with the Dept. of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Melbourne, Australia’s leading University. 


The successful candidate will work in a multi-disciplinary environment with leading experts in vascular biology, microfluidics, and experimental and computational mechanobiology to develop systems that rapidly identify potent drug targets for rare blood disorders. Situated in the world-renowned Parkville Biomedical Precinct, the successful candidate will have access to state-of-the-art microfabrication, microscopy and other laboratory facilities to contribute to unmet needs in CSL’s drug discovery pipeline.  

Left: Red blood cells traversing a microfluidic channel; Right: A computational model of the microfluidic experiment