Bioinstrumentation Laboratory

The Bioinstrumentation Lab develops novel scientific instrumentation and medical devices. Our work brings together skills in biology, optics, mechanics, mathematics, electronics, computation and chemistry.

We work in collaboration with local clinicians and international partners. We maintain close collaborative links with the MIT BioInstrumentation Laboratory, Bosten, USA.

Several students in our laboratory have visited MIT as summer interns and visiting researchers.

Our research projects

Our research projects include instrumentation development, observation and experimentation, and modelling and analysis. Our projects span basic science to translational engineering science with healthcare and commercial outcomes.

We maintain excellent laboratory and workshop facilities with specialist equipment for rapid electronic, mechanical and optical prototyping, imaging and wet-tissue experimentation. Our talented research team has specialist skills in:

  • Sensors
  • Imaging and optical systems
  • Signal processing
  • Electronic circuit design
  • Electromagnetic motor and actuator design
  • Soft actuators and sensors
  • Real-time control and analysis
  • Micro-fabrication
  • Soft tissue experimentation

Research question

  • Can we develop a painless needle-free method for sampling blood and for injecting drugs under the skin?
    • The group is working on this alongside colleagues at University of Canterbury, and MIT in Boston. We aim to transform the lives of many people who must make repeated finger-prick measurements and take subcutaneous injections every day.
  • Can we develop systems that use state-of-the-art actuators for assisting patients and helping them get in and out of bed?
    • We have are developing novel electromechanical actuators to assist stroke patients, and those with shoulder injuries. We also develop soft actuators and sensors for use in artificial limb sockets, and deformable mattresses.
  • What technologies can we develop for studying the heart and its tissues?
    • We have developed unique instruments that allow us to study living hearts and their tissues. We aim to measure and explore heart function from the whole heart down to its individual cells.  


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