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Get sponsored to do life-changing research - we have a range of fully-funded projects waiting for you.
Computational modelling of maternal and fetal interactions in pregnancy
PhD Project: Are you interested in mathematical modelling and early development? Be involved in developing a world-first data-driven computational model of the interface between parent and child
Is the powerhouse compromised in the diabetic human heart?
PhD Project: This project will focus on applying state-of-the-start experimental and modelling techniques to human heart tissues to uncover the effects of diabetes on mitochondrial energy supply.
What is going on in the diabetic cardiomyocyte?
Masters: Want to study bioengineering and how it applies to tackling the rising rates of diabetic heart disease?
Loading the heart to understand its coupling to cardiovascular loads
PhD Project: The heart can be cut out of the body, and be isolated from the body's cardiovascular loads. Ever thought that in your hand, you can load healthy hearts with diseased loads, and vice versa?
Uncovering the physiological significance of beat-to-beat variability of the heart: Experiment and modelling
PhD Project: Take a moment to listen to your heart beat. It probably feels like it is ticking along at a constant rate. But that’s not the case. Your heart rate instead varies largely in sync with your breathing.
Robotic fish to enable effective coastal kaitiakitanga: information is power
PhD Project: To explore underwater propulsion based on artificial muscles for an instrumented robotic seacraft.
Advanced Deep Learning Methods for Automatic Segmentation of Brain Tumours and other Intracranial Structures
PhD Project: Are you interested in the application of advanced machine-learning in Neurosurgery for auto-segmentation of Brain tumours and other intracranial structures?
Artificial intelligence for aiding cardiac diagnosis and treatment
PhD Project: Do you want to learn artificial intelligence, one of the most exciting technologies in recent years, and apply this in medical field? Then we have an amazing PhD project for you.
Deep learning segmentation for advancing breast cancer diagnosis
PhD Project: Breast cancer is the most common cancer to affect women worldwide.
Using agent-based modelling to understand how structural characteristics affect endometriotic lesion dynamics
PhD Project: Interested in how we can use biological imaging to inform our mathematical models? This project aims to bridge the gap between experimental imaging and modelling techniques for biological tissues.
Electrophysiology of menstruation; a multiscale modelling approach
PhD Project: Interested in how biological tissues function and how we can use mathematics to understand them? Passionate about problems in women’s health? This PhD project will let you pursue all these interests.
A storm in the brain - analysing brain network disruptions after mild traumatic brain injury
PhD Project: We aim to develop a multiscale model of the brain connectivity network to find how localised damages in the brain cause global functional deficits after mild traumatic brain injury.
Decodification of brain activity via deep learning and modelling techniques
Masters / PhD Project: This project aims to use deep learning techniques to decode brain activity patterns while studying the underlying neuronal connectivity using an inverse neuro-mechanistic modelling approach.
What's Inside Matters: Assessing intracranial pressure from amplified MRI
Masters / PhD Project: This project aims to determine cranial pressure from computational mechanics and a novel amplified MRI (aMRI) technique that visualises micro-strains in the brain along the cardiac cycle.
Develop multi-modality cardiopulmonary computational models for pulmonary hypertension
PhD project: In this project multi-modality imaging from patients with pulmonary hypertension will be used to develop coupled computational models of the heart and lungs.
Using novel MRI techniques to develop computational models of the paediatric lung
PhD project: In this project novel lung magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques will be utilised to develop paediatric computational models of the lungs.
PhDs available for an international project
PhD Projects: We have PhD projects available for the right candidates, working on an exciting new international collaborative project, led by Distinguished Professor Peter Hunter.
Understanding digestion through imaging and modelling
Masters / PhD Project: We seek to use MRI to track the breakdown of food contents over time, and the rate at which food empties from the stomach in both normal subjects and patients with chronic indigestion.
Electromechanical mapping of the gut using flexible electronics and cameras
Masters / PhD Project: In this project multi-modal techniques will be developed and utilised, involving flexible electronics and cameras, to gain an integrated understanding of the control mechanisms of the gut.
Smart personalised electroceuticals in the gut through a joint modelling and experimental approach mapping of the gut
Masters / PhD Project: This project will involve development and validation of mathematical models that can receive a variety of inputs.
Understanding the variation of tibia and femur bone mineral density in a paediatric population
Masters Project: Unlike FE models based on adult bone geometry, limited literature is available for paediatric FE modelling.
Bioengineering tools for early diagnosis assessment and rehabilitation monitoring in the community
PhD Project: The PhD student will collect full body 3D scanner and 3DGA with optical motion capture and IMUs on 20 typically developed children.
Development of intelligent multimodal imaging analysis platform to predict stroke motor outcomes
PhD Project: This project will derive and train an automated artificial intelligence platform by using machine learning methods to identify lesions and features of the sensorimotor network and whole brain to classify patients according to expected stroke outcomes.
Targeting the right atrium using computer modelling and AI, to fix our irregularly beating hearts
PhD Project: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common heart rhythm disturbance and can lead to stroke and heart failure. AF is a major cause of hospitalisation worldwide.
Smooth Muscle Organ Function: From data to model
PhD Project: Smooth muscle organs exhibit rhythmic electrical activity that helps to coordinate organ function. This project aims to use multi-electrode electrical mapping datafunction, develop analytical techniques and mathematical models.
Anatomically detailed, biophysically governed modelling of energy flows in dairy cows
PhD Project: Dairy cows are the engines of the dairy industry, an industry critical to the economy of many countries like New Zealand. Climate change is posing significant challenges to this industry; specifically the growing demand to reduce enteric methane emission, to reduce nitrogen losses from farms whilst ensuring productivity as the cows manage thermal stress and adapt to changes in feed composition.
Power conversion for wearable devices
PhD Project: Did you know a rubber-like device - the size of a shoe heel - can harvest enough energy to keep your phone charged?
What could vaping be doing to our lungs?
Masters / PhD Project: It is projected that smoking will kill one billion people this century. Electronic cigarettes (ECs) were developed as a smoking cessation tool, however their health effects are unknown.
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