Professor Merryn Tawhai has pioneered the creation of multi-levelled computational models of the lungs, spanning from individual cells to the entire organ. The models incorporate data on cell function, tissue and fluid mechanics and gas exchange.
These models have the potential to link basic imaging or symptom data with an advanced understanding of what is happening within the lungs, thus providing a virtual window into this complex organ. This has the potential for more rapid and accurate determination of the best treatment for individual patients and their risks of complications.
In 2016, Professor Tawhai has been awarded the MacDiarmid Medal by the Royal Society of New Zealand for her outstanding research, providing new tools for diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of lung disease.
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Auckland Bioengineering Institute
Professor Merryn Tawhai is Deputy Director of the Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI), a cross-faculty research centre dealing with the application of mathematical and engineering sciences to biology and human physiology.
Learn more about the Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI).