Professor Mia Woodruff

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    Leader: Biofabrication & Tissue Morphology Group

    PhD Materials Engineering (University of Nottingham)


    Prof Mia Woodruff leads the Biofabrication and Tissue Morphology Group. She attained her PhD in 2006 and has published over 120 papers and has been a CI on over $3 million in research grants. She is an expert in bone tissue engineering with extensive experience in all aspects of biomaterial scaffold fabrication techniques and pre-clinical models and has built a world-leading histology laboratory. She is the recipient of a QUT Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellowship and ARC APD Fellowship.

    Mia was awarded the Women in Technology QLD Life Sciences Research Leader Award in 2018 as well as a QUT Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence. In 2017, Mia was awarded the Rose-Anne Kelso Commemorative Award for her “endeavours, passion and dedication to the health and life sciences industry”. Mia was also awarded second place (highly commended) in the WIT “Rising Star” award category in 2012 and nominated for the Biotech researcher award in 2013. She was also the winner of the Queensland Young Tall Poppy Science Award in 2013 and in 2014 was recognised in Qweekend’s 50 Best and Brightest.

    Mia’s exciting vision is of a future where the fabrication of patient-specific replacement tissue and organs is safe, cost-effective and routine. This dream drives her fascinating research to advance the high-tech sciences of tissue engineering and biofabrication.

    3D printing is currently taking the world by storm, with the ability to print anything from houses in China to the latest catwalk fashion trends in Paris. Biofabrication applies 3D printing techniques using biological materials to create customised living 3D tissues and is poised to revolutionise the regenerative medicine industry. Developing this technology demands highly collaborative and interdisciplinary teams from many fields; biologists, engineers, clinicians, materials scientists and mathematicians. By working together, complex challenges can be solved and the routine 3D printing of anatomically precise replacement body parts, delivered in the operating theatre, can one day become a reality, enabling a cost effective, on-the-spot solution to tissue loss.

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