Professor Peter Pivonka

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Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering and Spinal Disorders

PhD in Engineering Sciences (Civil Engineering) (Vienna Technical University)

Peter finished his PhD with distinction at the Institute for Mechanics of Materials and Structures at Vienna University of Technology (TU-Vienna) in 2001. In 2007 he completed his Doctor of Science thesis at TU-Vienna leading to the award of the Venia Docendi in Continuum Mechanics and Biomechanics. Peter previously held the position of Associate Professor of Surgery at the St Vincent’s Department of Surgery at the University of Melbourne, where he led the Mechanobiology and Musculoskeletal Tissue Mechanics group. Peter is currently the Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering and Spinal Disorders at Queensland University of Technology. Peter has made significant contributions to musculoskeletal research in terms of establishing mechanobiology and bioengineering as priority research areas, promoting novel inter-disciplinary approaches to orthopaedic and bone biology research, and organization of workshops and mini-symposia. Peter’s work on mechanobiological regulation of bone tissue and multiscale modeling of materials is nationally and internationally recognized. His research interests are in mechanobiology, biomaterials, tissue engineering, musculoskeletal diseases (OP, OA, sarcopenia) and clinical interventions, estimation of material properties, multiscale modeling, systems biology, and high-resolution X-ray imaging. Over the last 5 years Peter has published one book, three book chapters, 25 journal papers, 25 conference papers covering both theoretical and experimental aspects of biomechanics and mechanobiology. His research publications are in high impact journals such as Bone, BoneKEy, Journal of Biomechanics, Journal of Theoretical Biology, BMMB, Journal of Engineering Mechanics, PlosOne and International Journal of Nanomedicine. He has contributed to more than 100 conference abstracts since 2004 and has presented a majority of these papers.

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3/2017 – current Brisbane,   QLD, Australia Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering and Spinal Disorders, School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering, Queensland University of Technology 7/2015 – 2/2017 Melbourne, VIC, Australia Associate Professor of Surgery, The University of Melbourne, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, St Vincent’s Department of Surgery 3/2013 – 6/2015 Melbourne, VIC, Australia Associate Professor of Medicine, The University of Melbourne, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, Northwest Academic Centre 5/2012 – 2/2013 Perth,         WA, Australia Research Associate Professor, The University of Western Australia, School of Computer Science & Software Engineering 2/2009 – 4/2012 Perth,         WA, Australia Research Fellow (C), The University of Western Australia, School of Computer Science & Software Engineering 3/2005 – 1/2009 Melbourne, VIC, Australia Research Fellow (C), The University of Melbourne, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering 9/2004 – 2/2005 Melbourne, VIC, Australia Research Fellow (B), The University of Melbourne, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering 3/2004 - 8/2004 Melbourne, VIC, Australia Research Fellow, The University of Melbourne, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering 3/2003 – 2/2004 Newcastle, NSW, Australia Research Fellow, The University of Newcastle, Dept. of Civil, Surveying and Environmental Engineering 8/2002 – 2/2003 Perth, WA, Australia Research Fellow, CSIRO – Exploration and Mining 9/2000 – 2/2002 Vienna, Austria University Associate, Vienna University of Technology, Institute for Mechanics of Materials and Structures 9/1996 – 8/2000 Vienna, Austria Research Associate, Vienna University of Technology, Institute for Mechanics of Materials and Structures
  • Comparison of shoulder anatomy and rotator cuff pathology using 3T vs 7T MR Images
    MPhil, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Cameron Brown