PhD Positions

Current PhD Projects

Dynamics and Micromechanics of Mineralized Cartilages

We seek a full-time PhD student to uncover the role of the microarchitectural organization of the soft-hard interfaces on the dynamics and micromechanics of the mineralized cartilages of deep-sea fishes. Together, we leverage our expertise to develop characterization methodologies to understand how nature adapts functional strategies at the material level to form functions under extreme pressures. The position will be part of the Cartilage Program within the newly funded Max Planck Queensland Centre (MPQC) for the Materials Science of Extracellular Matrices, a joint initiative of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science, between the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (MPICI) and the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Read more here.

Shark cartilage: Biophysical, environmental and regenerative adaptations to hydrostatic pressure

We are seeking a highly motivated PhD candidate to investigate the biophysical, environmental and regenerative adaptations of shark cartilage in a range of species from shallow water to deep-sea. The project (based at La Trobe University, Melbourne) will assess healing processes of shark cartilage under different environmental conditions.

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