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Mechanobiology and Microfluidics

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Latest Achievements

Alice Baker and Eleanor Shaw Gender Equity Fellowship (2023)

Established Researcher Award, STEM College, RMIT University (2022)

Inaugural Outstanding Service Award, The Australian Society for Mechanobiology (2021)

Best Basic Research Award, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute (2020)

ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DE170100239) "The molecular basis of endothelial mechanotransduction through TRPV4" (2017–2020)

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Associate Professor Sara Baratchi Laboratory Head
We are dedicated to explaining the complex mechanobiology of the human cardiovascular system using advanced microfluidic technologies.


Research staff

Mr Chanly Chheang Mr Austin Lai Dr Ying Zhou


Ms Nadia Chandra Mr Gianmarco Concilia Ms Habiba Danish Dr Nalin Dayawansa Mr Adam Hawke Mr Panagiotis Iliopoulos Mrs Manijeh Khanmohammadi Mr Sergio Aguilera Suarez

Affiliates and Collaborators

A/Prof Khashayar Khoshmanesh Dr Peter Thurgood Ms Rumbidzai Zizhou


About the Mechanobiology and Microfluidics laboratory

We are focussed on the mechanobiology — mechanisms used by cells to sense and respond to mechanical forces — of the human cardiovascular system. We also work on organ-on-chip microfluidic platforms for modelling cardiovascular diseases.

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With the rising number of Australians affected by diabetes, heart disease and stroke, the need for research is more critical than ever.

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