Dr Vijay Rajagopal is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Melbourne. Vijay has a BEng in Engineering Science and a PhD in Bioengineering from the Auckland Bioengineering Institute. Vijay moved to the University of Melbourne at the start of 2014 to establish a research program in ‘cellular geometrics’ to measure and model the 3D spatial organization of cells and their local environment, to address questions about structure-function relationships from the sub-cellular to inter-cellular scale in heart disease and cancer. Vijay’s group website is http://cellularsmb.org/.
Dr Melissa Davis is a National Breast Cancer Foundation Senior Research Fellow in Cancer Systems Biology at the Systems Biology Laboratory. She holds a BSc (Genetics) and a PhD from the University of Queensland. Melissa’s research is focused on the systems biology of epithelial-mesenchymal plasticity in breast cancer. Melissa specialises in the integration of genomic, transcriptomic, and proteomic data with knowledge-based network models to identify sub-networks and pathways disrupted in cancer.
Professor Peter Gawthrop is an Honorary Professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Melbourne. Peter obtained his BA (Hons), DPhil and MA degrees in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford, and held the Wylie Chair of Control Engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Glasgow University. Peter is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Peter’s current research interests include developing intermittent control theory as a new paradigm for engineering and physiological control, in particular in human posture, and application of bond graphs to model the network thermodynamics of biochemical systems.