The process of wound healing is a series of overlapping biological events working in synergy with the chemical and physical environments to bring about a coordinated process. Matrices not only provide a physical scaffold with defined mechanical properties but also act as a dynamic platform of interaction domains and a repository for biochemical based signalling coordinating the biological responses to enforce wound healing. This project focuses on manipulating these parameters to control bleeding and subsequent repair.

The project can involve creating fluorescent cell models, purifying and employing natural matrices, making designer matrices through bioconjugation of bioactive molecules to synthetic matrices, high resolution STED confocal imaging in combination with applied force (rheometer), general protein biochemistry, stem cell differentiation and other cell behaviour and functional assays.

Dr Kijas is always interested to work with students who are driven by their interest in research and motivated to succeed.

Please email for more detailed information on this project which can be tailored as an honours, masters or PhD.

Supervisor: Dr Amanda Kijas