- Professor Mia Woodruff
Science and Engineering Faculty,
School of Mechanical Medical & Process Engineering
- IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Science and Engineering Projects,
IHBI Chem Physics Mech Engineering - IPTM
- Discipline *
- Biomedical Engineering, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Engineering Design
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- Identifiers and profiles
Phd Materials Engineering (University of Nottingham)
- Professional memberships
- ASMR (Australian Medical Society of Medical Research)
- TERMIS (Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine)
- TCES (Tissue and Cell Engineering Society, UK)
- ASBTE (Australian Society of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering)
Since the award of my PhD (2006), I have established an international reputation in the rapidly advancing field of biomaterials and biofabrication. As a result of my high quality outputs, competitive grant success, and proactive engagement with industry and international collaborators, I was one of the youngest senior lecturers at QUT promoted to Associate Professor (2013). I have established a high performing team of 20 underpinned by a state-of the-art histology facility. After commencing at QUT seven years ago, I have been a Chief Investigator on over $3 million in research grants, including $1.3 million in current ARC and NHMRC funding. Furthermore, I am CI on a recently awarded multimillion innovative manufacturing CRC (2015). I am the recipient of a Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellowship, and ARC Fellowship and have published more than 60 high ranking peer reviewed papers. I have established the Biofabrication and Tissue Morphology Group (BTM) which comprises 4 Post-doctoral fellows, 6 PhD students, 3 Masters students, 4 research assistants and several final year undergraduate project students, all funded from category 1 grants and scholarships. I have continued to foster collaborations with internationally renowned scientists in my field and this has included Professor Molly Stevens of Imperial College, London, who heads the largest materials engineering effort in the UK, being a Co-Chief Investigator on a $400,000 ARC Linkage grant which I was awarded in 2013. I am internationally recognised as a leader in biofabrication (3d printing body parts) and specifically bone tissue engineering and upon joining QUT I saw a vital need to enhance the world-class tissue engineering research at QUT by establishing a cutting edge histological capability. To support this, I have secured over $1 million of equipment to date from granting bodies and fellow research groups. The BTM histology capability provides training and service to more than 20 QUT based research groups and has significantly increased the research outputs of these groups as well as my national and international profile in this area, this facility now enjoys national/international consultation and large commercial contracts for histology-related expertise. After writing a successful business case in 2014, QUT have taken over this thriving business and now employ 3 full time members of staff to run this hugely successful CORE histology facility under my academic leadership. The combination of this histology capability combined with the pre-clinical expertise of the Medical Engineering Research Facility (MERF) is now gaining rapid international recognition and commercial interest. It is anticipated with Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) accreditation in 2015, that QUT will be recognised as a world-leading pre-clinical orthopaedic facility. I am regularly invited to share my “3d printing body parts” and “hospital of the future” vision in the media (TV: The Feed, SCOPE, newspapers, keynotes) promoting science to all ages. After several high-profile presentations (TEDx, WiT 3D printing forum 2014, 2015) and showcases to various health and science ministers, public, schools, government and industry engagement to promote 3D printing technologies, I hope to drive the potential of biofabrication as a key player in the future of regenerative medicine, into the public’s consciousness. This is especially important when we consider the millions of people suffering tissue loss through trauma, cancer and congenital defects every year; our technology will aims to restore functionality to these patients, improving quality of life. Broad Area of Research: Othopaedics PhD, masters, and research-placement opportunities are available – please contact me directly. Main Areas of Research
- Composite scaffolds for tissue engineering
- Electrospinning – melt and solution
- In vivo models for bone regeneration
- Cell culture and in vitro biocompatibility studies for new biomaterials
- Microsphere production for growth factor delivery
- Histology and uCT assessment of biomaterial implants
- Large animal models, large bone explants histology processing using PMMA resin embedding
- 2016 – Cecilia Kilkeary Foundation. 3D Scan and Print Lab for Prosthetic Ears. $27,500. Woodruff.
- 2016-2021 – ARC Industrial Transformation Training Center in Biomanufacturing. Future BioManufacturing. $2 Million. Hutmacher, Klein,Woodruff et al.
- 2016-2020 – ARC Industrial Transformation Training Center. ARC Training Centre in Additive Biomanufacturing. $3.72 Million. Hutmacher, Klein, Woodruff, et al.
- 2016 – Advance QLD Knowledge Transfer Partnership. Hear and Say – QUT. $75,000. Woodruff and Powell.
- 2016-2018 – Innovation Manufacturing CRC. Innovative Manufacturing CRC, a collaboration between industry, government and researchers. $60 Million. Hutmacher, Woodruff, et al.
- 2015-2017 AO Foundation. Prevention of Bisphosphonate Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaws Using a Novel Tissue Engineering Strategy. $429,000. Hutmacher, Werner, Lynham, Woodruff,Brierly.
- 2013-2016 – ARC Linkage. Smart-Matrix™ approaches towards neo vascularisation in bone repair. $400,000. Woodruff, Blackwood, Macneil, Couzens
- 2013-2016 – ARC Linkage. A novel electrospraying technology platform for controlled and targeted growth factor delivery. $250,000. Woodruff, Shakesheff, Couzens
- 2013-2016 – NHMRC Development Grant. The reconstruction of large segmental bone defects using patient-specific tissue engineered constructs. $450,000. Hutmacher, Schuetz, Woodruff, Epari, Dickinson, Saifzedah, Sommerville, Steck.
- 2013 – 2015 – ATN-DAAD. Osteochondral defect regeneration. $24,000. Woodruff, Gelinsky.
- 2012-2014 – Wesley Research Institute Project Grant. Reconstruction of large bone defects using patient specific tissue engineered construct. $89,600. Dickinson, Hutmacher, Schuetz, Woodruff, Epari, Saifzedah, Sommerville, Steck.
- 2011-2014 – ARC Linkage. Development of new scaffolds for bone repair comprising PCL & strontium- substituted bioactive glasses. $391,000. Woodruff, Crawford, Stevens (UK)
- 2010-2013: ARC Linkage. Bone Tissue Engineering using innovative tubular dual layered nnofiber meshes. $404,000. Hutmacher, Woodruff, Saifzedah, Crawford, Guldberg, Mooney, Pearce.
- 2011 AOCMF. Craniofacial repair using electrospun meshes. $50,000. Hutmacher, Berner, Woodruff, Saifzedah, Schuetz.
- 2009 – 2011: ARC Discovery. Design and Fabrication of an engineered bone graft system by combining a composite scaffold and growth factor delivery system. $337,000. Hutmacher, Woodruff, Guldberg Shakesheff.
- 2016 Engagement Innovation Grant. 3D printing in all high schools. $29,000. Woodruff, Farrelly, Bilsborough, Powell, Lanaro, Helens.
- 2012 IHBI Cells & Tissue Collaborative Grant. Soft Tissue Injury. $30,000. Peake, Woodruff, Steck.
- 2011 – IHBI ECR Grant. Histological methods for assessing bone regeneration. $10,000. Woodruff.
- 2011-Present – Equipment Grants. Building histology capacity at QUT, more than 10 equipment grants awarded totally over $1 million. Woodruff, et al.
- 2017-present: Professor
- 2018-2020: Acting Director, Herston Biofabrication Institute
- 2013-2017: Associate Professor
- 2010-present: Group Leader Biomaterials and Tissue Morphology Group
- 2009 – 2010: Senior Research Fellow, Regenerative Medicine Group, IHBI, QUT
- 2006 – 2009: Post Doctoral Research Fellow, National University of Singapore
- 2011-2014: ARC, APD(I) Fellowship
- 2010-2013: QUT Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellowship
Course Coordinator for 4th Year Bachelor of Engineering (Medical) subject Biomaterials
I am a passionate science- communicator and recognise enormous value in engaging the general public in my work; particularly students. I am regularly invited to share my “3d printing body parts” and “hospital of the future” vision in the media promoting science to all ages. I have given several high profile presentations and have showcased our research to various health and science ministers and consistently engages with public, schools, government and industry. I hope to promote the potential of biofabrication as a key player in the future of regenerative medicine, into the public’s consciousness. This is especially important when we consider the millions of people suffering tissue loss through trauma, cancer and congenital defects every year; our technology aims to restore functionality to these patients, improving their quality of life. My group’s “hospital of the future”vision sees a 3d printer present in every operating theater in the world to provide customised, on the spot anatomically precise scaffolds to treat defected tissues. I am actively working towards this vision via the leadership and establishment of the world’s first Biofabrication institute.
Keynotes and invited presenations
2016 | KEYNOTE PRESENTATION |Brisbane City Council Brisbane Innovate, Brisbane Disruptive Technology and the Hospital of the Future
2016 | KEYNOTE PRESENTATION| Flux, Sydney Disruptive Technology and the Hospital of the Future
2016 | KEYNOTE PRESENTATION | Australian Society for Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy, Brisbane Innovations in 3D printing for medicine
2016 | KEYNOTE PRESENTATION | Australian Defence Force Medical Reserves , Melbourne 3D printing in medicine
2016 | PLENARY DINNER PRESENTATION | Australian Spine Society Conference, Melbourne Biofabrication in Orthopaedics
2016 | PRESENTATION | American Orthopaedic Research Association Conference, Florida Biofabrication Innovations in Orthopaedics
2015 | PRESENTATION | Australian Orthopaedic Association Conference, Brisbane Biofabrication in Orthopaedics
2015 | KEYNOTE SPEAKER | Women in Technology 3D Printing Showcase A/Prof Woodruff inspired an audience of ~200 women in technology, academic researchers and students by showcasing the possibilities for both 3D printing in medicine and successful careers for women in STEM disciplines.
2015 | PLENARY SPEAKER | UQ Early Career Researcher Forum 3D Printing in Medicine
2015 | KEYNOTE SPEAKER | QUT Office Professionals Network Group event ‘Absolutely Biofabulous’, hosted by QUT VC Prof Peter Coldrake and The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO, A/Prof Mia Woodruff presented her revolutionary Biofabrication research to 120 office professionals
2015 | SPEAKER | Advanced Queensland Forum 3D Printing in Medicine 5 Minute Pitch
2014 | KEYNOTE SPEAKER | Women in Technology 3D Printing Event 3D Printing Revolution for Medical Applications
2014 | SPEAKER | TEDxQUT ‘Absolutely Biofabulous’, A/Prof Mia Woodruff was invited to showcase her Biofabrication to a live audience at the annual TEDxQUT event. The YouTube video of the talk has over 1000 views.
2014 | SPEAKER | QLD Health Summer School Biofabrication: The future of regenerative medicine
2014 | PRESENTATION | Diamantina Health Partners (DHP) Inaugural Forum “Meeting of Minds” Biofabrication
2016 | NEWS | Channel 7 News | “World first: Aussie infant to be fitted with 3D printed ear” A/Prof Mia Woodruff discusses her new collaboration with Hear&Say and Advance Queensland.
2016 | NEWS | Channel 10 News | “You heard right” A/Prof Mia Woodruff discusses her new collaboration with Hear&Say and Advance Queensland.
2016 | NEWS | Sydney Morning Herald | “3D printed ear will help little Maia hear” A/Prof Mia Woodruff discusses her new collaboration with Hear&Say and Advance Queensland.
2016 | NEWS | ABC News | “3D-printed ears with hearing aids a cheap and easy fit for child patients” A/Prof Mia Woodruff discusses her new collaboration with Hear&Say and Advance Queensland.
2016 | NEWS | Brisbane Times | “3D Printed ear will help little Maia hear” A/Prof Mia Woodruff discusses her new collaboration with Hear&Say and Advance Queensland.
2016 | NEWS | The Australian | “Infant to be fitted with 3D printed ear” A/Prof Mia Woodruff discusses her new collaboration with Hear&Say and Advance Queensland.
2016 | BROCHURE | QUT Promotional Brochure | “A Guide to Postgraduate Study in 2016” Brochure encouraging international students to undertake postgraduate study at QUT.
2016 | RADIO INTERVIEW | ABC Future Tense program | “Biofabricating Organs”
2016 | RADIO INTERVIEW | ABC ‘Speaking Out’ Podcast Series | “3D Printing in Medicine”
2015 | ONLINE TV ADVERTS | Advance Queensland Advertising | “Imagine a world with 3D printed body tissue” A/Prof Mia Woodruff’s research was showcased in the QLD Gov’s Advance Queensland advertising campaign.
2015 | ONLINE VIDEO | Federal Minister Wyatt Roy: Innovation Media Release| “#ideasboom – Mia Woodruff” QUT Biofabrication Research and the future of innovation in Australia with the Federal Minister for Innovation.
2015 | TV PROGRAM | SCOPE S3 E66 | “3D Printing in Medicine” Aimed at 8-14 year olds, SCOPE’s mission is to “demystify the world of science and technology, and make it relevant, accessible and above all fascinating to a young audience”.
2015 | TV PROGRAM | SCOPE S3 E92 | “3D Printing in Medicine” As one of the producer’s favourite segments of the year, an update on QUT Biofabrication research was shown.
2014 | TV PROGRAM | SBS2 The Feed | “Biofabrication: 3D Printing Human Parts” This documentary provides an insight into A/Prof Mia Woodruff’s ground-breaking research..
2014 | NEWS | Channel 10 News | “3D Printed Body Parts” Showcase from the PA Hospital Foundation Lunch 2014
2014 | NEWS | Channel 10 News | “QUT Biofabrication masters degree launch” TV Coverage of the launch of the world-first international biofabrication masters degree
2014 | NEWS | Channel 9 News | “QUT Biofabrication masters degree launch” TV Coverage of the launch of the world-first international biofabrication masters degree
2014 | NEWS | Channel 7 News | “QUT Biofabrication masters degree launch” TV Coverage of the launch of the world-first international biofabrication masters degree
2014 | NEWS | ABC News | “QUT Biofabrication masters degree launch” TV Coverage of the launch of the world-first international biofabrication masters degree
2014 | NEWS | ABC News | “Queensland researchers print three-dimensional body parts for implant, clinical trials could begin in 2015”
- Forrestal D, Klein T, Woodruff M, (2017) Challenges in engineering large customized bone constructs, Biotechnology and Bioengineering p1129-1139
- Paxton N, Powell S, Woodruff M, (2016) Biofabrication: The future of regenerative medicine, Techniques in Orthopaedics p190-203
- Poh S, Hutmacher D, Holzapfel B, Solanki A, Stevens M, Woodruff M, (2016) In vitro and in vivo bone formation potential of surface calcium phosphate-coated polycaprolactone and polycaprolactone/bioactive glass composite scaffolds, Acta Biomaterialia p319-333
- Ren J, Blackwood K, Doustgani A, Poh S, Steck R, Stevens M, Woodruff M, (2014) Melt-electrospun polycaprolactone-strontium substituted bioactive glass scaffolds for bone regeneration, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research - Part A p3140-3153
- Berner A, Reichert J, Woodruff M, Saifzadeh S, Morris A, Epari D, Nerlich M, Schuetz M, Hutmacher D, (2013) Autologous vs. allogenic mesenchymal progenitor cells for the reconstruction of critical-sized segmental tibial bone defects in aged sheep, Acta Biomaterialia p7874-7884
- Poh S, Hutmacher D, Stevens M, Woodruff M, (2013) Fabrication and in vitro characterization of bioactive glass composite scaffolds for bone regeneration, Biofabrication p1-12
- Woodruff M, Lange C, Chen F, Fratzl P, Hutmacher D, (2013) Nano- to macroscale remodeling of functional tissue-engineered bone, Advanced healthcare materials p546-551
- Woodruff M, Lange C, Reichert J, Berner A, Chen F, Fratzl P, Schantz J, Hutmacher D, (2012) Bone tissue engineering: from bench to bedside - Review article, Materials Today p430-435
- Bock N, Dargaville T, Woodruff M, (2012) Electrospraying of polymers with therapeutic molecules: State of the art, Progress in Polymer Science p1510-1551
- Woodruff M, Hutmacher D, (2010) The return of a forgotten polymer - polycaprolactone in the 21st century, Progress in Polymer Science p1217-1256
For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.
Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)
- Bone Tissue Engineering using Innovative Tubular Dual-layered Nanofiber Meshes
- Primary fund type
- CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
- Project ID
- Start year
- Regenerative Medicine; Scaffolds; Tissue Engineering
- Advanced 3D Biofabrication Approaches for the Treatment of Microtia
PhD, Principal Supervisor
Other supervisors: Dr Sean Powell
- Multi Material, Multi Scale Biofabrication Approaches
PhD, Principal Supervisor
Other supervisors: Distinguished Professor Dietmar W Hutmacher
- Addictive Manufacturing Patient-Specific Porous High-Density Polyethylene Surgical Implants
PhD, Principal Supervisor
Other supervisors: Distinguished Professor Dietmar W Hutmacher, Dr Edward Ren
- The Development of Strontium-Substituted Bioactive Glass Composite Scaffolds for Patient- Specific Bone Repair
Masters by Research, Principal Supervisor
Other supervisors: Adjunct Associate Professor Jos Malda, Distinguished Professor Dietmar W Hutmacher, Dr Edward Ren
- Fabrication of Transparent Facemasks for Treating Burns: A Comparison of Traditional and 3D Printing Approcaches
MPhil, Principal Supervisor
Other supervisors: Dr Sean Powell
Completed supervisions (Doctorate)
- Development of Melt Electrospun Composite Scaffolds for Bone Regeneration (2017)
- Design and Characterisation of Scaffolds for Osteochondral Regeneration (2015)
- Delivery of Therapeutic Molecules Using Electrosprayed Polymeric Particles for Applications in Tissue Engineering (2014)
- In Vitro and In Vivo Assessment of Bioactive Composite Scaffolds Fabricated via Additive Manufacturing Technology (2014)