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Dr Roland Steck
MERF Operations Manager
Academic Division,
Research Portfolio,
Office of the PVC, Research Infrastructure
IHBI Member
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Directorate Office
Discipline *
Biomedical Engineering, Other Medical and Health Sciences
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PhD (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Zurich))

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Swiss Society for Biomedical Engineering (SGBT)
  • European Society of Biomechanics (ESB)
  • Australian and New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society (ANZORS)

animal models, biomechanical testing, bone, fracture healing, microCT, orthopaedic biomechanics, soft tissue trauma

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Broad area of research focus: Orthopaedics and Trauma   Main areas of research

  • Animal models for musculoskeletal research
  • microCT imaging and evaluation
  • Mechanical testing of musculoskeletal tissues and implants


  • 2016: ARC LIEF, A high-resolution X-ray microtomography system for Southeast Queensland
  • 2014-2015: AO Research Foundation, Switzerland, Architecturally-controlled synthetic bone substitutes for bone regeneration under load
  • 2014: The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation. Design and construction of a sheep elevator.
  • 2014: The Australasian Hyperbaric and Diving Medicine Research Trust: The effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy on inflammation, fibrosis and angiogenesis following contusion injury in skeletal muscle
  • 2010-2011: AO Research Foundation, Switzerland: Role of mechanical stability in metaphyseal fracture healing in mice
  • 2007: Wesley Research Institute, Brisbane, Australia: Prevention of bacterial bone infections in mice with implant coatings for delivery of antibiotics, demonstrated by in vivo biophotonic imaging
  • 2006: Wesley Research Institute, Brisbane, Australia: Development of slow release surface coatings for orthopaedic implants for prevention and treatment against bacterial infections.

Previous research student projects

  • Mechanical characterisation of rat ulna compression model
  • Characterisation of mouse fracture fixation implants using finite element modeling and mechanical testing
  • Assessment of mouse fracture healing with mechanical testing, histology and microCT imaging
  • Influence of surgical approach on bone fracture healing
  • Characterisation of vascular changes after soft tissue trauma using contrast-enhanced microCT

Career history

  • 2017 – present: Operations Manager, MERF, IHBI, QUT
  • 2011 – 2017: Deputy Director, MERF, IHBI, QUT
  • 2005 – 2013: Senior Research Fellow, Trauma Research Group, IHBI, QUT
  • 2001 – 2005: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, OH, USA.
This information has been contributed by Dr Roland Steck.


Former unit coordinator for ENB338 Biomaterials and lecturing in ENB338, ENB 318 and EGH438.

This information has been contributed by Dr Roland Steck.


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Inter-Fragmentary Movement In Callus Formation In The Early Phase Of Fracture Healing
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CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
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mathematical modelling;fracture healing
Bioactive and biodegradable scaffold and novel graft source for the repair of large segmental bone defects
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
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