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Lab Members

Name Research Area Email
Assoc Prof Tom Franz
Principal Investigator
Cell and tissue mechanobiology
Dr Mazin Sirry
Honorary Research Associate
Myocardial infarction therapies
Kevin Sack
Postdoctoral Researcher
Efficacy prediction of biomaterial injection therapies for myocardial infarction
Dr Tamer Abdalrahman
Postdoctoral Researcher
Modelling of cellular, subcellular and pericellular mechanics
Absalom Maluleke
PhD student
Dispersion of biomaterials in infarcted myocardium during therapeutic delivery
Chimwemwe Msosa
PhD student
Mechanics of parasite-cell interactions
Dodzi Motchon
PhD student
Cellular and peri-cellular mechanics in therapeutic intra-myocardial biomaterial injectates
Elizabeth Kruse
PhD student
Mechanics of virions and virion-cell interactions
John Nchejane
PhD student
Effect of therapeutic intra-myocardial biomaterial injectates on structure and morphology of an infarct scar
Julie Kohn
PhD student (visiting)
Computational modelling of endothelial cell mechanics related to arterial stiffening
Juliet Nagawa
PhD student
Clinically-based modelling of ventricular and infarct mechanics to assess patient-specific treatment response
Riham Ahmed
PhD student
Mathematical modelling of growth-factor induced cell migration in 3D engineered matrices
Ghodeejah Higgins
MSc student
Microfluidic assessment of cell stiffness in cancer drug resistance
Jerry Sam
MSc student
Development of a device for multi-modal mechanical manipulation of cells in 2D and 3D engineering environments
Nicolas Mandel
MSc student (visiting)
Cell mechanics in fibrous epicardial patches for treatment of myocardial infarction
Rochelle Smith
MSc student
Mechanics of cancer cells as an indicator for drug resistance
Thabang Matseke
MSc student
Mechanobiology of viral infections

Associates & Co-investigators

Name Research Area
Assoc Prof Deon Bezuidenhout Biomaterials
Assoc Prof Neil Davies Cellular bioengineering
Prof Delawir Kahn Surgery
Assoc Prof Georges Limbert Tissue mechanics
Prof Ernesta Meintjes Magnetic resonance imaging
Prof Daya Reddy Computational mechanics
Dr Malebogo Ngoepe Computational biofluid mechanics
Dr Philippe Selhorst Virology