Dr Amelia Zhang

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Overview

Dr Meili (Amelia) Zhang is currently a postdoctoral Research Fellow with University of Queensland (UQ) and Critical Care Research Group (CCRG) at The Prince Charles Hospital (TPCH) Foundation. She obtained her bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2007 and then PhD degree in Materials Science and Engineering in 2012. Her PhD research area was silicate bioceramics for bone tissue regeneration. After her PhD study, she worked in industry (Unilever R&D) on biomaterials for teeth remineralization for 7 years. During her PhD study, she had a total of 14 publications and 7 as the 1st author with an H-index of 13 in Scopus. In 2019, she went back to academia and started her postdoctoral Research Fellowship with UQ and CCRG. Her current research area is biomaterials for mechanical circulatory support (MCS) devices including ventricular assist devices (VADs) and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).

Research Interests

  • Haemocompatible surface coatings for blood contact medical devices
    Blood compatibility has always been an issue for blood contact medical devices. When blood contacts with foreign material surfaces, a series of reactions occur: plasma protein adsorption, coagulation and complement activation, platelet and leukocytes aggregation, which can ultimately lead to thrombus formation. I am interested in surface modification to improve blood compatibility by building surfaces which can reduce the non-specific protein adsorption.
  • Silicate bioceramics for bone tissue engineering
    Silicate bioceramics have apatite formation ability in simulated body fluid, which can form chemical bond with natural bone. The ions like Si, Mg, Zn, Sr depending on the composition released from silicate bioceramics have the effect of stimulating bone marrow stem cells proliferation and osteogenic differentiation. I am interested in developing silicate bioceramics with the capacity to stimulate bone regeneration.
  • Biomaterials for teeth remineralization
    Enamel erosion, caries and dentine hyposensitivity are common dental problems because of teeth demineralization. Carbonated drinks, intrinsic acids (usually from stomach acid) and acids from bacteria in the dental plaque cause demineralization. I am interested in applying materials, which have apatite forming ability, onto teeth surface for remineralization, like calcium silicate, calcium phosphate.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of the Chinese Academy of Science

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