Dr Vijay Rajagopal
Dr Vijay Rajagopal is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Melbourne. He was awarded a PhD in Bioengineering from the Auckland Bioengineering Institute, University of Auckland, NZ in 2007. Dr. Rajagopal received national and international recognition for his contributions to biomechanical modeling of the breast for computer aided tracking of breast tumours at the highly reputed international conference of the Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention Society in 2007 as well as the 2008 NZ Young Scientist of the Year Awards. He subsequently focussed his post-doctoral research training to understanding the fundamental physical and chemical mechanisms that regulate cell shape and function. He was awarded a highly competitive award by the Royal Society of New Zealand to develop new methods for computational modeling of heart cell shape, sub-cellular architecture and function. He also gained expertise in microfluidics, cell migration and cytoskeletal mechanics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology. In 2014, Dr. Rajagopal was recruited to the University of Melbourne via the Research at Melbourne Accelerator Program to develop a new research group to increase the University's activities in computational physiology and biology as well as cell mechanobiology. Dr. Rajagopal now leads the Cell Structure and Mechanobiology Group, and is a co-founder of the MSE Mechanobiology Lab in the Parkville Biomedical Precinct. By making new experimental measurements and developing innovative computational models, his group aims is to discover ways to manipulate or engineer the interplay between cell shape and the electrical, chemical and mechanical signals within to effect positive treatments for diseases of the heart, cancer metastasis and red blood cell diseases.