Funding for bio-inspired underwater robot

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Dr Lorenzo Garcia has secured $200,000 of funding in the latest round of the Science for Technological Innovation National Science Challenge to develop a proof-of-concept, novel, bio-inspired, underwater robot that can contribute to the conservation of key ocean species.

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Engineering better health


Jointly headed by co-directors Associate Professor David White (pictured) and Senior Lecturer of Biosciences Catherine Crofts, the AUT BioDesign Lab is a place of creativity and productive collaboration, across the university and directly with industry partners.

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Prosthetic fins for injured sea turtles


Researchers from the AUT BioDesign Lab have developed a prosthetic fin to rehabilitate injured sea turtles. To help injured turtles, PhD student Nick van der Geest and his supervisor Dr Lorenzo Garcia worked on four-dimensional turtle fin kinematics and the optimisation of the fin geometry to bio mimic the movement of a real fin.

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BioDesign Lab delivers new solutions


Bringing together researchers from different industries and specialisations to develop and apply new medical technologies and therapies is the focus for the AUT BioDesign Lab – but it also plays a crucial role in introducing students to new research opportunities and ways of working.

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Towards a new era of health research and patient empowerment

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"I’m not predicting that technology will replace health professionals, but it will augment them. Accurate information can help build the foundation of a true partnership in health and beyond that, optimal performance."

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Our core focus is on developing both health and wellness solutions to personalise and optimise healthcare and human performance. Learn about our research projects.

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Meet the team

The BioDesign Lab has a diverse team of engineers, designers, researchers and clinicians working across a range of projects.

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