Dr Mahyar Osanlouy

BSc Physiology, BSc (Hons) Medical Science, GradDipSci Computer Science, PhD Bioengineering

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Software Developer


Mahyar completed his doctoral research in 2017 at the Lungs and Respiratory System Laboratory of the University’s Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI). He was the recipient of the doctoral scholarship from the School of Medicine Foundation of the University. He first joined the Institute in 2012 as a Research Intern working for the Millar Inc. The former biomedical researcher began his career in bioengineering in 2013, building statistical shape models of the human lung to develop a computer tool for evaluation of lung shape and function. 

In February 2017, Mahyar was awarded the EM Steer & IM Booth Fund to work as a Research Scientist at the Institute towards a Postdoctoral fellowship. In March 2018, he took up a position at Soul Machines as a Research Engineer, developing neural network models for realistic human motion generation. 

Mahyar is now working at the ABI as a Research Software Engineer for the SPARC project funded by the US National Institutes of Health, as well as a Research Scientist for the Virtual Brain Project.

Research | Current

Stimulating Peripheral Activity to Relieve Conditions (SPARC)

The NIH Common Fund’s Stimulating Peripheral Activity to Relieve Conditions (SPARC) aims to transform our understanding of nerve-organ interactions and ultimately advance the neuromodulation field toward precise treatment of diseases and conditions for which conventional therapies fall short. The ABI’s MAP CORE is one of three COREs in the SPARC Data and Resource Center which aims to provide tools and services to enable the SPARC awardees to collaborate effectively and efficiently across all organ systems regardless of global location. The MAP CORE is responsible for enabling the development, curation, and sharing of anatomical and functional maps describing the nerve-organ interactions. We are contributing to the development of computational tools which make use of generic anatomical and functional scaffolds to bring all data collected across the SPARC consortium into a single cohesive framework for integrative analysis and visualisation.


Research group

Sotware Develepment Team

Virtual Brain Project


Doctoral program - completed, December 2017

Mahyar's PhD thesis is titled: "Statistical Shape Analysis to Quantify Lung Structure-Function Relationships over the Adult Lifespan".

PhD Supervisors

Research group

Lungs and Respiratory System


  • Winner of BIRU Image Competition's Visualisation and Analysis Award - Nov 2017
  • EM Steer and IM Booth Fund Fellowship - Feb 207
  • Winner of SPARK Ideas Challenge Commercial Prize - May 2015
  • Evelyn May Steer Estate Award - Oct 2013

Areas of expertise

  • Bioengineering Simulations
  • Computer Vision and Image Processing
  • Machine Learning and Artifiical Intelligence
  • Embodied Cognition
  • Computational Neuroscience

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Osanlouy, M. (2018). Statistical Shape Analysis to Quantify Lung Structure-Function Relationships over the Adult Lifespan The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
  • Osanlouy, M., Tawhai, M., Kumar, H., Clark, A., & Hoffman, E. (2015). QUANTIFYING AGE-RELATED CHANGES IN PULMONARY LOBAR GEOMETRY. Paper presented at Thoracic Society Australia New Zealand Australian New Zealand Society Respiratory Science Annual Scientific Meeting 2015, Queensland, AUSTRALIA. 27 March - 1 April 2015. RESPIROLOGY. (pp. 1).
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Merryn Tawhai, Haribalan Kumar, Alys Clark
  • Osanlouy, M., Kumar, H., Clark, A. R., Malcolm, D. T. K., Hoffman, E. A., & Tawhai, M. H. (2014). Quantifying the difference in lung shape at FRC between normal old and young subjects. Paper presented at American Thoracic Society 2014 International Conference, San Diego, California, USA. 16 May - 21 May 2014. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/44384
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Haribalan Kumar, Merryn Tawhai


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 7, Room 721
New Zealand

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