Associate Professor Andrew Taberner

MSc(Tech), PhD Waik.

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Associate Professor
Associate Professor

Biography

Andrew Taberner is a graduate of the University of Waikato, where he studied and lectured in Physics and Electronic Engineering before joining the University of Auckland as a Post-doctoral Fellow in 1999.

In 2002, Andrew joined the BioInstrumentation Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, USA, as a post-doc and subsequently as a Research Scientist.

After six years at MIT developing instrumentation for muscle research, drug discovery and drug delivery, Andrew returned in 2008 to the University of Auckland, where he is an Associate Professor with the Auckland Bioengineering Institute and the Department of Engineering Science.

Andrew enjoys teaching the principles and methods of instrumentation and measurement within the BE(Hons) in Biomedical Engineering degree programme and leading a team of post-graduate students in the ABI Bioinstrumentation Laboratory in novel instrumentation design, construction and development.

Research | Current

Andrew develops medical devices, scientific instruments, and measurement/control systems, for answering questions and meeting needs in muscle research, soft-tissue mechanics, tissue imaging and drug delivery.

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Funding

Andrew's research is supported by funding gratefully received from:

   Portal Instruments 
and the Health Research Council of NZ.

Teaching | Current

BIOMENG.341: Bioinstrumentation and Design
BIOMENG791: Advanced Biomedical Engineering Design
ENGSCI.700: Part IV (Honours) project

Postgraduate supervision

Principal Supervisor

PhD

  • Nari Kim, Multi-scale Electromechanics of the Heart
  • James McKeage, High-volume jet-injection
  • Kieran BrennanReal-time fluid penetration imaging for needle-free jet-injection
  • Bahareh Madadkhahsalmassi: Just-in-time glucose sensing for a jet-injector based diabetes management system
  • Jiali XuNeedle-free blood extraction for insulin therapy using a controllable jet injector
  • Jarrah Dowrick: The transient dynamic performance of cardiac muscle during interventions
  • Amy Garrett, Reconciling the energetic performance of hearts and their trabeculae
  • Emily Lam Po Tang, Efficient experimentation of cardiac myocytes​

Co-Supervisor

PhD

  • Sam Richardson, Development of an optical coherence tomography based skin cancer diagnostic tool
  • Amir HajiRassouliha, Hardware acceleration of cross-correlation-based identification of surface geometry of deformable bodies
  • Toan Pham, The causes of cardiac dysfunction associated with cardiac hypertrophy
  • Melissa DavidsonInvestigation of the change in pelvic floor muscle stiffness during pregnancy
  • Alex DixonNon-destructive estimation of mechanical properties of biological membranes​
  • Nick Do, Linear synchronous motors for needle-free jet injection​
  • Soroosh Haji HosseinnejadHigh stroke-to-length ratio direct-drive electromagnetic actuators for upper limb rehabilitation robots

ME

  • Michael Seow: Soft pneumatic transducer with force sensing and integrated 6-axis position/rotation sensing
  • Hayden Randles: Soft hydraulic transducer arrays for controlled support and positioning of applied loads

Completed

PhD

  • Matthew Parker (2017) Model-based identification of the mechanical properties of living skin (Co-supervisor)
  • Nikini Puhulwelle Gamage (2017) Model-based prediction of brain injury associated with shaken baby syndrome (Co-supervisor)
  • Ming Cheuk, (2017) Volumetric Characterisation of Contracting Cardiac Trabeculae (Principal-supervisor)
  • Alex Anderson (2016) The Cardiac Myometer: Measuring Matters of the Heart.​ (Principal-supervisor)
  • Rhys Williams, (2015) Developing a Needle-free Jet Injector for Viscous Fluids (Principal-supervisor)
  • Adam Reeve, (2014), The mechanics of vascularised tissue (Co-supervisor)
  • Callum Johnston (2014), A highly sensitive cardiac muscle microcalorimeter (Principal-supervisor)
  • Tom Lintern (2013), Investigation into soft tissue damage to an infant’s brain during head shaking associated with child abuse (Co-supervisor)
  • Casey Jowers (2013), Tools for Neuroscience: Developing Devices to Study Brain Injury and Disease (Co-supervisor)
  • David Russell (2012), Implantable biomedical microsystems and sensors (Co-supervisor)

ME

  • Sam Chang, (2017) Development of a Probe for Measuring Pelvic Floor Stiffness (Co-supervisor)
  • Amy Garrett, (2017) The energy efficiency of realistically-loaded working cardiac trabeculae (Principal supervisor)
  • Riaz Uddin, (2016) A calorimeter for measuring the heat production of biopsied skeletal muscle (Principal supervisor)
  • Nick Do, (2016, Converted to PhD) Electronic control system for large-volume jet injector (Principal supervisor)
  • Helen Li, (2015): Automated blood extraction and drug delivery (Principal supervisor)
  • Alex Dixon (2015): Pericardial Polarimetry (Principal supervisor)
  • Mihailo Azhar (2012): Tracking 3D surface deformation using multiple cameras (Co-supervisor)
  • Paul Roberts (2011; converted to PhD), Evaluating Cardiac Function during Exercise using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Co-supervisor)
  • Matt Parker (2011), A Multicamera Thermal Stereoscope (Co-supervisor)
  • Carlos Lopez-Muedano (2010): Optical system for inexpensive disease diagnosis (Principal supervisor)
  • Casey Jowers (2009; converted to PhD), The Cell Gym  (Co-supervisor)
  • Nishan Peiris (2009), An Instrument to Measure Forces and Torques during Skiing (Co-supervisor)
  • Darren Alvares (2009), A 3D Strain Measurement System for Soft Material (Co-supervisor)

Distinctions/Honours

2017: Senior Member, IEEE
          The "best paper" award: IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference 2017
2016: Faculty of Engineering Top Teacher Award
          Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society.
2015: Faculty of Engineering Top Teacher Award
          RSNZ Marsden Fund award (AI on Faststart grant)
          Staff Recognition Award, University of Auckland
2014: Faculty of Engineering Top Teacher Award
          Winner, NZ Innovators Award: Innovation Excellence in Research
          Highly commended, NZ Innovators Award: Innovation in Health and Science
          Finalist, NZ Innovators Awards, Innovator of the year.
2013: Visiting Professor, MIT (Boston)
2011: Faculty of Engineering Top Teacher Award
          RSNZ Marsden Fund award (PI on Full grant)
2009-2012: Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Liggins Institute
2002-2008: Research Fellow, Research Scientist, MIT (Boston)
2002-2005: FRST Post Doctoral Fellowship Award, Post Doctoral Associate, MIT (Boston)
1999-2001: RSNZ Marsden Post Doctoral Fellow
1994-1997: University of Waikato Postgraduate Scholarship

Responsibilities

  • Principal Investigator, Bioinstrumentation, Auckland Bioengineering Institute
  • Co-director, ABI Bioinstrumentation Laboratory
  • Associate Director, Performance-Based Research Funding, Auckland Bioengineering Institute
  • Principal Investigator and Technology Platform Leader, Medical Technologies Centre of Research Excellence
  • Research Team Leader, NSC10 Spearhead project: Medical Technology: Home and Community Care ​

Areas of expertise

  • Instrumentation and Measurement
  • Bioinstrumentation and Bioengineering
  • Measurement and control at the tissue:machine interface
  • Mechatronics and robotics

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Secretary, Vice President, IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society, New Zealand Chapter
Editor, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Pulse Magazine
Member, ABI Executive and Budget Committees
Member, Physiological Society of NZ
Member, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology
Member, IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society
Member, Technical Program Committee, ICST conference, 2011-2015
Committee Chair, 2014 Workshop of the IEEE I&M Society NZ Chapter 

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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Primary location

UNISERVICES HOUSE - Bldg 439
Level 5, Room 513
70 SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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