Associate Professor Ashvin Thambyah

BSc, MSc, PhD, PGCertAcadPrac

Biography

Dr Ashvin Thambyah joined the University of Auckland as a lecturer in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering in 2007. Before joining the University, he was employed as a research engineer at the Faculty of Medicine in the National University of Singapore. There he worked closely with orthopaedic surgeons on various aspects of musculoskeletal research and contributed to many clinical projects involving bone and joint disease and pathology.

Ashvin is a recipient of the Albert Trillat Young Investigator Award, presented by the International Knee Society, for his research on knee joint cartilage. His current research is concerned with linking physiologically-relevant macro-level joint mechanics to the microstructural and micromechanical response of the cartilage/bone system. The aim is to provide new insights into the way by which the tissue microstructure and the external load bearing conditions, together, influence the overall mechanobiology of the joint. The downstream application of this research will be to improve our knowledge and understanding of the mechanical factors involved in the joint degenerative process.
 

Qualifications

Postgraduate Diploma in Academic Practice, The University of Auckland, Auckland 2010
PhD (Orthopaedic Biomechanics), 2005 National University of Singapore, Singapore
MSc (Engineering and Physical Science in Medicine), D.I.C. , 1994 Imperial College, London
BSc (Biomedical Engineering), 1992 Marquette University, Milwaukee (USA)

 

Research | Current

  • Mechanical factors of osteoarthritis.
  • Physiologically-relevant models of joint and tissue loading.
  • Mechanobiology of musculoskeletal tissues.
     

Research groups

  • Biological Materials Research
  • Mechanobiology Research Group

Teaching | Current

  • CHEMMAT 213 - Transfer Processes I - also Course Director
  • CHEMMAT 232 - Process Design I - also Course Director
  • CHEMMAT 751 - Research Project - also Course Director
  • CHEMMAT 753 - Non-Metallic Materials - also Course Director

Distinctions/Honours

TEACHING

Teaching Award, Top 15 in Faculty, School of Engineering, University of Auckland (2015)
Teaching Award, Top 15 in Faculty, School of Engineering, University of Auckland (2013)
Faculty of Engineering Award: Early Career Teaching Excellence Award (2010)
Teaching Award, Top 15 in Faculty, School of Engineering, University of Auckland (2010)
Teaching Award, Top 15 in Faculty, School of Engineering, University of Auckland. (2009)
Awarded the Centre for Academic Development Faculty Fellowship in Academic Practice. (2008)
Teaching Award, Top 15 in Faculty, School of Engineering, The University of Auckland. (2007)

RESEARCH

International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS) Prize in basic science for 2016
Spine Society of Australia - Research Prize (2014)
Outstanding Paper - Basic Science - Awarded by the North American Spine Society (2014)
Awarded a Marsden Grant (2011)
The University of Auckland Early Career Research Excellence Award. (2010)
Albert Trillat Young Investigator's Award, 2005. Presented by The International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, in Florida, USA, April 2005
Awarded the Lottery Health Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship (2005)

 

Responsibilities

Faculty Human Ethics Research Advisor

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Professional affiliations

  • Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (since 1996)
  • Member, Orthopaedic Research Society, USA (since 2006)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Zhao, L., Lee, P. V. S., Ackland, D. C., Broom, N. D., & Thambyah, A. (2017). Microstructure Variations in the Soft-Hard Tissue Junction of the Human Anterior Cruciate Ligament. Anatomical record (Hoboken, N.J. : 2007), 300 (9), 1547-1559. 10.1002/ar.23608
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Neil Broom
  • Shan, Z., Wade, K. R., Schollum, M. L., Robertson, P. A., Thambyah, A., & Broom, N. D. (2017). A more realistic disc herniation model incorporating compression, flexion and facet-constrained shear: a mechanical and microstructural analysis. Part II: high rate or 'surprise' loading. European spine journal : official publication of the European Spine Society, the European Spinal Deformity Society, and the European Section of the Cervical Spine Research Society10.1007/s00586-017-5253-x
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Meredith Schollum, Neil Broom
  • Wade, K. R., Schollum, M. L., Robertson, P. A., Thambyah, A., & Broom, N. D. (2017). A more realistic disc herniation model incorporating compression, flexion and facet-constrained shear: a mechanical and microstructural analysis. Part I: Low rate loading. European spine journal : official publication of the European Spine Society, the European Spinal Deformity Society, and the European Section of the Cervical Spine Research Society10.1007/s00586-017-5252-y
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Meredith Schollum, Neil Broom
  • Nickien, M., Thambyah, A., & Broom, N. D. (2017). How a decreased fibrillar interconnectivity influences stiffness and swelling properties during early cartilage degeneration. Journal of the mechanical behavior of biomedical materials, 75, 390-398. 10.1016/j.jmbbm.2017.07.042
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Neil Broom
  • van Heeswijk, V. M., Thambyah, A., Robertson, P. A., & Broom, N. D. (2017). Does an Annular Puncture Influence the Herniation Path? An In Vitro Mechanical and Structural Investigation. Spine10.1097/brs.0000000000002336
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Neil Broom
  • Schollum, M. L., Wade, K. R., Robertson, P. A., Thambyah, A., & Broom, N. D. (2017). A microstructural investigation of disc disruption induced by low frequency cyclic loading. Spine10.1097/brs.0000000000002278
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Neil Broom, Meredith Schollum
  • van Heeswijk, V. M., Thambyah, A., Robertson, P. A., & Broom, N. D. (2017). Posterolateral Disc Prolapse in Flexion initiated by Lateral Inner Annular Failure: An Investigation of the Herniation Pathway. Spine10.1097/brs.0000000000002181
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Neil Broom
  • Workman, J., Thambyah, A., & Broom, N. (2017). The influence of early degenerative changes on the vulnerability of articular cartilage to impact-induced injury. Clinical biomechanics (Bristol, Avon), 43, 40-49. 10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2017.01.003
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Neil Broom

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Primary location

ENGINEERING BLOCK 1 - Bldg 401
Level 7, Room 708
20 SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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