Mr Yi-Han Wu

BE(Hons) - Materials and Processing Engineering

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy

Research | Current

Thesis Title: Recreating the Tissue and Cell Damage after Traumatic Brain Injury In Vitro and In Silico 

  • Designing and constructing dielectric elastomer actuators (DEA), which are small devices that will be used to mechanically injure human brain cells to replicate traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the lab
  • Analysing biological changes of human brain cells after stretching them with DEAs using a myriad of biological techniques to better understand the scarring mechanism of the human brain post TBI
  • Once enough data is gathered from in vitro experiments they will be feed through machine learning and deep learning algorithms to replicate TBI digitally in computer models

Teaching | Current

ENGGEN131SC Graduate Teaching Assistant (2020)

ENGGEN131SC Teaching Assistant (2019)

ENGSCI211/213 Teaching Assistant (2019)

ENGGEN140 Teaching Assistant (2019)

Postgraduate supervision

Main Supervisor: Dr. Vickie Shim

Co-Supervisors: Dr. Samuel Rossett & Dr. Thomas Park

Advisors: Prof. Michael Dragunow


  • UoA Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences HealtheX Conference 3 Minute Elevator Pitch Winner 2020
  • University of Auckland 3 Minute Thesis Competition Doctoral Winner 2019
  • University of Auckland 3 Minute Thesis Competition People's Choice Award Winner 2019
  • Asia Pacific 3 Minute Thesis Competition Finalist 2019

Areas of expertise

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
  • Dielectric Elastomer Actuators (DEA)
  • Neuroinflammation
  • Perivascular Brain Cells (Pericytes)
  • Fibrotic Scarring


Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Matai Research Centre Opening Day and A&P Show Volunteer 2020
  • Invited University of Auckland 3 Minute Thesis Finals Judge 2020
  • Presenter of People's Choice Award at 3 Minute Thesis Finals 2020
  • National Biomechanics Day Volunteer 2019
  • Invited Postgraduate Induction Day Student Panelist 2019 (x3) 
  • Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI) Guest Speaker 2019
  • The University of Auckland Society Christmas function Guest Speaker 2019
  • National Biomechanics Day Volunteer 2018

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 8, Room 801
New Zealand

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