Dr Harvey Ho


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Senior Research Fellow


Dr Ho graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering with Distinction from the South China University of Technology, a Master of Science with First Class Honours in Computer Science and a Doctor of Philosophy in Bioengineering from the University of Auckland.

His research interests include mathematical modelling for physiological flows, physiologically based pharmacokinetics (PBPK) modelling, 3D visualisation of bio-structures, medical image computing and surgical simulations. He is the first or corresponding author of ~40 peer-reviewed international journal papers/book chapters, including the top journals in his field (e.g., IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering).

Dr Ho is either the principal investigator or the key researcher in multiple multi-disciplinary projects. He was the manager of the Lamb Carcass Modelling project (2013-2015) commissioned by Silver Fern Farms, New Zealand's largest meat processing company. Currently he is leading a National Science Challenge project "Womb with a view" for which he and his collaborators are developing an anatomically accurate fetus model and using it for the study of drug clearance from fetus.

He has supervised more than 20 biomedical engineering projects at the postgraduate and senior undergraduate level.

Research | Current

Dr Ho is the Principle Investigator for the following research projects:

  • "In silico modelling for the effects of maternal smoking on fetuses" (2019-2021): $100k
  • "Womb with a view": Software connecting pregnant women and fetus (2017-2019): $200k
  • Augmented Reality aided liver ablation (2017-2019): $100k
  • Bridging MedTech CoRE (NZ) and Computational Anatomy (Japan) through Abdominal Organ Modelling (2016-2018): $80k
  • Projects with Tobacco Control Research Tūranga (2014-2016): $140k
  • Fundamental re-design of catheters for draining complex collections (2015-2016): $32k

He has also been a co-investigator in medical/agricultural research projects/programme funded by HRC (Public Health, UoA, 2019-2022), MBIE Research Programme (AgResearch, 2016-2019), MBIE Smart Idea (Dept of Surgery, UoA, 2016-2018), and the Norwegian Research Council (Norsvin, 2018-2021). 

He is currently  leading a group of students working on computational models for the virtual liver and the virtual fetus. Specifically we study the hepatic and fetal circulation, drug metabolism & clearance (in particular acetaminophen and nicotine). 

Dr Ho holds grants that can support short term research projects in the biomedical and agricultural domain. If you are interested in working in these areas, please contact Dr Ho for further details of the projects.

Teaching | Current

ENGSCI753 "Computational Methods for Continuum Mechanics"

Postgraduate supervision

Zhe Yang, PhD, 2018- 

Renfei Ma, PhD, 2015- (co-supervisor)

Hao Bo Yu, ME, 2016-2017

Tay Wee Kiat (Victoria U. of Wellington), ME, 2016-2017 (co-supervisor)

Aurélien Bourgais (Arts et Métiers ParisTech), ME, 2015 (co-supervisor)

Armond Patoir (Arts et Métiers ParisTech), ME, 2014 (co-supervisor)



  • Supervision of postgraduate and senior undergraduate students

Areas of expertise

  • Computational/mathematical modelling for cerebral and hepatic circulations
  • Physiologically base pharmacokinectics (PBPK) modelling
  • Computer aided hepatic surgery
  • Medical Information system design and implementation
  • 3D graphics & software engineering (Python, VB, Matlab, C++)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Shi, C., Yu, Z., Ho, H., Wang, J., Wu, W., Xing, M., ... Han, R. (2020). Occurrence, Antimicrobial Resistance Patterns, and Genetic Characterization of Staphylococcus aureus Isolated from Raw Milk in the Dairy Farms over Two Seasons in China. MICROBIAL DRUG RESISTANCE10.1089/mdr.2019.0358
  • Zhang, S., Zhang, E., & Ho, H. (2020). Extrapolation for a pharmacokinetic model for acetaminophen from adults to neonates: A Latin Hypercube Sampling analysis. Drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics, 35 (3), 329-333. 10.1016/j.dmpk.2020.03.004
  • Li, Y., Feng, T., Sun, J., Guo, L., Wang, B., Huang, M., ... Ho, H. (2020). Physicochemical and microstructural attributes of marinated chicken breast influenced by breathing ultrasonic tumbling. Ultrasonics sonochemistry, 6410.1016/j.ultsonch.2020.105022
  • Ho, H., Dahmen, U., & Hunter, P. (2020). An in silico rat liver atlas. Computer methods in biomechanics and biomedical engineering, 1-4. 10.1080/10255842.2020.1754404
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Hunter
  • Ho, H., Yu, H. B., Bartlett, A., & Hunter, P. (2020). An in silico pipeline for subject-specific hemodynamics analysis in liver surgery planning. Computer methods in biomechanics and biomedical engineering, 23 (4), 138-142. 10.1080/10255842.2019.1708335
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Hunter
  • Means, S., Ali, M. A., Ho, H., & Heffernan, J. (2020). Mathematical Modeling for Hepatitis B Virus: Would Spatial Effects Play a Role and How to Model It?. FRONTIERS IN PHYSIOLOGY, 1110.3389/fphys.2020.00146
  • Ho, H., Guo, H., Means, S., Tang, J., & Hunter, P. (2020). Maternal Smoking Induced Cardiovascular Risks in Fetuses: How Can in silico Models Help?. FRONTIERS IN BIOENGINEERING AND BIOTECHNOLOGY, 810.3389/fbioe.2020.00097
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/50309
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Hunter
  • Baker, N., Clarke, R., & Ho, H. (2020). A coupled 1D and transmission line model for arterial flow simulation. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering10.1002/cnm.3327
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Richard Clarke


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 8, Room 801
New Zealand

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