Shaokoon Cheng

Dr

20052022
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Biography

Shaokoon is the program director of the Mechanical Engineering program (undergraduate and postgraduate) at Macquarie University. His major interest is in translational research, with particular focus on the design and development of biomedical devices and equipment for the pharmaceutical industries, and for disease monitoring and diagnosis. Shaokoon has received over $3 million of competitive national and international research funding and they include 2 NHMRC (lead CI), 2 ARC and a grant from the Food Drug Administration (FDA, USA). Two of his inventions have been awarded provisional patents and they are also the core technologies for a range of biomedical equipment currently being developed in his laboratory. Shaokoon has more than 80 peer-reviewed publications and is currently leading a team of 7 PhD students and 1 postdoctoral staff to synthesize discoveries obtained from MR imaging, microfluidics, particles fluidization experiments and computational modeling. He has been invited as organizer and invited speaker for more than 10 major international conferences in his field of research. 

 

Research interests

We are looking for bright and enthusiastic Masters or PhD students with a strong passion to find solutions to improve the quality of lives through engineering. 

BIOMECHANICS and PART (Particles And Respiratory Technology) research group

Current projects:

1. Biomechanics of inhaled drug delivery. 
2. Novel organ-on-chip devices. 
3. Fluid-structure flow interactions in biological systems. 
4. Biomedical devices. 
5. MRI. 
6. 3D printing for biological applications. 

Equipment:

1.  Stereoscopic PIV system for velocity measurement including a micro-PIV system.
2.  High Speed (10KHz) and high resolution (2um) Particle Visualization and Sizing System.
3.  High-Speed Data Acquisition (1-2MHz) and Instrument Control Capabilities.
4.  Tabletop tensile machine (MTS, exceed testing system, E42.503).
5.  Micro-tensile testing machine - SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope) compatible. 
6. Advanced additive manufacturing capabilities to develop optically accessible and highly-complex geometries for any biological organs. 
7.  In house capabilities and facilities to develop organ-on-chip devices.
8.  MR Elastography system. 
9. Optical coherence tomography system (multiple channels) with extended capabilities in flow and elastography measurements. 

Expertise: 

1. Design and development of microfluidic devices, organ-on-a-chip platform. 

2. MR Imaging - Phase Contrast MRI, MR Elastography, MR Tagging.

3. Development of optically accessible and physiologically realistic biological organs. 

4. Human and animal MR studies. Ethics applications that involved human patients and diseased animal models.

5. Computational modeling - turbulent and multi-phase flows.

6. Characterization of soft tissue rheological properties. 

TEACHING RESEARCH

My current teaching research interests are in the area of understanding students career information literacy and the development of teaching pedagogies and tools to help improve students' employability and entrepreneurial capabilities. 

Current projects:

1. Enhancing HDR students employability. 

2. Innovative learning tools to enhance product development skills.

3. Embedding effective project-based learning in an engineering curriculum. 

Teaching

I have a background and a strong passion in product design and development. 

I have developed and convened the following units and the units mark with an asterisk are the units which I am currently teaching and convening. 
1. ENGG150 - Fundamentals of Mechanical and Electronics Engineering
2. MECH203 - Engineering Design 1. (*)
Computer-aided design, a framework for decision-based engineering design, machine design and analysis. (Shigley's Mechanical Engineering Design)
3. MECH204 - Mechanics of Solids. (*)
Modes and mechanics of failure, structural analysis (Hibbeler Mechanics of Materials)
4. MECH303 - Engineering Design 2
5. MECH401 - Product Design and development - Capstone unit. (*)
Product design and development process (Ulrich and Eppinger Product Design and Development)

Community engagement

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Education/Academic qualification

Biomedical Engineering, PhD, The University of New South Wales

Mechanical Engineering, BEng, Honours Class 1, University of Sydney

External positions

Member, Australian Rheological Society

Member, Australian and New Zealand Society of Biomechanics

Member, Australian and New Zealand Society of Respiratory Science

Board of Directors, Cerebrospinal Fluid Hydrodynamics

Member, Society of Rheology

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Projects 2014 2022

Research Outputs 2005 2019

Development of an innovative technology to segment luminal borders of intravascular ultrasound image sequences in a fully automated manner

Moshfegh, A., Javadzadegan, A., Mohammadi, M., Ravipudi, L., Cheng, S. & Martins, R., May 2019, In : Computers in Biology and Medicine. 108, p. 111-121 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Ultrasonics
Technology
Program processors
Radar
Feasibility Studies

Effect of extradural constriction on CSF flow in rat spinal cord

Berliner, J. A., Woodcock, T., Najafi, E., Hemley, S. J., Lam, M., Cheng, S., Bilston, L. E. & Stoodley, M. A., 26 Mar 2019, In : Fluids and Barriers of the CNS. 16, 1, 15 p., 7.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
Subarachnoid Space
Constriction
Cerebrospinal Fluid
Spinal Cord
Injections

Fluidisation characteristics of lactose powders in simple turbulent channel flows

Mahmoudi, S., Elserfy, K., Cheng, S., Chan, H-K., Hebbink, G. & Kourmatzis, A., May 2019, In : Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science. 103, p. 201-213 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Fluidization
Channel flow
Lactose
Powders
Reynolds number

Simultaneous multi-spatial scanning optical coherence tomography (OCT) based on spectrum-slicing of a broadband source

Mekonnen, T., Kourmatzis, A., Amatoury, J. & Cheng, S., Apr 2019, In : Measurement Science and Technology. 30, 4, 9 p., 045203.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Optical Coherence Tomography
slicing
Slicing
Optical tomography
Broadband

Smart thermosensitive chitosan hydrogel for nasal delivery of ibuprofen to treat neurological disorders

Gholizadeh, H., Cheng, S., Pozzoli, M., Messerotti, E., Traini, D., Young, P., Kourmatzis, A. & Ong, H. X., 2019, In : Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery. 16, 4, p. 453-466 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Ibuprofen
Hydrogel
Chitosan
Nervous System Diseases
Nose

Prizes

Travel Award

Shaokoon Cheng (Recipient), Oct 2011

Prize