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Dr Shaun Gregory’s research centres around cardiovascular engineering, with a specific focus on the development and evaluation of mechanical circulatory and respiratory support systems (artificial hearts and lungs). His research has focused on device development, fluid mechanics (in-silico and in-vitro), physiological control, infection resistance, prototype manufacturing, device evaluation (in-silico, in-vitro, in-vivo), and more.

Shaun works between academia and industry in an effort to translate his research. He holds several academic positions as a Senior Research Fellow in the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, a Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellow, and has adjunct / honorary positions at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, The University of Queensland, and Griffith University. Shaun receives most of his research funding through competitive grant schemes such as the National Heart Foundation and the National Health and Medical Research Council, where he is a Chief Investigator on a Centre for Research Excellence for advanced cardiorespiratory therapies to improve organ support (ACTIONS).

Current major projects include the development of rapid surgical attachment mechanisms and physiological control for artificial hearts, and improved implantation and training tools for artificial heart-lung machines. Through this research, Shaun aims to reduce some of the most significant complications (bleeding, infection, quality of life) for patients with end-stage heart and lung failure.


  • medical engineering
  • cardiovasular engineering
  • physiological control
  • fluid mechanics
  • infection resistance
  • surgical instrucments
  • device evaluation

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Projects 2019 2022

Research Output 2009 2019

A novel fibre Bragg grating pressure sensor for rotary ventricular assist devices

Stephens, A. F., Busch, A., Salamonsen, R. F., Gregory, S. D. & Tansley, G. D., 15 Aug 2019, In : Sensors and Actuators, A: Physical. 295, p. 474-482 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Evaluation of an intraventricular balloon pump for short-term support of patients with heart failure

Boone, A. C., Gregory, S. D., Wu, E. L., Stephens, A., Liao, S., Pauls, J. P., Salamonsen, R., Fraser, J. & Tansley, G. D., 13 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Artificial Organs. 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Human factors and user experience issues with ventricular assist device wearable components: a systematic review

Dunn, J. L., Nusem, E., Straker, K., Gregory, S. & Wrigley, C., 23 Jul 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Annals of Biomedical Engineering. 58 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Improving skin integration around long-term percutaneous devices using fibrous scaffolds in a reconstructed human skin equivalent model

Bolle, E. C. L., Bartnikowski, N., Haridas, P., Parker, T. J., Fraser, J. F., Gregory, S. D. & Dargaville, T. R., 6 Jun 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Biomedical Materials Research - Part B Applied Biomaterials. 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

In vitro evaluation of an adaptive Starling-like controller for dual rotary ventricular assist devices

Stephens, A., Gregory, S., Tansley, G., Busch, A. & Salamonsen, R., 12 Jun 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Artificial Organs. 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review