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Rob Lloyd is a biomechanical engineer with a research focus in experimental and computational modelling. His PhD research aims to use MRI studies, in addition to computational models of the human skull and spine to investigate cerebrospinal fluid flow disorders such as Chiari malformation and syringomyelia.
Syringomyelia is an enigmatic condition in which high pressure fluid-filled cysts form in the spinal cord, often after spinal cord injury or in congenital conditions where there is obstruction to cerebrospinal fluid flow near the brainstem. In collaboration with neurosurgeon Prof Marcus Stoodley, we are using magnetic resonance imaging, computational modelling and experimental models to understand how cerebrospinal fluid flow in the central nervous system is altered, and the mechanisms by which this gives rise to build-up of fluid in the spinal cord. • Honours and PhD projects are available to study the biomechanical and basic biological mechanisms of syringomyelia, using magnetic resonance imaging, experimental and computational modelling.
KATIE PELLAND Visiting PhD student
DR ELIZABETH CLARKE Visiting postdoctoral fellow
ALICE HATT Research assistant
ALICE PONG PhD student
DR PETER BURKE Postdoctoral fellow