Murray Maxwell Biomechanics Laboratory

The Murray Maxwell Biomechanics Laboratory is a biomedical engineering-based research group which studies the links between joint injury and diseases such as osteoarthritis and tendinopathy.

We study how injuries affect the mechanical function of joints, how changes in mechanical function drive disease, and how these injuries can be prevented.

We perform independent research, while also collaborating with orthopaedic surgeons and the biotechnology industry.

Our research focuses on the prevention and repair of ligament and tendon injuries - and improving orthopaedic devices and surgical techniques.

Our projects are aimed at:

  • Improving graft options for ligament replacement
  • Improving outcomes following tendon repair surgery
  • Treating weakness, pain and osteoarthritis following knee or ACL injury
  • Improving treatment options for tendon and ligament injury

Our research involves a wide range of techniques including:

  • Biomechanical tissue testing and analysis
  • Testing of joints and implants
  • Analysis of grafts, sutures and other materials
  • The manufacture of custom testing fixtures and experimental equipment


Lead

Dr Elizabeth Clarke Dr Elizabeth Clarke, PhD, BE (Mechanical Biomedical), BSc

Sydney Medical School Foundation Fellows
Director, Murray Maxwell Biomechanics Laboratory
Kolling Institute of Medical Research
Northern Clinical School
Faculty of Medicine and Health

Dr Carina Blaker Dr Carina Blaker - PhD

Postdoctoral staff

  • Assessing kangaroo tendon as a graft for human ACL and tendon surgery in the hand
  • The role of prior mild joint injuries, such as sprains, in the risk of severe knee injury and osteoarthritis
  • Effects of tendinopathy on tendon biomechanics, biochemistry, structure and molecular biology
  • Injury, repair, reconstruction, and regeneration of tendons and ligaments

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