• Cardiac Biophysics and Biomechanics
  • Cell Mechanics
  • Cell Structure
  • Computational Modelling
  • Image Processing
  • Mechanobiology
  • Tissue Mechanics



  • Dr Vijay Rajagopal is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Melbourne. He was awarded a PhD in soft tissue mechanics and Bioengineering from the Auckland Bioengineering Institute, University of Auckland, NZ in 2007. He received further postdoctoral training cell structure and mechanics at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute and Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology before taking up his position at University of Melbourne in 2014. Current research projects include: --- Cardiac cell systems biology and mechanobiology in diseases such as diabetic cardiomyopathy and cardiac hypertrophy --- Multi-scale modelling of cellular mechanobiology. --- Red blood cell mechanics and malaria --- Breast tissue mechanics with applications in breast cancer diagnosis --- Single ventricle heart mechanics    


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Auckland 2007


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Current research projects for which we are actively recruiting include: (i) How does calcium make our hearts grow? Studying the fundamentals of how heart cells grow in cardiac hypertrophy using state of the art experimental and computational methods. (ii) The diabetic heart under the mathematical microscope. Examining changes in structure and function of cardiomyocytes and investigating new therapeutic targets to alleviate heart disease in diabetic patients. (iii) Multi-scale modeling of cellular mechanobiology. Developing novel computational techniques to simulate cell migration in cancer metastasis. (iv) Single ventricle heart mechanics. Studying the mechanics of the heart of babies and children with only 1 ventricle and investigating ways to improve their lives. (v) Red blood cell mechanics and malaria. Investigating the mechanics of the red blood cell and the ways it is modified by the malaria parasite.