DR Lihai Zhang

DR Lihai Zhang


  • Civil Engineering (Reliability-based life-cycle performance assessment of bridges; Aerodynamic performance of long-span box girder bridges)
  • Engineering computational biology (Bone fracture healing; cartilage mechanics; nutrient transport)



  • Dr Lihai Zhang is an academic staff in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering at The University of Melbourne. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University, and a Visiting Professor in Earthquake Engineering Research & Test Centre at Guangzhou University, China. Dr Zhang is currently the Founding Director of Melbourne-Shenzhen Rehabilitation Research Centre and Executive Committee member of Australasia Investment and Trade Association. He is also the Associate Editor of Electronic Journal of Structure Engineering and Australian Journal of Mechanical Engineering, Editorial Board Member of International Journal of Applied Mechanics.

    Dr Zhang received his Master of Engineering degree from the National University of Singapore with Research Scholarship in 1996, and then worked in the industry in the area of Civil Engineering and Information Technology application for nearly 10 years. Subsequently, he went on the Melbourne International Research Scholarship to further his PhD study at the University of Melbourne, where he obtained his PhD in Biomedical Engineering in 2009. Dr Zhang has extensive experience in multidisciplinary research and program development with successful track record in both Civil Engineering and Biomedical Engineering areas. His work on characterising the impact of heavy truck loading on the bridge structural performance using Engineering Reliability approach in conjunction with Non-destructive Testing techniques has built strong links with industry both nationally and internationally (e.g. VicRoads, Roads and Maritime Services, Metro Trains). Dr Zhang is also innovatively applying his Civil Engineering knowledge (e.g. Engineering Reliability and Porous Media Theory) in his Biomedical Engineering research. This gives him a leading advantage and a unique angle to solving outstanding human health problems in the areas of osteoporotic bon   


Member of

  • Australian Orthopaedic Association. Affiliate member 2016 -
  • Australia-China Biomedical Research Society. Member 2010 -
  • Australian and New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society. Member 2010 -
  • Institution of Engineers Australia. Member 2010 -
  • Oracle Corporation. Certified database administrator 2006 -
  • Sun Microsystems. Certified programmer 2004 -
  • Institution of Engineers Singapore. Member 1999 -


Selected publications


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Additional Grant Information

  • (2018) ARC DP180100915 ($352,616 over three years)

    (2016) ARC IH150100006 ($5,016,999 over five years)

    (2016) ARC LP160100259 ($392,104 over three years)

    (2015) Melbourne-Shenzhen Rehabilitation Research Centre ($630,000 over six years)

    (2014) Enhancing resilience of critical road infrastructure: bridges, culverts and flood‐ways under natural hazards. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2014-2020)

    (2013) ARC LE140100053 ($400,000 over two years)

    (2013) NHMRC Project Grant APP1051538 ($494,589 over three years)



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2009
  • MEng, National University of Singapore 1996

Awards and honors

  • Dyason Fellowship 2013 awarded to facilitate international collaboration on a variety of projects with International peers, The University of Melbourne, 2013
  • Cook Memorial Fund for journal paper publication in 2007, The Melbourne School of Engineering, The University of Melbourne, 2008
  • Melbourne International Research Scholarship, The University of Melbourne, 2005
  • Research Scholarship, The National University of Singapore, 1993



Available for supervision

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