Justin completed a consecutive science (1999) and biomedical engineering (2002) degree program at Monash University. In 2003, Justin joined the Monash Physiology Department to design hardware and software systems for neural electrophysiology, through which he developed a keen interest in training students in various computer programming languages.With assistance from an NH&MRC Dora Lush Biomedical Postgraduate Scholarship, Justin completed a PhD in neural tissue engineering in 2014, and was the first PhD student to graduate with a Biomedical Engineering specialisation from the medical faculty at Monash.
His PhD involved design of biomaterial scaffolds for functional neural cell culture applications, using electrophysiology to explore cell function.Justin’s current role at St Vincent’s Hospital and Melbourne University is within the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, and involves design of functional synthetic biosystems for research into neural and neuromuscular disorders. Justin has developed methods for interfacing neural cultures with bionic limbs as a precursor to integrating prosthetics limbs with both the motor and sensory nervous systems. He has also developed a 3D neuronal networking model which produces network function akin to native brain tissue, which is being developed toward personalised drug selection for patients with neurological disorders including epilepsy.Justin has been on the Communications Committee for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science since early 2016, and is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the same ARC Centre. As part of the organising committee for the 2016 early career mentoring forum for the centre, Justin facilitated discussions on the SAGE Pilot and gender equity in research, and has since joined the Executive Steering Committee of the Women in STEMM, Australia organisation.
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Layer-By-Layer: The Case for 3D Bioprinting Neurons to Create Patient-Specific Epilepsy Mo..
Optimising the biocompatibility of 3D printed photopolymer constructs in vitro and in vivo
Evidence for personalised medicine: mechanisms, correlation, and new kinds of black box
Tailoring the mechanical properties of gelatin methacryloyl hydrogels through manipulation..
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Layer-By-Layer: The Case for 3D Bioprinting Neurons to Create Patient-Specific Epilepsy Models
Natasha Antill-O'Brien, Justin Bourke, Cathal D O'Connell
Journal article | 2019 | Materials
The ability to create three-dimensional (3D) models of brain tissue from patient-derived cells, would open new possibilities in st..
Tailoring the mechanical properties of gelatin methacryloyl hydrogels through manipulation of the photocrosslinking conditions
Cathal D O'Connell, Binbin Zhang, Carmine Onofrillo, Serena Duchi, Romane Blanchard, Anita Quigley, Justin Bourke, Sanjeev Gambhir, Robert Kapsa, Claudia Di Bella, Peter Choong, Gordon G Wallace
Journal article | 2018 | Soft Matter
Combination of agrin and laminin increase acetylcholine receptor clustering and enhance functional neuromuscular junction formation In vitro
Bill GX Zhang, Anita F Quigley, Justin L Bourke, Cameron J Nowell, Damian E Myers, Peter FM Choong, Robert MI Kapsa
Journal article | 2016 | Developmental Neurobiology
Development of the Biopen: a handheld device for surgical printing of adipose stem cells at a chondral wound site
Cathal D O'Connell, Claudia Di Bella, Fletcher Thompson, Cheryl Augustine, Stephen Beirne, Rhys Cornock, Christopher J Richards, Johnson Chung, Sanjeev Gambhir, Zhilian Yue, Justin Bourke, Binbin Zhang, Adam Taylor, Anita Quigley, Robert Kapsa, Peter Choong, Gordon G Wallace
Journal article | 2016 | Biofabrication
Electrophysiological development of embryonic rat DRG cells on electrospun poly(-ε-Caprolactone)
JL Bourke, HA Coleman, MA Tonta, DR Nisbet, HC Parkington, RJ Lang, JS Forsythe
Conference Proceedings | 2011 | 24th European Conference on Biomaterials - Annual Conference of the European Society for Biomaterials
A Targeted NKX2.1 Human Embryonic Stem Cell Reporter Line Enables Identification of Human Basal Forebrain Derivatives
Adam L Goulburn, Darym Alden, Richard P Davis, Suzanne J Micallef, Elizabeth S Ng, Qing C Yu, Sue Mei Lim, Chew-Li Soh, David A Elliott, Tanya Hatzistavrou, Justin Bourke, Bradley Watmuff, Richard J Lang, John M Haynes, Colin W Pouton, Antonietta Giudice, Alan O Trounson, Stewart A Anderson, Edouard G Stanley, Andrew G Elefanty
Journal article | 2011 | STEM CELLS
Honours, Awards and Fellowships
ASBTE Conference Travel Award - $500
ACES-SVHM Bionics Prize for Excellence in Neurophysiology Research - $3000
ACMD Research Week - Oral Presentation Award - $250
Dora Lush Biomedical Postgraduate Scholarship - $74,055
MIEEE - Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
MIEAUST - Member of the Institution of Engineers, Australia
Research Fellow Neural Bio-Constructs
Medicine - St Vincent'S Hospital
Royal Society of Victoria
Australasian Physiological Society
Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy
Bachelor of Engineering
Bachelor of Science