Associate Professor Lining (Arnold) Ju is an award-winning engineer and biophysicist at the University of Sydney’s School of Biomedical Engineering, heading the Mechanobiology and Biomechanics Laboratory (MBL). He applies engineering principles to understand the cardiovascular system at molecular and cellular scales, leading the development of microtechnologies to pick up early signs of heart attack or stroke.
The Snow Fellowship will support Dr Ju and his team to investigate cardiovascular mechanobiology at a cellular and biomolecular level, allowing them to gain insight into how sticky blood clots are triggered. This knowledge will be the foundation for the development of cutting-edge biomechanical nanotools and analyses that will form the basis of a clinical grade microdevice to predict blood clot tendency.
Associate Professor Ju received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, before working at the Australian Centre for Blood Diseases and the Heart Research Institute. He has received numerous awards, including the Royal Society of NSW Edgeworth David Medal, and was recognised as an Innovator Under 35 by MIT Technology Review in 2021 and a Young Tall Poppy Science Award Winner in 2020.
Associate Professor Ju is motivated by his family’s experience with heart disease and his desire to make a difference to the lives of those at risk of heart attacks and strokes. He believes that the Snow Fellowship will provide his team with the resources and freedom needed to develop a finger-prick test and microdevice that will enable the monitoring of blood for signs of dangerous blood clots, ultimately with the aim of helping to reduce the number of thrombotic deaths globally.