Australian and New Zealand Society of Biomechanics

Affiliate Society of the International Society of Biomechanics

Executive Committee

The current elected executive serving from December, 2016 until December, 2018.


Professor Rob Herbert
Prof. Rob Herbert

Rob Herbert is a Senior Principal Research Fellow at Neurocience Research Australia (NeuRA). He uses biomechanical methods and medical imaging procedures (ultrasonography and MRI) to study the mechanical properties of human muscles. He is particularly interested in the problem of muscle contracture, a common cause of physical disability. 

 Past President

Dr. Liz Clarke
Dr. Liz Clarke

Elizabeth Clarke is the Director of the Murray Maxwell Biomechanics Laboratory at the Kolling Institute of Medical Research, and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney. She has a background in Mechanical Biomedical Engineering from the University of Sydney and completed her PhD in Spinal Injury Biomechanics in 2008. Liz has served on the ANZSB Executive Committee since 2009 - first as Communications Officer, then as Secretary / Treasurer. Her research interests are joint and soft tissue biomechanics relating to injury, particularly in spinal injury, tendinopathy and post-traumatic osteoarthritis.


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Dr. Bart Bolsterlee

Bart Bolsterlee is a postdoctoral fellow in biomechanics at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) in Sydney. He completed his PhD in Biomedical Engineering in 2014 at Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands) in musculoskeletal modelling of the upper limb. At NeuRA he works on the development and application of new MRI techniques to study muscle structure and function. His main interest is how muscle fibres, tendons and extracellular structures interact to produce force and movement in humans.

Communications Officer

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Dr. Ben Hoffman

Ben Hoffman is a Lecturer within the School of Health & Wellbeing at the University of Southern Queensland. Ben began his research career in biomechanics at The University of Queensland in 2006 that resulted in completing a PhD in 2015.  Ben’s research interests include using ultrasonography to examine muscle and tendon mechanics during movement and in response to exercise-induced muscle damage. Ben also has a strong passion for teaching and has coordinated undergraduate courses such as Biomechanics, Motor Control and Biophysical Foundations.

Conference Liaison Officer

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Prof. Peter Pivonka

Peter is the Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering and Spinal Disorders at Queensland University of Technology. Peter previously held the position of Associate Professor of Surgery at the St Vincent’s Department of Surgery at the University of Melbourne, were he led the Mechanobiology and Musculoskeletal Tissue Mechanics group. Peter obtained his PhD at the Institute for Mechanics of Materials and Structures at Vienna University of Technology (TU-Vienna) in 2001. Peter was the chair of the 10th Australasian Biomechanics Conference (ABC10) held at the University of Melbourne in December 2016 and created the theme “Mechanobiology across the Scales”. 

ABC11 Representative

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Dr. Julie Choisne

Julie is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute. She has a background in Mechanical engineering from Paris in France and completed her PhD in foot biomechanics in 2012.
Julie's research is concentrated in three areas: 1) Spine disorders, 2) foot and ankle biomechanics and 3) modelling of the musculoskeletal system.
Her work is committed to use engineering principal and methods to answer specific clinical questions with the overarching goal of improving early diagnosis for better recovery.

Student Representative

Jodie Wills
Jodie Wills

Jodie is a PhD student at Macquarie University, Sydney. She has a background in Sports Science and completed both undergraduate and master’s degrees in the UK. Jodie’s PhD research is focussing on the biomechanical and physical adaptations during Military load-carriage in response to the implementation of specific physical condition programs.