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Joshua Chou smiling, in front of buildings

I started out here at UTS doing a Bachelor of Nanotechnology because it was very new and I knew now there was something cool to play with, so that kind of built on as I progressed through my PhD. At that time, I found out that my mother herself also had osteoporosis and there wasn't really any good therapies out there that was gold standard of treatment. So I wanted more I wanted to understand more and that's why I went to Harvard because my supervisor was one of the world leaders in this area. One of the main thing I learned from Harvard is that don't be afraid of failures because this is the kind of environment that you're working - you fail every day, but even though you fail every day you're one step closer to succeeding and you only need to succeed once. So my research is in the area of mechanomedicine, basically we apply engineering principles to answer a lot of unanswered biological questions, for example for my phone research our aim is to engineer a microfluidic device that closely mimics the bone micro environment and by doing that we're able to study help bone cells behave and therefore our aim is to develop better and targeted therapies for osteoporosis. Where I would like to see this is that we are able to identify more specific markers for diseases, for example cancer. And, after that, we're able to develop diagnostic devices so early detection and also personalised medicine. I mean this used to be considered science fiction, but it's a reality now and that's what makes this feel so exciting. My name is Joshua Chou. I am a Lecturer and the Program Director for biomedical engineering program here at UTS.

A curious mind