About the Red Blood Cell Group

Dr. Suvash Saha

Dr. Suvash C. Saha is a Postdoctoral Fellow of School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering, QUT. He received his PhD in Computational Fluid Dynamics at James Cook University, Australia. He was an Assistant Professor at IBAIS University, Bangladesh. His current research interest is: Computational biomechanical engineering, Particle deposition and clearance on the human lung surface, Deformation of Red Blood Cell in the capillary, Solar thermal energy technology, Natural convection heat transfer in buildings and other confined geometries, Scale analysis for the transient flow etc.He has over 60 international journal publications, 1 book, 6 book chapters and 30 international conference papers.

Dr. Emilie Sauret

Dr. Emilie Sauret is a Lecturer in the School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering at QUT. After several years in the industry, she returned to academia in 2009. Her expertise includes Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), turbulence modelling, combustion, turbomachinery and fluid-structure interactions. Her current research interests include advanced numerical methods (uncertainty quantification, automated mesh, evolutionary algorithms, mesh-free CFD, multiphase flows) for low-temperature renewable power systems (turbine, heat exchangers, real fluids), and industry and environmental applications (particle transport and deposition, flow and heat transfer through porous media).

Dr. Hasitha Nayanajith

Dr. Nayanajith received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering from University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka. Dr. Nayanajith received his PhD under the supervision of Prof. YuanTong Gu at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Now he is working in this group as a post-doctoral fellow applying computational fluid dynamics, micro-scale simulations and meshfree methods to blood cells analysis.

Marie-Anne Balanant

Marie Anne received her master’s degree in biotechnology engineering at Nantes-Atlantic National College (ONIRIS), France in 2014. Currently she is pursuing her PhD under the supervision of Prof. YuanTong Gu at Queensland University of Technology, Australia (and Prof. Robert Flower at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service Research Laboratory, Australia) studying red blood cells biology. Her research interests include experimental assessment of red blood cell membrane aging in vitro in order to validate numerical red blood cell aging models and improve transfusion outcomes.

Sarah Barns

Sarah completed her Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at QUT in 2012. After working as an engineer in the oil and gas industry during 2013 and 2014, she returned to QUT to commence her PhD. Her research is investigating deformability and morphological changes of red blood cells as they age in storage conditions using numerical modelling methods, specifically smoothed particle hydrodynamics and course-grained molecular dynamics. This is collaborative project with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service aiming to enhance the quality of stored red blood cells to improve transfusion outcomes.

Yu Ji

Ji completed her Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at Queensland University of Technology and masters from the University of Queensland. Her research is models of disease with haemophagocytic pathophysiology and development of nanoparticles as a novel treatment. This is collaborative project with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.

Nadeeshani Maheshika Geekiyanage

Maheshika completed her Bachelors at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 2014. Maheshika commenced her PhD  at the Queensland University of Technology under Dr. Emilie Sauret. Her research is investigating morphological changes of red blood cells as they age in storage conditions using numerical modelling methods.