Professor Peter Lee

  • Room: Level: 03 Room: 3.07
  • Building: Mechanical Engineering
  • Campus: Parkville


Peter (Vee Sin) Lee is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Melbourne.

Prof Peter Lee obtained his BEng in Mechanical Engineering (1st Class Hons. 1991) and PhD (1996) in Bioengineering from the University of Strathclyde, UK, and continued his post-doc in the same university from 1996–1998. He was a Research Fellow with the Biomaterials Group at the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, Singapore from 1998–2001. In 2001, he joined the Defence Medical and Environmental Research Institute, DSO National Laboratories, Singapore, as the Head of the Bioengineering Laboratory. He was appointed as an Adjunct Associate Professor from 2002–2008 at the National University of Singapore, Division of Bioengineering. He joined University of Melbourne as a Senior Lecturer in 2008. 

Research interests

- ability to predict and better understand the mechanism of injury, leading to effective prevention strategies. Research spans all three levels, the human, organs and cells. These investigations use human volunteers and computational models to advance our understanding of clinical symptoms, pathological evidence and injury. Computational studies include models to the human brain, head-neck, spine, knee and foot. 

Rehabilitation Engineering
- biomechanics for lower limb prostheses and orthoses; CAD/CAM and rapid prototyping methods for prosthetic socket manufacturing to improve artificial limb function and amputee acceptance; development of new materials and methods for low cost prostheses.

Recent publications

  1. Martig S, Hitchens P, Lee P, Whitton R. The relationship between microstructure, stiffness and compressive fatigue life of equine subchondral bone.. J Mech Behav Biomed Mater. Elsevier. 2020, Vol. 101. DOI: 10.1016/j.jmbbm.2019.103439
  2. Shaktivesh S, Malekipour F, Whitton R, Lee V. A method for fatigue testing of equine McIII subchondral bone under a simulated fast workout training programme. EQUINE VETERINARY JOURNAL. Equine Veterinary Journal. 2019. DOI: 10.1111/evj.13163
  3. Laing S, Lythgo N, Lavranos J, Lee P. An Investigation of Pressure Profiles and Wearer Comfort During Walking With a Transtibial Hydrocast Socket. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL MEDICINE & REHABILITATION. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 2019, Vol. 98, Issue 3. DOI: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000001043
  4. Brady R, Wong KR, Robinson D, Mychasiuk R, McDonald SJ, D'Cunha RA, Yamakawa GR, Sun M, Wark J, Lee P, O'Brien T, Casillas-Espinosa PM, Shultz S. Bone Health in Rats With Temporal Lobe Epilepsy in the Absence of Anti-Epileptic Drugs. Frontiers in Pharmacology. Frontiers Research Foundation. 2019, Vol. 10. DOI: 10.3389/fphar.2019.01278
  5. Robinson D, Tse K, Franklyn M, Zhang J, Ackland D, Lee P. Cortical and Trabecular Bone Fracture Characterisation in the Vertebral Body Using Acoustic Emission.. Ann Biomed Eng. 2019, Vol. 47, Issue 12. DOI: 10.1007/s10439-019-02316-y
  6. Robinson D, Aguilar Alonso L, Gatti A, Abduo J, Lee P, Ackland D. Load response of the natural tooth and dental implant: A comparative biomechanics study. The Journal of Advanced Prosthodontics. Korean Academy of Prosthodontics. 2019, Vol. 11, Issue 3. DOI: 10.4047/jap.2019.11.3.169
  7. Wu Y, Stewart A, Lee P. On-chip cell mechanophenotyping using phase modulated surface acoustic wave. Biomicrofluidics. American Institute of Physics. 2019, Vol. 13, Issue 2. DOI: 10.1063/1.5084297
  8. Jiang H, Robinson D, Yates C, Lee V, Wark J. Peripheral quantitative computed tomography (pQCT)-based finite element analysis provides enhanced diagnostic performance in identifying non-vertebral fracture patients compared with dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. Osteoporosis International: with other metabolic bone diseases. Springer-Verlag UK. 2019. DOI: 10.1007/s00198-019-05213-1
  9. Jiang H, Robinson D, McDonald M, Lee P, Kontulainen SA, Johnston JD, Yates C, Wark J. Predicting experimentally-derived failure load at the distal radius using finite element modelling based on peripheral quantitative computed tomography cross-sections (pQCT-FE): A validation study. BONE. Elsevier Science. 2019, Vol. 129. DOI: 10.1016/j.bone.2019.115051
  10. Shaktivesh S, Malekipour F, Lee P. Shock absorbing ability in healthy and damaged cartilage-bone under high-rate compression. JOURNAL OF THE MECHANICAL BEHAVIOR OF BIOMEDICAL MATERIALS. Elsevier. 2019, Vol. 90. DOI: 10.1016/j.jmbbm.2018.10.023
  11. Stewart A, Harris T, Jativa F, Jaffar J, Lee V, Westall G, Wilson M, Berhan A. Stiffness: A 'Master Regulator' of Human Lung Fibroblast Phenotypic Plasticity?. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF RESPIRATORY AND CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE. American Thoracic Society. 2019, Vol. 199.
  12. Robinson D, Jiang H, Song Q, Yates C, Lee P, Wark J. The application of finite element modelling based on clinical pQCT for classification of fracture status. BIOMECHANICS AND MODELING IN MECHANOBIOLOGY. Springer. 2019, Vol. 18, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1007/s10237-018-1079-7
  13. Ackland D, Robinson D, Wilkosz A, Wu W, Richardson M, Lee V, Tse K. The influence of rotator cuff tears on muscle and joint-contact loading after reverse total shoulder arthroplasty. JOURNAL OF ORTHOPAEDIC RESEARCH. Elsevier Science. 2019, Vol. 37, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1002/jor.24152
  14. Tse K, Tan LB, Bin Sapingi MA, Franklyn M, Lee V, Tan VBC, Lee HP. The role of a composite polycarbonate-aerogel face shield in protecting the human brain from blast-induced injury: A fluid-structure interaction (FSI) study. Journal of Sandwich Structures and Materials. 2019, Vol. 21, Issue 7. DOI: 10.1177/1099636217733369
  15. Dimitroulis G, Austin S, Lee V, Ackland D. A new three-dimensional, print-on-demand temporomandibular prosthetic total joint replacement system: Preliminary outcomes. JOURNAL OF CRANIO-MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY. Churchill Livingstone. 2018, Vol. 46, Issue 8. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcms.2018.05.028

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