Associate Professor Tim Woodfield

University of Otago, Christchurch

Associate Professor Woodfield leads the Christchurch Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering (CReaTE) Group in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Centre for Bioengineering & Nanomedicine at the University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand.

His CReaTE group is investigating stem cell and biomaterial-based strategies for musculoskeletal tissue regeneration and their application in the clinical translation of orthopaedic medical devices & cell-based therapies. His research technology platform involves 3D Bioprinting and additive manufacturing of biomaterial scaffolds/devices applied to regenerative medicine of cartilage and bone, including bio-ink development, advanced 3D tissue culture models and high throughput screening.

Associate Professor Woodfield was awarded a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship by the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2012 focussing on Regenerative Medicine of cartilage and bone, and is a Principal Investigator within the New Zealand Medical Technology Centre of Research Excellence (MedTech CoRE). He also holds an adjunct Associate Professor position at the Institute of Health & Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Australia.

He has published 50 articles in peer reviewed international journals and book chapters. He has attracted over NZ$19.3 million in competitive research funding as a PI or co-PI from Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment, Royal Society of New Zealand, Health Research Council, MedTech CoRE, and acts as coordinator of the European Commission skelGEN consortia project.

He is Secretary and Executive Board member of the International Society for Biofabrication (ISBF), and is the outgoing President of the Australasian Society for Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering (ASBTE) having served in President, Executive Officer and Executive Committee member roles. He sits on the editorial board for the journals Biofabrication, Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering, and Frontiers in Bioengineering & Biotechnology.