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Peter Pivonka

Chair Biomedical Engineering and Spine Research

Director Biomechanics and Spine Research Group

Co-director Queensland Unit for Advanced Shoulder Research



Peter finished his PhD with distinction at the Institute for Mechanics of Materials and Structures at Vienna University of Technology (TU-Vienna) in 2001. In 2007 he completed his Doctor of Science thesis at TU-Vienna leading to the award of the Venia Docendi in Continuum Mechanics and Biomechanics.


Beginning of 2017 Peter was appointed the Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering and Spinal Disorders in the School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering at Queensland University of Technology. Peter leads biomechanics research across the Faculty of Science and Engineering with a focus on musculoskeletal (MSK) research in a multidisciplinary environment bringing together engineers, clinicians, surgeons and basic scientist. Utilizing a synergist approach closely linking experimental and computational methods allows for innovative solutions to challenging MSK problems. Peter also holds the position of Research Director of the Biomechanics and Spine Research Group (BSRG,, a collaboration between Biomedical Engineering at QUT and Spinal Orthopaedic Surgeons at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane. Peter is also a Co-director of the Queensland Unit of Advanced Shoulder Research (QUASR) which was recently established at QUT.


Over the last 5 years Peter has published one book, three book chapters, 25 journal papers, 21 conference papers covering both theoretical and experimental aspects of biomechanics and mechanobiology. His research publications are in high impact journals such as Bone, Journal of Biomechanics, Scientific Reports, Journal of Theoretical Biology, BMMB, Journal of Engineering Mechanics, and PlosOne. He has contributed to more than 100 conference abstracts since 2004 and has presented a majority of these papers.


Research Achievements and Contributions

H-index: 24 Google Scholar

Citation count: 1832 Google Scholar

Publications: 150 journal papers, 1 book editor, 8 book chapters

High-quality publications in top journals including Bone, Scientific Reports, Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, Biomechanics

Accumulated external research funding: $7.2M including 6 ARC grants


Prizes, honors & awards

  • 2018 President Australian New Zealand Society of Biomechanics

  • 2017 UAAD Joint Collaboration Award

  • 2016 European Cooperation in Science and Technology – COST ACTION: Biomaterials and advanced physical techniques for regenerative cardiology and neurology (BIONICA);

  • 2014 The Ian Potter Foundation – Equipment grant;

  • 2013 Saskatchewan Canadian Institute of Health Research Regional Partnership Program

  • 2012 Australian Academy of Science Travel grant – North America;

  • 2012 ARC DP - A nanoengineered solution to drug delivery in bone;

  • 2009 Australian Prostate Cancer Foundation Project Grant - Integrative systems modelling;

  • 2009 ARC LP – Scaffolds for bone tissue regeneration;