Our Mission

The research field of mechanical circulatory support (MCS) consists of researchers from multiple international research laboratories and universities spread around the globe and research is often undertaken in isolation within each laboratory, limiting inter-laboratory collaboration and thus the full potential of the field of MCS. There is a clear need and untapped potential for improved collaborative efforts and subsequent improvement of research quality and outcomes within the field of MCS.

The OpenHeart Project aims to promote improved collaboration between researchers and laboratories in the field of MCS through an implementation of an open-source online research platform. Through this research platform the OpenHeart Project will achieve improved research standardisation (e.g. study designs, analyses and definitions), collaboration and training of Ph.D. students and early career researchers in the field of MCS. Subsequently, this will improve research quality and reproducibility of results at laboratories around the globe. The second major aim of the OpenHeart Project is to leverage existing expertise in the field of MCS to develop new and improved devices for MCS – it will be a platform where plans and code are shared allowing devices to be developed in tandem and in collaboration with many laboratories around the globe.


Research Laboratories


Research Team

Prof Geoff Tansley

Head of School of Engineering – Griffith University

Show MoreGeoff was the Foundation Professor of Mechanical Engineering and is now Head of Griffith School of Engineering. He graduated his BSc(Hons) Mechanical Engineering at Nottingham Trent in 1984 and stayed on to complete a PhD in blood flow mechanics in 1988. Soon after he took up academic positions at Adelaide and then Flinders Universities. He was Chief Engineer of Ventracor Pty Ltd (1998–2004) and led a team of engineers in the development of a commercially implantable centrifugal rotary blood pump (VentrAssist) through research and into production. Geoff returned to the UK in 2004 as Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Nottingham University before taking up a professorial appointment at Aston University in 2008. He came to Griffith University in 2012. He is a professional engineer with an extensive background in research, development and translation of medical device systems, specialising in the design of implantable medical devices, particularly blood contacting devices. Geoff holds 15 patents and has 3 more provisional patents in medical devices. He is an active industry consultant, working with 5 medical device companies. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and delivered 50 papers at engineering and medical device conferences. His has received 3 prizes for research, 2 design awards and a NATO scholarship. Geoff’s role is a technical advisor to the ICETLAB and has involvement in many medical device projects and supervision of several PhD and undergraduate projects. Geoff’s lab at Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus is an extension of the ICETLAB and houses a mock circulatory loop and PIV system for measuring blood flow velocities.

Dr Jo Pauls

Postdoctoral Research Fellow – The University of Queensland

Show MoreJo Philipp Pauls has completed a degree in medical engineering at the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH), Germany, where he also worked as a research student at the Helmholtz Institute, Aachen. Following his studies, he worked for the B.Braun Melsungen AG – Vascular Systems in Germany, USA and Poland and contracted for BiVACOR, an artificial heart company. He is currently working as a full-time PhD student at Griffith University – School of Engineering. His research is conducted in cooperation with the CCRG’s Innovative Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology Laboratory (ICETLAB) based at The Prince Charles Hospital. Mr Pauls research is primarily focused on the development of a passive physiological control system for rotary ventricular assist devices. Other areas of his research include the investigation of the native hearts response to changes in patient states, in-vitro testing, in-vivo evaluation and numerical simulations. He has presented his research at various national and international conferences.

Tech Team

Emma Evans

Show MoreEmma Evans is a talented and well rounded developer currently studying Multimedia and IT @ Griffith University.

Emad Ahmadi

Show MoreEmad is currently enroled at Griffith University studying his Masters in Information Technology. His interests include AI and Server Side Programming.

Mo Ahmed

Show MoreMo Ahmed is a full stack developer working primarily with Javascript, Python, and web frameworks such as Angular.