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BIOTech Futures Challenge - Victoria

ARC CMIT hosted the BIOTech Futures Challenge – Victoria on Saturday, 30 July 2022 at the University of Melbourne. The BIOTech Futures Challenge is a mentorship and innovation program that connects high school students with academics to come up with solutions to challenges in the field of health, medicine , sustainability and environment.

For the last ten weeks, ten teams of high school students from around Victoria were mentored by the Department of Biomedical Engineering and ARC CMIT PhD students and Research Fellows. Each team presented their project to the judges – Prof Peter Lee, Prof Andrea O’Connor, Dr Hans Gray and Ms Tayebeh Namayeshi.

Thank you to the mentors- Hazem Alkazemi, Yihang Yu, Yichen Huang, Ryan Tiew, Dan Hopkins, Alex Fang, Chiaohwei Lee, Matt Mail, Franklin Tai and Yanbo (Liam) Lian.

Congratulations to the winners!

Best Report – Fabrication of Tissue-Engineered Blood Vessels

Mentor: Hazem Alkazemi

  • Zahra Halela, The Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School

  • Simone Martin, Mater Christi College

  • Lucia Williams, Mount Alexander College

  • Mikhail Romadinov, Kingswood College

Best Prototype – How the brain works

Mentor: Liam Lian

  • Chloe Mouchacca, The Mac.Robertson Girls' High School

  • Sophia Cabador, St. Peter's college

  • Sophie Phillips, Santa Maria College

People’s Choice and Overall Winner to represent Victoria at the BIOTech Futures Challenge at the University of Sydney on 29 Aug 2022 – 3D Bioprinting Microbes for the Production of Therapeutics

Mentor: Matt Mail


  • Elizabeth Wotten, Strathmore, Secondary College

  • Elizabeth Yap, John Monash Science School

  • Ezann Tan, Kardinia International College

  • Zoe Verikios, Kardinia International College

  • Helen Tarpis, Melbourne Girls’ College

The students watched a demonstration at the CAREN (Computer Assisted Environment) lab

The students toured the Melbourne Creator Space


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