DR Justin Bourke

DR Justin Bourke




  • Justin completed a consecutive science (1999) and biomedical engineering (2002) degree program at Monash University. In 2003, Justin joined the Monash Physiology Department to design hardware and software systems for neural electrophysiology, through which he developed a keen interest in training students in various computer programming languages. With assistance from an NH&MRC Dora Lush Biomedical Postgraduate Scholarship, Justin completed a PhD in neural tissue engineering in 2014, and was the first PhD student to graduate with a Biomedical Engineering specialisation from the medical faculty at Monash. His PhD involved design of biomaterial scaffolds for functional neural cell culture applications, using electrophysiology to explore cell function. Justin’s current role at St Vincent’s Hospital and Melbourne University is within the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, and involves design of functional synthetic biosystems for research into neural and neuromuscular disorders. Justin has developed methods for interfacing neural cultures with bionic limbs as a precursor to integrating prosthetics limbs with both the motor and sensory nervous systems. He has also developed a 3D neuronal networking model which produces network function akin to native brain tissue, which is being developed toward personalised drug selection for patients with neurological disorders including epilepsy. Justin has been on the Communications Committee for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science since early 2016, and is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the same ARC Centre. As part of the organising committee for the 2016 early career mentoring forum for the centre, Justin facilitated discussions on the SAGE Pilot and gender equity in research, and has since joined the Executive Steering Committee of the Women in STEMM, Australia organisation.    


Member of

  • Australasian Physiological Society. Member 2016 -
  • Royal Society of Victoria. Member 2016 -
  • Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering. Member 2015 -


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, Monash University 2014
  • BE(hons), Monash University 2003
  • BSc, Monash University 2000

Awards and honors

  • ASBTE Conference Travel Award - $500, Australian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, 2016
  • ACES-SVHM Bionics Prize for Excellence in Neurophysiology Research - $3000, St Vincent's Hospital & ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, 2015
  • Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, 2015
  • ACMD Research Week - Oral Presentation Award - $250, Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery, 2014
  • Dora Lush Biomedical Postgraduate Scholarship - $74,055, National Health and Medical Research Council, 2009
  • Member of the Institution of Engineers, Australia, 2007