Dr Thiranja Prasad Babarenda Gamage

BE(Hons) PhD Auck.

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Research Fellow


Thiranja Prasad Babarenda Gamage received a Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering with Honours from the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Auckland in 2008. In 2016, he completed a PhD at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute on Constitutive parameter identifiability and the design of experiments for applications in breast biomechanics under the supervision of Prof. Poul Nielsen and Prof. Martyn Nash.

Research | Current

Biomechanics for breast cancer imaging

Address clinical challenges involved in diagnosing and treating breast cancer by melding biomechanics, state-of-the-art image processing techniques, and population based statistical analysis. My work has led to the development of a clinical workflow that automatically builds personalised biomechanical models, and is now being trialled at Auckland City Hospital.

Learn more about this research at the ABI's Biomechanics for Breast Imaging project page and from the following thesis:

Skin modelling group

Create and validate frameworks for identifying the mechanical properties of the skin in-vivo using non-invasive methods. The models are complemented with novel instrumentation and imaging techniques currently being developed at the ABI to create rich experimental datasets from which the mechanical properties can be more easily identified using design of experiment techniques.

Learn more about this research at the ABI's Skin Modelling project page, and the following instrumentation project pages:

Lung modelling group

Develop novel real-time full-field stereoscopic imaging systems for tracking lung surface deformation during ventilation. The rich experimental data obatined from these imaging systems provides the information required for quantifying the stress-strain behaviour of alveoli during early maturity and senescence. 

Develop multi-scale computational models of the lung that use this novel experimental data to better understand the mechanisms behind decline in lung function with aging. These models will help guide the development of new diagnostic methods to distinguish age related changes from lung disease.

Learn more about this research at the ABI's Lungs and Respiratory System project page.

Project links

Teaching | Current

BIOMENG 321 - Continuum Modelling in Bioengineering

Areas of expertise

  • construction of patient-specific biomechanical models

  • computational mechanics

  • finite element analysis

  • soft tissue modelling

  • statistical shape analysis

  • stereovision

  • medical image processing & registration

  • soft-tissue constitutive parameter estimation

  • design of experiments techniques

  • high performance computing software development

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Schroeder, A., Babarenda Gamage, T. P., Wang, V., Loiselle, D. S., Nielsen, P. M. F., Nickerson, D. P., ... Tran, K. (2018). Computational Modelling of Cardiac Trabecula Mechanics. ANZIAM Journal Proceedings Engineering Mathematics and Applications Conference, 59 (esuppl.), C29-C48. Auckland, New Zealand: Australian Mathematical Society. 10.21914/anziamj.v59i0.12682
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/44740
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kenneth Tran, Denis Loiselle, Poul Nielsen, David Nickerson, Andrew Taberner, Martyn Nash
  • Babarenda Gamage, T. P., Baluwala, H. Y., Nash, M. P., & Nielsen, P. M. F. (2017). Registration of prone and supine breast MRI for breast cancer treatment planning. In A. Wittek, G. Joldes, P. M. F. Nielsen, B. J. Doyle, K. Miller (Eds.) Computational biomechanics for medicine: From algorithms to models and applications (pp. 123-134). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. 10.1007/978-3-319-54481-6_11
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Martyn Nash, Poul Nielsen
  • Babarenda Gamage, T. P., Nielsen, P. M. F., & Nash, M. P. (2017). Clinical applications of breast biomechanics. In Y. Payan, J. Ohayon (Eds.) Biomechanics of Living Organs: Hyperelastic Constitutive Laws for Finite Element Modeling (pp. 215-242). Elsevier. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/35211
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Poul Nielsen, Martyn Nash
  • Babarenda Gamage, T. P. (2016). Constitutive parameter identifiability and the design of experiments for applications in breast biomechanics The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/29547
  • Jor, J. W. Y., Babarenda Gamage, T. P., Nielsen, P. M. F., Nash, M. P., & Hunter, P. J. (2016). Relationship between structure and mechanics for membranous tissues. In G. S. Kassab, M. S. Sacks (Eds.) Structure-based mechanics of tissues and organs (pp. 135-173). New York: Springer. 10.1007/978-1-4899-7630-7_8
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30133
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Hunter, Martyn Nash, Poul Nielsen
  • Parker, M. D., Gamage, T. P. B., HajiRassouliha, A., Taberner, A. J., Nash, M. P., & Nielsen, P. M. (2015). Surface deformation tracking and modeling of soft materials. Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS, 4411-4414. Milan, Italy: IEEE. 10.1109/EMBC.2015.7319373
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Andrew Taberner, Martyn Nash, Poul Nielsen, Amir Haji Rassouliha
  • Shim, V. B., Fernandez, J. W., Gamage, P. B., Regnery, C., Smith, D. W., Gardiner, B. S., ... Besier, T. F. (2014). Subject-specific finite element analysis to characterize the influence of geometry and material properties in Achilles tendon rupture. Journal of Biomechanics, 47 (15), 3598-3604. 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2014.10.001
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/25529
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Justin Fernandez, Vickie Shim, Thor Besier
  • HajiRassouliha, A. (24/11/2014). Measuring 3D soft tissue deformation using a hand-held portable device. Poster presented at NZ IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society 2014 Workshop, Auckland, New Zealand.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Amir Haji Rassouliha, Martyn Nash, Andrew Taberner, Poul Nielsen


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Level 7, Room 717
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