Dr Cynthia Wong





Instit for Frontier Materials


Instit for Frontier Materials


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 2001

Career highlights

2007 - present: Research Fellow, Deakin University
2004 - 2007: Research Fellow, Swinburne University of Technology
2002 - 2004: Research Fellow, Children's Cancer Institute Australia, Sydney

Research interests

Dr Wong's background is in biomedical science, focusing on animal studies and cell biology. Recently, Dr. Wong's research focus has been on tissue engineering, investigating the use of porous polymeric and metallic scaffolds for biomedical applications. She collaborates with various research groups working in areas such as bone tissue engineering, wound healing and mammary cell biology. Her area of interest is in the cardiovascular area; specifically, examining the interactions of vascular cells and improving cellular attachment on polymeric scaffolds so that an enhanced synthetic vascular graft can be created.

Current projects

Novel polyurethane scaffolds for vascular grafts

Knowledge areas

Tissue culture



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Electroactive nanostructured scaffold produced by controlled deposition of PPy on electrospun PCL fibres

S Shafei, J Foroughi, L Stevens, C Wong, O Zabihi, M Naebe

(2017), Vol. 43, pp. 1235-1251, Research on chemical intermediates, Berlin, Germany, C1


Cellular responses of osteoblast-like cells to 17 elemental metals

D Zhang, C Wong, C Wen, Y Li

(2017), Vol. 105, pp. 148-158, Journal of biomedical materials research, London, Eng., C1


Biocompatibility of boron nitride nanosheets

S Mateti, C Wong, Z Liu, W Yang, Y Li, L Li, Y Chen

(2017), pp. 1-9, Nano research, Beijing, China, C1


Synthesis and self-assembly behaviour of poly(N?-Boc-l-tryptophan)-block-poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(N?-Boc-l-tryptophan)

A Voda, K Magniez, N Salim, C Wong, Q Guo

(2016), Vol. 6, pp. 24142-24153, RSC Advances, C1


Enrichment of cellulosic waste hemp (Cannabis sativa) hurd into non-toxic microfibres

R Abraham, C Wong, M Puri

(2016), Vol. 9, pp. 1-13, Materials, Basel, Switzerland, C1


Impact of oxygen levels on human hematopoietic stem and progenitor cell expansion

A Tiwari, C Wong, L Nekkanti, J Deane, C McDonald, G Jenkin, M Kirkland

(2016), Vol. 25, pp. 1604-1613, Stem cells and development, New Rochelle, N.Y., C1


Medical textiles as vascular implants and their success to mimic natural arteries

C Singh, C Wong, X Wang

(2015), Vol. 6, pp. 500-525, Journal of functional biomaterials, Basel, Switzerland, C1


Ti-SrO metal matrix composites for bone implant materials

Y Wang, C Wong, C Wen, P Hodgson, Y Li

(2014), Vol. 2, pp. 5854-5861, Journal of Materials Chemistry B, London, Eng., C1


Elastin and collagen enhances electrospun aligned polyurethane as scaffolds for vascular graft

C Wong, X Liu, Z Xu, T Lin, X Wang

(2013), Vol. 24, pp. 1865-1874, Journal of materials science: materials in medicine, New York, N. Y., C1


Biodegradable Mg-Zr-Ca alloys for bone implant materials

Y Li, C Wong, C Wen, P Hodgson

(2012), Vol. 27, pp. 49-51, Materials technology, Leeds, U. K., C1


Biofunctionalization of 3D nylon 6,6 scaffolds using a two-step surface modification

E Nuhiji, C Wong, A Sutti, L Tong, M Kirkland, X Wang

(2012), Vol. 4, pp. 2912-2919, ACS applied materials and interfaces, Washington, D.C., C1


Enhanced cell growth using non-woven scaffolds of multilobal fibres

C Wong, E Nuhiji, A Sutti, G Keating, X Liu, M Kirkland, X Wang

(2012), Vol. 82, pp. 1371-1381, Textile research journal, London, England, C1


Apatite-coated three-dimensional fibrous scaffolds and their osteoblast response

Y Tang, Y Zhao, C Wong, X Wang, T Lin

(2012), Vol. 101A, pp. 674-683, Journal of biomedical materials research : Part A, New York, N.Y., C1


Three-dimensional tissue scaffolds from interbonded poly(e-caprolactone) fibrous matrices with controlled porosity

Y Tang, C Wong, H Wang, A Sutti, M Kirkland, X Wang, T Lin

(2011), Vol. 17, pp. 209-217, Tissue engineering. Part C. methods, New Rochelle, N.Y., C1


Synthesis, characterization and biocompatibility of novel biodegradable cross-linked co-polymers based on poly(propylene oxide) diglycidylether and polyethylenimine

Y Ding, J Wang, C Wong, P Halley, Q Guo

(2011), Vol. 22, pp. 457-473, Journal of biomaterials science - polymer edition, Leiden, Netherlands, C1


Cytotoxicity of titanium and titanium alloying elements

Y Li, C Wong, J Xiong, P Hodgson, C Wen

(2010), Vol. 89, pp. 493-497, Journal of dental research, Thousand Oaks, Calif., C1


In vitro cytotoxicity of binary TI alloys for bone implants

Y Li, C Wong, J Xiong, P Hodgson, C Wen

(2009), Vol. 618-619, pp. 295-298, Materials science forum, Stafa-Zurich, Switzerland, C1


Bioactivating the surfaces of titanium by sol-gel process

Y Li, J Xiong, C Wong, P Hodgson, C Wen

(2009), Vol. 614, pp. 67-71, Materials science forum, Stafa-Zurich, Switzerland, C1


Ti6Ta4Sn alloy and subsequent scaffolding for bone tissue engineering

Y Li, J Xiong, C Wong, P Hodgson, C Wen

(2009), Vol. 15, pp. 3151-3159, Tissue engineering part A, Rochelle, N.Y., C1


Degradation of the strength of porous titanium after alkali and heat treatment

J Lin, Y Li, C Wong, P Hodgson, C Wen

(2009), Vol. 485, pp. 316-319, Journal of alloys and compounds, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1


Current developments and future challenges for the creation of aortic heart valve

Y Morsi, C Wong

(2008), Vol. 8, pp. 1-15, Journal of mechanics in medicine and biology, Singapore, C1


Endothelialisation and cell retention on gelation-chitosan coated electrospun polyurethane, poly (lactide-co-glycolide) and collagen-coated pericardium

S Patel, C Wong, Y Morsi, X Mo, C Rui

(2008), pp. 233-236, FMST 2008 : Papers presented at the International Conference on Frontiers in Materials Science & Technology, Brisbane, Qld., E1-1


Development of a novel pulsatile bioreactor for tissue culture

Y Morsi, W Yang, A Owida, C Wong

(2007), Vol. 10, pp. 109-114, Journal of artificial organs, Tokyo, Japan, C1-1


Transient fluid-structure coupling for simulation of a trileaflet heart valve using weak coupling

Y Morsi, W Yang, C Wong, S Das

(2007), Vol. 10, pp. 96-103, Journal of artificial organs, Tokyo, Japan, C1-1


Virtual prototyping of biomanufacturing in medical applications conventional manufacturing processes for three-dimensional scaffolds

Y Morsi, C Wong, S Patel

(2007), pp. 129-148, Virtual prototyping & bio manufacturing in medical applications, New York, N. Y., B1-1


Electrospinning of nanofibres for construction of vital organ replacements

A Owida, X Mo, C Wong, Y Morsi

(2006), pp. 585-587, ICONN 2006 : International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 3-7 July 2006, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Brisbane, Queensland, E1-1


Polyethyleneterephthalate provides superior retention of endothelial cells during shear stress compared to polytetrafluoroethylene and pericardium

C Wong, M Sgarioto, A Owida, W Yang, F Rosenfeldt, Y Morsi

(2006), Vol. 15, pp. 371-377, Heart, lung and circulation, Chatswood, N.S.W., C1-1


The influence of specific luminal factors on the colonic epithelium : high-dose butyrate and physical changes suppress early carcinogenic events in rats

C Wong, S Sengupta, J Tjandra, P Gibson

(2005), Vol. 48, pp. 549-559, Diseases of the colon and rectum, New York, N.Y., C1-1


PCTH : a novel orally active chelator of the aroylhydrazone class that induces iron excretion from mice

C Wong, J Kwok, D Richardson

(2004), Vol. 1739, pp. 70-80, Biochimica et biophysica acta : international journal of biochemistry and biophysics, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1-1


?-Thalassaemia : emergence of new and improved iron chelators for treatment

C Wong, D Richardson

(2003), Vol. 35, pp. 1144-1149, The international journal of biochemistry & cell biology, New York, N. Y., C1-1


The trophic effect of dietary fibre is not associated with a change in total crypt number in the distal colon of rats

C Wong, P Gibson

(2003), Vol. 24, pp. 343-348, Carcinogenesis, Oxford, England, C1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

Production of neurotrophic factors by umbilical cord blood cells - Scholarship Jasmine Cleminson

Dr Cynthia Wong, Dr Julie Sharp, Prof Mark Kirkland

  • 2016: $21,485
  • 2015: $31,031

Development of bioreactor for cell expansion

Dr Cynthia Wong, Dr Julie Sharp, Prof Mark Kirkland

  • 2016: $363,724
  • 2015: $414,952


Executive Supervisor

Dongmei Zhang

Thesis entitled: Effect of Elemental Metals and Strontium Coated Surface on Biocompatibility of Titanium-Based Biomaterials

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), Institute for Frontier Materials

Associate Supervisor

Yongzhen Li

Thesis entitled: Fabrication of Core-Shell Structured Natural Rubber Based Microfibres for Artificial Blood Vessel Tissue Engineering Scaffolds

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), Institute for Frontier Materials

Alireza Vahidgolpayegani

Thesis entitled: Biocompatible and biodegradable Mg/Mg composite foam for bone tissue engineering

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), Institute for Frontier Materials


Nisa Valiyaveettil Salim

Thesis entitled: Nanostructured Block Copolymer Blends and Complexes via Hydrogen Bonding Interactions

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), Institute for Frontier Materials

Andreea Voda

Thesis entitled: Synthesis and self-assembly of hybrid amphiphilic block copolymers

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), Institute for Frontier Materials


Jing Wang

Thesis entitled: Three-Dimensional Porous Poylmer Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering Application

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), Institute for Frontier Materials