OUR RESEARCH TEAM
Our Research team operates out of our Chatswood office, while also collecting data at the Mater and RPA hospitals. Working across the organisation, our researchers regularly collaborate with other community service agencies, universities, research institutes and government agencies to complete research studies.
Samuel Grasso B. Engineering, PhDClinical Applications Engineer
Samuel has completed a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree and a Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering (2018) at the University of Sydney. His research incorporates computational and image based methodologies to measure and optimise ligament position in ACL reconstruction on a patient specific basis, to improve pre-surgical planning processes and post-operative assessment.
Samuel is responsible for Sydney Orthopaedic Research Institutes research and development activities involving computational modelling.
Yoong Lim PhDResearch Associate
Yoong is a research associate and conducts biomechanical research relating to knee conditions. Here, he conducts biomechanical experiments and computational analyses using SORI’s state-of-the-art 3D biomechanics laboratory. Yoong’s current research projects are return-to-sport assessments for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction patients and gait analyses for ACL and high tibial osteotomy (HTO) patients. His research interests are musculoskeletal modelling and ultrasound image processing.
Yoong has completed postdoctoral trainings and a PhD (Biomechanical Engineering, University of Melbourne) on computational and experimental biomechanics.
Arpita Das MPH BDSClinical Research Associate
Arpita joined the SORI team in February 2020, working part-time as a Clinical Research Associate. She is an overseas trained dentist with a master’s degree in public health from University of New South Wales. She has a strong interest in healthcare
research and primarily works at our research rooms in Chatswood. Her primary responsibilities at SORI include clinical data collection from patients attending the clinics, maintaining the patient database and assisting the SORI research team with ongoing projects
Nadia Mazari, BScClinical Research Associate
Nadia has worked as a Clinical Research Associate at SORI since March 2016. She is currently studying a Master of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Sydney while working at SORI part-time. Nadia can be seen working across our research rooms with our surgeons in Newtown, Crows Nest and Chatswood.
Over the years, Nadia has been involved with numerous roles at SORI including the maintenance of our database of over 10 000 patients, developing standard operating procedures, and managing patient clinical data. Currently, her primary responsibilities involve clinical data collection, data auditing and supporting the SORI research team with ongoing projects.
Hakim Ariffin, BEngClinical Research Associate - Engineer
Hakim has completed a Bachelor degree (Vanderbilt University, USA) and a Master degree (University of Sydney). Both degrees are on Biomedical Engineering. He is an experienced biomedical engineer who has previously worked for both Canon Medical and St. Jude-Abbott.
At SORI, Hakim is working alongside the clinical research team in maintaining high quality clinical data collection and management. In addition, Hakim is working on computational modelling and analysis of orthopaedic patients data, and also assists in supporting IT resource.
Finance and Administration
Lionel Jeyaraj FCCA, FIPA, FFAFinance and Administration
Lionel is a member of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants UK and Institute of Public Accountants in Australia. He brings over 30 years of extensive domestic and international business accounting and advisory services, including eight years in the accounting profession. He has accumulated a wealth of experience in business management, tax accounting and compliance, financial analyses, auditing, statutory and ASX reporting, technology and change management. Lionel is focused on business results and improvement though effective processes, systems, reporting and efficient asset management.
Lionel has industry experience in various capacities ranging from Accountant to CFO encompassing information technology, telecommunications, education, gaming, leisure, research, marketing, venture capital and not for profit organisation.
Dr Johanna ElliottClinical Fellow
Johanna Elliott is an Australian AOA trained Orthopaedic Surgeon who completed her qualifications in Duesseldorf Germany and has been practicing as an Orthopaedic Specialist with a focus on lower limb arthroplasty and trauma for over 12 years. She holds a position on the Ethics Committee for Medical Research at Essen University. She has returned to beautiful Sydney, the city where she was born, to learn the latest technological advances in precision knee surgery. Johanna is in the process of completing her PhD at the University of London and maintains a consultancy position at the EPRD in Berlin (German Arthroplasty Registry). Her general research interest are the public health implications and outcomes of lower limb arthroplasty, with a focus on scientific documentation of advancements in these medical products.