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.
Elmira Hooshmand BBSC, MPHSenior clinical research associate/ Database manager
Elmira has completed her Master’s in Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales. Elmira comes from a background in clinical infectious diseases and epidemiology, having completed her honours in CSRIO. At SORI, Elmira oversees all clinical data collection on patients and coordinates clinical research staff for relevant tasks. Her role focuses on managing the database to coordinate and implement strategies for progressive improvements in the data management system as well as collaborating with the research team, stakeholders, and directors to ensure the timely progress of research.
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 MazariClinical Research Associate
Nadia joined the SORI team in March 2016, working part-time as a Clinical Research Associate. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Science at the University of Sydney, majoring in Nutrition and Metabolism. Nadia primarily works at our research rooms in the Mater Hospital in North Sydney.
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.
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 Anna KropelnickiClinical Fellow
Dr Anna Kropelnicki is a UK-trained trauma and orthopaedic surgeon. Having graduated originally in Neuroscience and completed a PhD at Cambridge University, she entered the graduate programme to read Medicine at Oxford University, graduating in 2006. She spent her Foundation training within Oxford and moved to Bristol for her Core Training in order to additionally maintain her elite sports career. She joined the specialist training programme in 2010 on the prestigious North West Thames rotation within the London Deanery. She became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons the same year as completing training in 2018.
Prior to joining SORI, Anna was awarded a Fellowship with NHSGrampian and the University of Aberdeen in a combined clinical (Sports Knee) and teaching fellowship. Her research interests are the management of soft tissue knee injuries, quantifying outcomes in relation to return to sports after surgery, and surgical options for early osteoarthritis.
Dr Claire BoltonClinical Fellow
Dr Claire Bolton is an Australian-trained Orthopaedic Surgeon from Adelaide. Claire did a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at the University of Adelaide before entering graduate medicine at The Flinders University. Claire transferred to The Australian National University in Canberra mid medical degree and received her MBBS there. She then worked in Canberra for 5 years as a junior doctor before returning to her hometown of Adelaide to commence Orthopaedic Surgery Training in 2015. Claire received her fellowship in Orthopaedic Surgery from the Royal Australian College of Surgeons and the Australian Orthopaedic Association in February 2020.
Claire’s research interests include results and outcomes of soft tissue knee injuries, in particular ACL reconstructions and repairs, as well as results of total knee arthroplasty.