About us

Meet our team members

Monash Musculoskeletal Research Unit consists of a growing team of researchers, research assistants, higher degree students and collaborators. Our team is involved in multiple randomised controlled trials evaluating interventions for musculoskeletal disorders, telerehabilitation and laboratory research integrating imaging, biomechanics, wearable sensor technology and neurophysiological techniques. Our research projects involve national and international collaborations. Find out more about our team members.

A/Prof Peter Malliaras, Co-director, MMRU

Associate Professor Peter Malliaras is a physiotherapist and clinical researcher. His practice focuses on the management of people with lower limb tendinopathy and he has an international reputation in this area. He has been active in tendinopathy research for over 15 years. He has published a substantial amount of related original research (>120 publications) which has led to changes in practice via guideline development and invited narrative clinical reviews published in high-impact clinical journals. His current research focus is on understanding exercise mechanisms and improving exercise and education interventions for common and troublesome tendinopathies, primarily rotator cuff-related shoulder pain, Achilles and patellar tendinopathy.

Dr Luke Perraton, Co-director, MMRU

Dr Luke Perraton is an Australian Physiotherapy Association titled sports and exercise and musculoskeletal physiotherapist and a physiotherapy educator and researcher in the department of Physiotherapy at Monash University. He has a special interest in knee and anterior cruciate ligament injuries and mechanisms of neuromuscular control following knee injury/surgery. He has published >40 peer reviewed journal articles on the management and diagnosis of injuries, pain, orthopaedic surgery and exercise interventions. Luke developed and leads the @MonashMRU podcast team to help translate musculoskeletal research for clinicians.

Current Monash Musculoskeletal Research Unit HDR students

Joel Martin

Project title: The biomechanical measurement of hopping in the recreational runner with Achilles tendinopathy.

Higher degree: PhD
Year commenced: 2019
PT or FT: PT
Location: Clayton/Peninsula

About Joel: Joel is a physiotherapist and PhD student in the department of physiotherapy at Monash University. Clinically, Joel works predominantly with patients with lower-limb running-related injuries including tendinopathy. Joel has an interest in understanding the mechanisms that cause Achilles tendon pain, particularly in runners, and the treatment options to manage this condition. Joel has experience working in the sporting setting, large-scale research projects and biomechanical gait analysis labs, and uses these experiences to help guide his current research interests and clinical practice.

Eman Merza

Project title: Is Achilles tendinopathy reversible?

Higher degree: PhD
Year commenced: 2019
PT or FT: PT
Location: Clayton

About Eman: Eman is a full time PhD student in the department of physiotherapy at Monash University. Eman’s PhD research is investigating how different doses of acute isometric loading affect biomechanical properties of the Achilles tendon in people with Achilles tendinopathy. She is also investigating factors that could influence or predict rehabilitation outcomes.

Sanam Tavakkoli Oskouei

Project title: The Contribution of Mechanical properties of Achilles tendon and Sensorimotor Characteristics on Balance and Mobility in Non-Athletic People with Achilles Tendinopathy.

Higher degree: PhD
Year commenced: 2019
PT or FT: FT
Location: Clayton

About Sanam: Sanam is a physiotherapist and PhD student in the department of physiotherapy at Monash University. Her research focus is on understanding the influence of calf muscle impairments on function in people with Achilles tendinopathy by studying sensorimotor and tendon mechanical properties, balance, and physical activity. Sanam’s PhD research also includes novel methods for remote monitoring of pain and load related to physical activity and their influence on rehabilitation outcomes.

Patrick Vallance

Project title: Exercise induced hypoalgesia in Achilles tendinopathy.

Higher degree: Masters of Research
Year commenced: 2018
PT or FT: PT
Location: Peninsula campus

About Patrick: Patrick is a physiotherapist and PhD student in the department of physiotherapy at Monash University. Patrick works clinically in a sports medicine clinic in Langwarrin, Victoria, Australia and has a special interest in managing tendinopathy and pain. His PhD research is investigating mechanisms for changes in pain following exercise in people with Achilles Tendinopathy.

  Josh Naunton

Project title: Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy: Progressing practice beyond images and injections.

Higher degree: MPhil
Year commenced: 2018
PT or FT: FT
Location:

About Josh: Josh is an experienced APA titled Sport and Exercise Physiotherapist and M.Phil student in the department of physiotherapy at Monash University. He has experience working privately, as an advanced practice Physiotherapist (Emergency Department and Musculoskeletal) and in elite/professional sport. He has a strong passion for best practice care in musculoskeletal and sports injury management. He is particularly interested in seeing high value care delivered for patients and improved outcomes in management of RC tendinopathy.

 Baraa Alsulaimani

Project title: Immediate and short-term effects of radial extracorporeal shockwave therapy on insertional Achilles tendinopathy.

Higher degree: PhD
Year commenced: 2019
PT or FT: FT

About Baraa: Baraa is a physiotherapist and PhD student in the department of physiotherapy at Monash University. His PhD research is centred around a large clinical trial investigating the effects of extracorporeal shockwave therapy on clinical outcomes for people with insertional Achilles tendinopathy.

Overseas students

Igor Sancho

Project title: Treating runners with Achilles tendinopathy.

Higher degree: PhD
Year commenced: 2016
PT or FT: PT
Location: San Sebastian, Spain

About Igor: Josh is an experienced APA titled Sport and Exercise Physiotherapist and M.Phil student in the department of physiotherapy at Monash University. He has experience working privately, as an advanced practice Physiotherapist (Emergency Department and Musculoskeletal) and in elite/professional sport. He has a strong passion for best practice care in musculoskeletal and sports injury management. He is particularly interested in seeing high value care delivered for patients and improved outcomes in management of RC tendinopathy.