Australian Research Council Training Centre for Innovative BioEngineering


Alliance for Design and Application in
Tissue Engineering


Alliance for Design and Application in Tissue Engineering

ADATE is an inter-institutional network that aims to generate interdisciplinary awareness, inspire new research and teaching initiatives, and foster university, clinical, industry and government collaboration in the area of tissue engineering. 

We have grown into an international network facilitating collaborations and exchanges between professors in the US, Europe and China with Australian researchers. The most prominent universities in the network are Sydney, Harvard, Tufts, PENN, Stanford, Hong Kong and Drexel.

Every two years we convene an international symposium on tissue engineering.

ADATE was known as the Sydney University Tissue Engineering Network (SuTEN) from March 2006 to early 2013.

Visit the ADATE website here.

Research Areas

ADATE aims to help researchers and their future collaborators find each other, whether they be from across campus, across the city, or from the private sector.

Researchers and clinicians in ADATE cover a wide range of research and clinical disciplines, in locations across Sydney, including Universities and other research organisations, hospitals, and in the private sector. 

Researchers in the network range from applied scientists (working on new materials for e.g.), to biomedical scientists (working on understanding how the body works and cures for diseases and conditions), to biomaterial and device manufacturers, through to clinical specialists and surgeons, who are often the end users of tissue engineering research outputs.

People listed by the Clinical Areasfor which they have carried out or applied their Tissue Engineering or Biomaterial research. People listed by the Technology or skills which they apply to their Tissue Engineering or Biomaterial research.

ADATE Researchers and Clinicians have experience in the following clinical areas:

Clinical Research Areas

Below is a list of clinical areas for which Network members have applied their Tissue Engineering or Biomaterial research:

  • Neurodegenerative disease
  • Nerve Injury 
  • Musculoskeletal disease and conditions
  • Ophthalmological conditions 
  • Maxillofacial / craniofacial conditions 
  • Dental conditions 
  • Uro-genital conditions 
  • Respiratory conditions 
  • Gastrointestinal conditions 
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Organ failure 
  • Dermatological/Epithelial conditions 
  • General (ie applied scientists and engineers, willing to collaborate in any clinical area)

Technologies or Skills

Below is a list of technologies or skills that Network members may have applied to their Tissue Engineering or Biomaterial research:

  • Scaffolds: architecture, fabrication, characterisation 
  • Biomaterials: synthesis, degradation, toxicology, biocompatability 
  • Developmental biology related to regenerative medicine 
  • Stem cell: biology, manipulation and differentiation 
  • Adult cell sourcing
  • Cell culture, cell manipulation 
  • Cell-biomaterial surface interactions 
  • Mechanotransduction, topographical cues 
  • Maintenance of phenotype in 3D scaffolds 
  • Molecular signalling, including growth factors 
  • Gene transfection 
  • Vasculogenesis and angiogenesis
  • Implantation of tissue engineered constructs
  • Immune responses and immunomodulation 
  • Inflammation
  • Nutrition & oxygenation of tissue engineering constructs
  • Imaging and diagnosis of relevant disease states 
  • Anatomical and functional imaging of regenerating tissue 
  • Computational modelling of tissue regeneration 
  • Engineering of tissues for drug evaluation and cancer biology 
  • Animal models for tissue engineering 
  • Clinical/Surgery (ie end user of Tissue Engineering Technologies

Get Involved

Contact Us

Please contact ADATE Chair Professor Hala Zreiqat if you have any enquiries:

Phone: +61 2 9351 2392

How to Join ADATE

If you’re interested in joining the Alliance for Design and Application in Tissue Engineering, feel free to contact us at or +61 2 9351 2392.

Please also send contact details and a short description of your Tissue Engineering expertise or interest.