Poul Michael Fonss Nielsen
Neonatology, Paediatric Endocrinology
Auckland University of Technology
Poul has a Bachelor of Science in Maths and Physics, and a Bachelor of Engineering and Phd in Engineering Science, from the University of Auckland.
Poul's research focuses on using novel instrumentation, detailed computational models, and quantitative descriptions of physical processes to gain a better understanding of human physiology. Many of his projects couple mathematical modelling with innovative instrumentation to improve our ability to understand and interpret measurements of complex biological systems, subject to the constraints of well-understood physical conservation and balance laws. Poul's research projects include: Physiome: an integrated multi-centric program to design, develop, implement, test and document, archive and disseminate quantitative information and integrative models of the functional behaviour of organelles, cells, tissues, organs, and organisms; CellML: an open standard to store and exchange computer-based mathematical models; FieldML: a declarative language for representing the dynamic geometry and solution fields of computational models; Breast mechanics: computational biomechanical models to improve the detection of breast cancer using information obtained from a variety of imaging modalities; Muscle microcalorimetry: to identify the dynamic stiffness of isolated rat trabeculae while simultaneously recording muscle heat production;