James Wong – Breathing while you hop: How do kangaroos do it?


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James Wong - Breathing while you hop: How do kangaroos do it?

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  Last updated May 16, 2018 at 3:51 pm

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James Wong (University of Western Australia) bounded onto the stage at the FameLab Australia 2018 National Final with his story of kangaroo lungs.


James aims to understand how the lungs and airways work in kangaroos. Whether their large body mass will adversely affect their breathing. He is taking on a comparative physiology approach that has been successful in understanding the mechanisms in different systems. His project will combine real breathing data measured while kangaroo hopping and MRI 3D modelling data to image the airway tree to tie the respiratory structure and function together.



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