Faculty of Health, Arts and Design

Bioelectromagnetic Research Group

The Bioelectromagnetic Research Group explores the neurological and health effects of mobile phones and exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF). We measure and assess EMF exposures in the environment and within living systems through biological experiments at Swinburne’s Cellular Neuroscience Laboratory.

The group’s primary research hub is the Radiofrequency (RF) Dosimetry Laboratory, a purpose-built facility commissioned in a joint venture between Swinburne and Telstra Corporation Ltd.

The group’s interests include:

  • EMF safety exposure assessments
  • complex modelling of EMF and thermal patterns inside living systems,
  • bioelectromagnetic cellular studies
  • biophysical aspects of neurophysiological equipment.

Read more about the Bioelectromagnetic Research Group by reading about our people and projects.

NHMRC Centre of Excellence: Australian Centre for Electromagnetic Bioeffects Research

Swinburne is a node of the Australian Centre for Electromagnetic Bioeffects Research (ACEBR), a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centre of Research Excellence.

The Swinburne node focuses on studying three research priorities outlined by the World Health Organization:

  • Assessing characteristic radiofrequency (RF) EMF emissions, exposure scenarios and corresponding exposure levels for new and emerging RF technologies and changes in the use of established technologies
  • Quantifying personal exposures from a range of RF sources and identifying the determinants of exposure in the general population
  • Monitoring of personal exposure of RF workers.