MSc (Copenhagen), PhD (Copenhagen)
Chemistry Associate Professor
+61 7 336 53671

During my postgraduate studies I spent two years at the Research School of Chemistry, the Australian National University (Canberra). After completing my PhD degree I was an assistant lecturer at the University of Roskilde, Denmark, from 1995 to 1997 after which I held various positions as Postdoctoral Fellows at The University of Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology. I was appointed to a lectureship at The University of Queensland in 2002, promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2006 and to Associate Professor in 2012.

Brief Research Description: 
Biomaterials for bone repair and regeneration
Research Focus and Collaborations: 

My research group explores research in the area of biomaterials science. (1) One area of research involves the chemical modification and assembly of polysaccharides. These assemblies are used in tissue engineering application as well as in drug delivery of biological factors. Of particular interest is stimulation of growth at non-union bone fractures. (2) The second area of research involves fabrication of hydroxyapatite nano-particles. We investigate growth inhibition by polymers, surface modification of the nano-particles as well as fabrication of nano-composites for biomaterial applications. (3) A third area of research involves the surface modification of polymeric and metallic biomaterials to fine tune their surface properties (topography, wettability, and chemistry) so as to obtain the desired biological response for a given application. We use gamma-irradiation induced grafting of functional monomers and gas plasma treatment and through a variety of in vitro tests we can evaluate the success of our treatment.

Secondary Research Areas: 
Funded Projects: 

ARC Discovery Project 2010-2012
Scalable, high throughput microfluidic platforms for tissue specific biomaterials development and tissue genesis (J Cooper-White, N Fisk, L Grøndahl, E Wolvetang)
Total value of grant: $400,000


Physical chemistry, nano-science and materials chemistry

Significant Professional Activities and Awards: 
  • President of The Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
Group Members
Dr Anitha Sudheesh Kumar UQ Postdoctoral Fellow
Recent Supervision

Current PhD advisor: Principal Advisor 4, Associate Advisor 2

Previous PhD advisor: Aparna Jejurikar (2011) 'Development of Hydrogel Biomaterials for Articular Cartilage Replacement'.  Emma Lung-Van (2009) ‘ Heparan sulphate releasing biomaterials for tissue engineering’.  Shuko Suzuki (2008) ‘In Vitro Mineralisation of Well-Defined Polymers and Surfaces’.  Adrienne Chandler Temple (2007) ‘Surface Modification of an Expanded Poly(tetrafluoroethylene) Implant’.

Selected Publications: