|Conference Scientific Chair|
Prof. Laurence Meagher, MIME
The Monash Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME)
Laurence Meagher is the Deputy Director/Director of Research at the Monash Institute of Medical Engineering and Professor in Monash University’s Department of Material Science and Engineering.
Prior to joining Monash University, he worked at CSIRO Manufacturing. Over the last 18 years, his research focus has been biomedical materials, most notably in the area of silicone hydrogel contact lenses, where he was part of a team that developed the CIBA Vision’s second-generation Air OPTIXTM product. More recent research interests include the development of bioactive surface coatings for commercial applications such as synthetic, chemically defined materials for scaled ex vivo stem cell expansion, polymeric and liposomal vehicles for drug and protein delivery, “stealth” and bioactive coatings for biomedical implants and antibacterial materials and surface coatings for biomedical devices. Many of the approaches use controlled radical polymerisation techniques such as atom transfer radical polymerisation (ATRP) and reversible addition-fragmentation chain-transfer (RAFT) polymerisation and include both surface initiated and solution polymer strategies.
Since joining Monash University, amongst other research areas, he has been applying the approaches used to develop bioactive surface coatings to prepare hydrogel systems useful in 3D cell culture and cell bioprinting, as well as the use of 3D printed, degradable polymer scaffolds in regenerative medicine.