From Edinburgh, Scotland, Michael is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) at the University of Queensland. His research is focussed on understanding biomaterial tissue mechanics for application to novel micro-devices for drug and vaccine delivery. Specifically, he employs mechanical engineering testing techniques to understand how to better design devices for functional interaction with epithelial tissue. He earned his MEng (Hons) in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Glasgow in 2007, followed by a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Queensland’s AIBN in 2012. He then joined a start-up company working to translate a medical device from laboratory testing to human clinical trials, which was built upon the devices that he was working on during his PhD. His focus within the company was on engineering a device for scale up to human, performing a range of pre-clinical trials. At the beginning of 2014 Michael returned to an academic research role at the University of Queensland where he continues to work on novel biomedical device research, with a keen focus on translatable technologies. His goal is to be able to expand understanding of biological interactions for microdevices and subsequently apply these with advanced manufacturing techniques for rapid translation of low cost healthcare.
Michael is also a passionate advocate for Early Career Research development and sits on the Australian Academy of Science Early and Mid Career Researcher Forum Executive (https://www.science.org.au/emcr-forum-executive) and the AIBN EMCR Support Committee.
- Biomedical Microdevices
A focus on understanding the material properties of biological tissues in order to develop novel devices that can interact with these tissues for drug or vaccine delivery
- Biomaterials testing
Materials testing techniques to identify fundamental properties of materials that are relevant for medical interaction. This is a particular focus on the milli- to micro- scale, including indentation, AFM, imaging.
- Vaccine delivery
Development of devices and techniques for precision delivery into skin or other tissue.