Megan Lord is Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Director of the Molecular Surface Interaction Network Laboratory at UNSW.
Associate Professor Lord has a Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering, Master of Biomedical Engineering and First class Honours degree in Chemical Engineering from UNSW. She publishes widely in biomaterials and extracellular matrix biochemistry with a focus on vascular applications. Her research has been supported by a number of grants including a prestigious Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship (2010-2012). She has published over 80 peer-reviewed scholarly articles and delivered invited keynote lectures in Australia and internationally.
Associate Professor Lord serves on the Standards Australia committee HE-030 Biological and Clinical Evaluation of Medical Devices that reviews and ratifies the International Standard ISO 10993 and TC 194. She is the President of the Matrix Biology Society of Australia and New Zealand. In 2014, Associate Professor Lord was named a NSW Young Tall Poppy by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science.
Associate Professor Lord's research is interdisciplinary combining the fields of biomaterials and extracellular matrix biochemistry with a focus on vascular applications and utilises her expertise on the analysis of dynamic interactions between cells, proteins and biomaterials. She utilises biomimetic approaches to develop biomaterials that effectively interface with the vasculature for applications as anticoagulant therapies, blood component storage, vascular grafts, soft tissue repair such as diabetic wounds and targeting the vasculature for cancer drug delivery therapy. She collaborates widely with industry and international academic institutions and is driven to make novel contributions to science that will benefit society.
Associate Professor Lord has a track record of research student training having supervised to completion 16 PhD, 5 Masters by Research, 2 Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) and over 130 Engineering thesis students. She currently leads a team of 14 researchers across the post-doctoral, doctoral and undergraduate levels.
PhD/Masters positions available. Associate Professor Lord is seeking talented candidates to work with her to understand how glycopolymers interact with the blood vessel interface, an extracellular matrix at the surface of endothelial cells. These findings have implications for the discovery of effective treatments for vascular complications associated with conditions such as diabetes and cancer. This project is suited to candidates interested in developing their skills in biomaterials, biochemistry and biophysics and interested in working on a collaborative project with Synedgen Inc. An attractive scholarship package is available for domestic candidates who meet the eligibility criteria (Australian citizen or permanent resident and hold the equivalent of a First-class Honours degree in Engineering, Science or related field). Please contact Megan for more information.