Dr. Mawad has been appointed a lecturer at the School of Materials Science and Engineering, UNSW Australia in August 2015 after completing her Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship in Imperial College London, UK. From 2008 to 2012, she was a Research Fellow at the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI), University of Wollongong.
Her research interests are in polymeric bioelectronics applied in tissue engineering. Current projects include:
- Enhancing the electronic stability of conducting polymers in physiological conditions by tailoring the chemistry of conjugated polymers and developing fabrication techniques that allow the dopant to be retained in the matrix.
- 3D electroactive scaffolds for cell seeding, proliferation and differentiation.
- Sutureless conductive patches for cardiac regeneration with micropatterned surfaces for cell alignment and photo-adhesion to tissue
- Investigations of the effect of electrically bio stable conjugated systems on the electro-physiology of electro-responsive tissues.
- Development of conjugated nanoparticles for photo-thermal therapy and on-demand drug delivery.
- 3D printing of biological scaffolds.