BE (Hons I), MBiomedE, PhD, UNSW
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.
UNSW Faculty of Engineering Excellence in Leadership award (2020)
NSW Young Tall Poppy Science Award in recognition of the achievements of Australia’s outstanding young scientific researchers and communicators. (2014)
UNSW Emeritus Professor Maria Skyllas-Kazacos Young Professional Award for Outstanding Achievement Award for female alumni from UNSW Engineering in recognition of a significant achievement in their field. (2013)
Finalist in the Scopus Young Scientist of the Year Awards, Engineering and Technology Category. (2011)
Trans-continental award for a young scientist from the Federation of European Biochemical Societies. (2011)
New Investigator Award from the Matrix Biology Society of Australia and New Zealand recognised the research achievements of early career researchers in the field of matrix biology with less than 10 years post-doctoral experience. (2008)
UNSW Early Career Researcher Travel Award supported attendance at an international conference. (2007)
COST Action 537 Early Career Research Short Term Scientific Mission Award. European initiative that identified emerging researchers with a capacity for independent research in areas with direct health outcomes. (2007)
Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering International Travel Award. Society award for travel to international collaborator laboratory. (2006)
Joan Waugh Scholarship. Award from Tara Anglican School for Girls Old Girls' Association for excellence in chosen field and supported doctoral studies. (2004)
Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds Award. Supported international laboratory research visits to expand research skills and build collaborations. (2003)
Australian Research Council Linkage Project with Synedgen Inc (2020-2023) Understanding glycopolymer interactions with the extracellular matrix.
Diabetes Australia General Grant (2019) Bioengineered growth factor binding scaffolds.
Australian Research Council Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (2019) Advanced mechanical property testing suite.
Australian Research Council Discovery Project (2015-2019) Novel biomimetic vascular biomaterials using extracellular matrix molecules.
Australian Research Council Linkage Project with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service (2014-2019) Biomimetic blood bag materials for prolonged platelet storage.
Australian Research Council Linkage Project with Cochlear Ltd (2014-2018) Biological determinants of the safety and stability of neuroprosthetic stimulation electrodes.
National Heart Foundation (2011-2012) The roles of perlecan heparan sulphate in modulating vascular intimal hyperplasia.
Australian Research Council Linkage Project with Synedgen Inc (including Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship) (2010-2014) Targeted growth factor delivery using natural polysaccharide materials for bone regeneration.
Australian Research Council Discovery Project (2010-2013) Advanced nanoparticles as biocompatible antioxidant agents with targeting functionality.
Australian Research Council Linkage Project with HemCon Medical Technologies (2007-2010) Blood component interactions with polysaccharide biomaterials for vascular applications.
In addition, Associate Professor Lord has been awarded grant funding from UNSW through the Research Infrastructure Scheme, Career Advancement Fund, Faculty of Engineering Carers Award, Faculty of Engineering Early Career Researcher fund and School project support.