2016 Selby Research Awards
The Selby Research Awards are granted annually by both the The University of Melbourne and The University of Sydney. The award is to assist an outstanding academic establish his or her research career. The Foundation congratulates:
Dr Daniel Heath
School of Engineering
University of Melbourne
Awarded on 16/09/2015
Current cardiovascular biomaterials initiate blood coagulation, and the accumulation of the blood clot leads to failure of devices such as small diameter vascular grafts. This is both life threatening to the patient and costly to society. This project aims to address this challenge by developing new polymeric materials that work with biology to result in improved healing. This will be accomplished by utilizing advanced polymer chemistry and organic chemistry techniques in order to incorporate cutting edge knowledge from the field of cell biology into a synthetic platform. The resulting will exhibit improved blood compatibility and possess strong market potential.
Impact statement: This project aims to develop a material with improved blood compatibility for use in cardiovascular biomedical device applications. Such a technology will support excellent basic and applied research, expand Australia's knowledge base and research capabilities, and foster the international competitiveness of Australian research.Back to Top
Dr Markus Muellner
School of Chemistry
University of Sydney
Awarded on 26/09/2016
Dr Muellner was awarded a PhD (summa cum laude) in 2012 by the University of Bayreuth, Germany, having studied in the Department of Macromolecular Chemistry and the Graduate School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences. He held postdoctoral positions at the University of Melbourne from 2012 to 2015, and was appointed as a lecturer in the School of Chemistry at the University of Sydney in June 2015. His research interests include polymer chemistry and nanotechnology.
Synopsis of research project:
Nanomedicine – the application of nanotechnology to solve multifaceted issues in the prevention, treatment and diagnosis of common diseases – is increasingly yielding tangible, beneficial outcomes. Recent findings, have established that the rod-like shape and stiffness of nanoparticles are fundamentally important in reaching and effectively treating cancerous tumours. The 2016 Selby Research Award will support work on the development of polymer-based nanomedicines with improved tumour penetration. In this project we will advance cylindrical polymer brush nanoparticles to a modular platform technology to produce tailored, length-specific polymer nanorods for biomedical applications. I will use this funding to strengthen transdisciplinary collaboration with European partners, and cover costs associated with biological studies and advanced microscopy.