Advisory Board

Professor Justin Cooper-White

Justin Cooper-White, Ph.D. is a global leader in using engineering to solve problems in biology. In addition to holding the position of Group Leader at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, he is Director of the Australian National Fabrication Facility-Queensland Node and is one of only 13 CSIRO Office of the Chief Executive Science Leaders across the country. He is a past President of both the Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering and the Australian Society of Rheology and has previously served as an Associate Dean (Research) at the UQ Faculty of Engineering, Architecture, and Information Technology.
Justin has many past and currently active international collaborations with world leading research groups at MIT (US); Stanford (USA); ETH (Switzerland); EPFL (Switzerland); SNU (Korea); University Of Grenoble (France); Politecnico di Milano (Italy); UCL (UK); and the Max Planck Institute (Germany). He has performed contract research and consultancy work for Unilever in the UK; Nestle International, Switzerland; Rhodia, US; Inion, Finland since 2001 and a Queensland primary business. He has previously held a Visiting Professor Fellowship (2007) at ETH Zurich and a Politecnico di Milano Visiting Professor Fellowship (2012–2013).
He is the associate editor of the Korean-Australian Rheology Journal; serves or has served on the editorial boards of Biomaterials Science, Rheological Acta, Soft Materials, Biomicrofluidics, and the Open Biomedical Engineering Journal; and is a reviewer of major international journals, including Nature Methods, Advanced Materials, Lab on a Chip, Stem Cells, Stem Cells and Development, Biomacromolecules, Tissue Engineering, Langmuir, Biomaterials, and Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics.
His recent publications include Modulation of stem cell adhesion and morphology via facile control over surface presentation of cell adhesion molecules, The effect of time-dependent deformation of viscoelastic hydrogels on myogenic induction and Rac1 activity in mesenchymal stem cells, Effects of bound versus soluble pentosan polysulphate in PEG/HA-based hydrogels tailored for intervertebral disc regeneration, Effects of cell density and biomacromolecule addition on the flow behavior of concentrated mesenchymal cell suspensions, Microbioreactor array screening of Wnt modulators and microenvironmental factors in osteogenic differentiation of Mesenchymal progenitor cells, and Gelation Kinetics and Viscoelastic Properties of Pluronic and alpha-Cyclodextrin-Based Pseudopolyrotaxane Hydrogels.
Justin is the inventor on six international patents. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering (Biomedical Polymers) at the University of Queensland in 2000 and his Bachelors of Engineering (Chemical) at the University of Queensland in 1991.
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