• Dr Laurence Meagher

Laurence Meagher is a Senior Principle Research Fellow at CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering. He has been with CSIRO for nearly 15 years, during which time his research has focussed on the translation of surface coating technologies in the area of biomedical applications. Currently his major interests are (i) the design and manufacture of chemically defined, fully synthetic surface coatings for the scaled culture of adult and pluripotent stem cells through the CRC for Polymers where he is a Program Leader; (ii) application of controlled free-radical surface coatings to reduce the foreign body reaction to implanted materials and for the control of cell-material interactions and (iii) the application of Radical Addition Fragmentation chain Transfer (RAFT) polymerisation to prepare polymers and surface coatings with antibacterial properties. He led the CSIRO effort towards the development of the AirOPTIXTM silicone hydrogel contact lens in collaboration with a broader team at CIBA Vision and the Vision CRC. Prior to joining CSIRO, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne and the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana where he conducted research in the area of surface force measurement applied to mineral processing and suspension rheology. His PhD was obtained from the Australian National University in the area of studies in Colloid Science where he applied surface force measurement to the problem of microfiltration membrane fouling.