After obtaining a PhD in Materials Engineering, Dr Nisbet received an Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue a 4 year postdoctorate in tissue engineering and the fabrication of artificial stem cell microenvironments. He is a chief investigator on 2 ARC discovery projects and in 2010 he was also awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to spend 6 months studying surface science and biofunctionalisation at the University of California Berkeley. This has allowed him to develop a truly interdisciplinary skill set that encompasses materials engineering, nanotechnology, bioconjugation chemistry, surface science, molecular and stem cell biology and neurosurgery. He has benefited from working with leaders in his field, spending 6 months working Prof. Molly Shoichet at the University of Toronto and for the second half of 2011 will work with Prof. Kevin Healy at the University of California Berkeley.
- Biomedical Engineering
- Central Nervous System
- Cellular Interactions (Incl. Adhesion, Matrix, Cell Wall)
- Cell Development, Proliferation And Death
- Regenerative Medicine (Incl. Stem Cells And Tissue Engineering)
- Functional Materials
- Polymers And Plastics
David works in the area of biomedical engineering at the Research School of Engineering, and his work has some important and exciting applications. For example, successful stem cell transplantation technology would be the means of replacing lost brain cells and would represent a major scientific breakthrough that would revolutionise medical treatments. After obtaining a PhD in Materials Engineering in 2009, David received an Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue research in tissue engineering and the fabrication of artificial stem cell microenvironments. A Fulbright Scholar, he says he is not just interested in making new materials, but in making sure they can be used by doctors and surgeons to improve health.
"I am developing new materials that support the growth of human cells. More specifically, I engineer synthetic environments for stem cells that promote their survival and function. From this we hope to regenerate brain cells and pathways that have become damaged, either through injury or through diseases such as Parkinson disease."
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