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Biography

Research Statement: Dr Whittaker is expert in advanced polymerisation techniques and the synthesis / modification / characterisation of functional soft and hard matter. In his research career he has demonstrated the use of these materials to form functional and smart polymer materials and hybrid organic/inorganic nanoparticles with precise architectures and properties. As well as providing fundamental insights and new methods for materials synthesis, his transdisciplinary research has focused on using these functional materials as building blocks for advanced functional nano/materials used in a range of high-end technologies: precision nanomedicines (therapeutic drug, DNA, RNA delivery: and clinical imaging), bio-coatings and environmental remediation.

Professional Experience: After spending a number of years in industry he received his Ph-D in polymer chemistry in 2000 from the University of Queensland for work investigating the molecular dynamics and diffusion within hydrogel polymer networks using advanced solid state NMR techniques.

In 2001 he joined Bio-Layer Pty Ltd as a Senior Research Scientist where he developed new methods for the modification, synthesis and self-assembly of polymer interfaces to preferentially orientate antibodies. During this period of industry employment he also held an adjunct lecturer position within the University of New South Wales. In 2004, he joined the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN: http://www.aibn.uq.edu.au/) as Research Fellow. From 2008 until May 2013 he served as the Research Manager, and Senior Research Fellow, for both the Centre of Advanced Macromolecular Design (CAMD: www.camd.unsw.edu.au) and the Australian Centre for Nanomedicine (ACN: www.acn.unsw.edu.au), University of New South Wales.

Currently he is Senior Research Fellow within the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, a visiting academic at University of Warwick (UK) and visiting Professor with the group of Prof. Laurent Fontaine, University du Maine (France).

 

 Founding Chair of the hugely successful PolymerVic symposium series.

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Research interests

Current research interests also include:

1. Toxicology of nanoparticles,
2. Synthesis of 'smart' hybrid inorganic/organic nanomaterials,
3. Application of advanced polymer materials in environmental (soil/water) remediation,
4. Applications of advanced polymer materials in theranostic nanomedicine.

Research area keywords

  • Drug Delivery
  • Imaging
  • Nano-Materials
  • Nanomedicine
  • Nanotechnology
  • Nanotoxicology
  • Polymeric Materials

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Projects 2014 2022

Understanding the kinetics of nanomedicine clearance from healthy and diseased lungs

Kaminskas, L., Whittaker, M. & Whittaker, A. K.

1/04/1931/03/22

Project: Research

IRTG: International Research Training Grant (IRTG)_Renewal of Molecular pathogenesis of male reproductive disorders project

Meinhardt, A., Loveland, K., Bhushan, S., Ellem, S. J., Hedger, M., O'Bryan, M., O'Donnell, L., Stanton, P., Risbridger, G., Baker, M. A., Hobbs, R., Loveland, B., Exintaris, B., Western, P., McLachlan, R., Whittaker, M., Wagenlehner, F. M. E., Bergmann, M., Diemer, T., Fietz, D., Fijak, M., Konrad, L., Linn, T., Middendorff, R., Pilatz, A., Schagdarsurengin, U., Schuppe, H. C., Steger, K. & Scheiner-Bobis, G.

1/10/1731/03/22

Project: Research

Optimal formulations of PolyActiva's drug-polymer conjugates

Whittaker, M., Sulistio, A. & Valade, D.

3/04/173/04/18

Project: Research

Research Output 1995 2019

An optimised Cu(0)-RDRP approach for the synthesis of lipidated oligomeric vinyl azlactone: toward a versatile antimicrobial materials screening platform

Grace, J. L., Amado, M., Reid, J. C., Elliott, A. G., Landersdorfer, C. B., Truong, N. P., Kempe, K., Cooper, M. A., Davis, T. P., Montembault, V., Pascual, S., Fontaine, L., Velkov, T., Quinn, J. F. & Whittaker, M. R., 21 Nov 2019, In : Journal of Materials Chemistry B. 7, 43, p. 6796-6809 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

A pH-responsive nanoparticle targets the neurokinin 1 receptor in endosomes to prevent chronic pain

Ramirez Garcia, P. D., Retamal, J. S., Shenoy, P., Imlach, W., Sykes, M., Truong, N., Constandil, L., Pelissier, T., Nowell, C. J., Khor, S. Y., Layani, L. M., Lumb, C., Poole, D. P., Lieu, T., Stewart, G. D., Mai, Q. N., Jensen, D. D., Latorre, R., Scheff, N. N., Schmidt, B. L. & 5 others, Quinn, J. F., Whittaker, M. R., Veldhuis, N. A., Davis, T. P. & Bunnett, N. W., 4 Nov 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Nature Nanotechnology. 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

11 Citations (Scopus)

Controlling Nanomaterial Size and Shape for Biomedical Applications via Polymerization-Induced Self-Assembly

Khor, S. Y., Quinn, J. F., Whittaker, M. R., Truong, N. P. & Davis, T. P., Jan 2019, In : Macromolecular Rapid Communications. 40, 2, 22 p., 1800438.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Development of a Shape-Controlled H2S Delivery System Using Epoxide-Functional Nanoparticles

Yu, S. H., Esser, L., Khor, S. Y., Senyschyn, D., Veldhuis, N. A., Whittaker, M. R., Ercole, F., Davis, T. P. & Quinn, J. F., 2019, In : Journal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry. 57, 18, p. 1982–1993 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Intra-articular Treatment of Osteoarthritis with Diclofenac-Conjugated Polymer Reduces Inflammation and Pain

Sulistio, A., Mansfeld, F. M., Reyes-Ortega, F., D'Souza, A. M., Ng, S. M. Y., Birkett, S., Blencowe, A., Qiao, G. G., Little, C. B., Shu, C. C., Bendele, A. M., Valade, D., Donohue, A. C., Quinn, J. F., Whittaker, M. R., Davis, T. P. & Tait, R. J., 24 May 2019, In : ACS Applied Bio Materials. 2, 7, p. 2822-2832 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Prizes

Australian/Shell Innovation Challenge 2011 - University of Quensland

Mikey Whittaker (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Australian Mining Awards 2011 - University of Quensland

Mikey Whittaker (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Finalist UniQuest Trailblazer 2006 and 2008 - University of Quensland

Mikey Whittaker (Recipient), 2006

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2007 2018

  • 4 Contribution to conference
  • 3 Membership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board
  • 2 Contribution to workshop, seminar, course

12th International Symposium on Polymer Therapeutics: From Laboratory to Clinical Practice

Mikey Whittaker (Invited speaker)
2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

9th International Nanomedicine Conference

Mikey Whittaker (Organiser)
2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

26th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Conference 2018

Mikey Whittaker (Keynote/plenary speaker)
3 Apr 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

RACI Centenary Congress

Mikey Whittaker (Invited speaker)
2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

French-Australian Friendly: Advanced Materials Workshop

Mikey Whittaker (Organiser)
2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course