1995 …2022

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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

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

Delivery of polymeric nanostars for molecular imaging and endoradiotherapy through the enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect

Goos, J. A. C. M., Cho, A., Carter, L. M., Dilling, T. R., Davydova, M., Mandleywala, K., Puttick, S., Gupta, A., Price, W. S., Quinn, J. F., Whittaker, M. R., Lewis, J. S. & Davis, T. P., 1 Jan 2020, In : Theranostics. 10, 2, p. 567-584 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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Design and preclinical evaluation of nanostars for the passive pretargeting of tumor tissue

Goos, J. A. C. M., Davydova, M., Dilling, T. R., Cho, A., Cornejo, M. A., Gupta, A., Price, W. S., Puttick, S., Whittaker, M. R., Quinn, J. F., Davis, T. P. & Lewis, J. S., 1 May 2020, In : Nuclear Medicine and Biology. 84-85, p. 63-72 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Elucidating the effect of sequence and degree of polymerization on antimicrobial properties for block copolymers

Barbon, S. M., Truong, N. P., Elliott, A. G., Cooper, M. A., Davis, T. P., Whittaker, M. R., Hawker, C. J. & Anastasaki, A., 7 Jan 2020, In : Polymer Chemistry. 11, 1, p. 84-90 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)

pH-Responsive copolymer micelles to enhance itraconazole efficacy against Candida albicans biofilms

Albayaty, Y. N., Thomas, N., Ramírez-García, P. D., Davis, T. P., Quinn, J. F., Whittaker, M. R. & Prestidge, C. A., 28 Feb 2020, In : Journal of Materials Chemistry B. 8, 8, p. 1672-1681 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Polymers with Dithiobenzoate End Groups Constitutively Release Hydrogen Sulfide upon Exposure to Cysteine and Homocysteine

Urquhart, M. C., Dao, N. V., Ercole, F., Boyd, B. J., Davis, T. P., Whittaker, M. R. & Quinn, J. F., 21 Apr 2020, In : ACS Macro Letters. 9, 4, p. 553-557 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Prizes

Australian/Shell Innovation Challenge 2011 - University of Quensland

Whittaker, Mikey (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Australian Mining Awards 2011 - University of Quensland

Whittaker, Mikey (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Finalist UniQuest Trailblazer 2006 and 2008 - University of Quensland

Whittaker, Mikey (Recipient), 2006

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities

  • 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

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

9th International Nanomedicine Conference

Mikey Whittaker (Organiser)

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