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Biography

Neil Cameron is the Monash Warwick Alliance Professor of Polymer Materials. He splits his time between the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Monash University (Australia) and the School of Engineering at the University of Warwick (U.K.). Research activities are directed towards developing novel polymeric biomaterials for application in areas including tissue engineering, regenerative medicine and drug delivery.

Research interests

Neil’s research interests lie at the interface between materials chemistry and biology. We use modern synthetic chemistry to create designed macromolecules and materials that interrogate, interrupt or mimic biological systems and processes. This in turn leads to opportunities to create novel systems with therapeutic or biotechnological applications. Research projects fall into one or more of the following interlinked themes. New Tools for Biology: scaffolds for 3D cell culture; glycopolymers; polypeptides New Tools for Chemistry: supported catalysts, organocatalysts, biocatalysts and reagents; novel materials; new mass spectrometry methods for polymer sequencing. Materials for Medicine: tissue engineering; regenerative medicine; nanomedicine; targeted delivery Synthetic Biology: polymersomes as protocells.

Neil’s current work in the group is exploring i) polypeptide nanoparticles and nanocapsules for drug delivery to the posterior segment of the eye; ii) glycosylated giant polymersomes as protocells; iii) emulsion templated and electrospun porous scaffolds as 3D cell culture substrates; iv) biodegradable emulsion templated scaffolds for the regeneration of ligaments and tendons; v) surface chemical functionalization of porous materials to allow attachment of molecules of interest; vi) self-assembling nanostructures from biocompatible polypeptide block copolymers; vii) the application of novel mass spectrometry methods to polymer sequencing; viii) chemical functionalization of cellulose; ix) network polymers of enhanced chemical resistance.

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Research Output 1995 2019

Covalent Attachment of Fibronectin onto Emulsion-Templated Porous Polymer Scaffolds Enhances Human Endometrial Stromal Cell Adhesion, Infiltration, and Function

Richardson, S. A., Rawlings, T. M., Muter, J., Walker, M., Brosens, J. J., Cameron, N. R. & Eissa, A. M., 1 Feb 2019, In : Macromolecular Bioscience. 19, 2, 10 p., 1800351.

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Optimized peptide functionalization of thiol-acrylate emulsion-templated porous polymers leads to expansion of human pluripotent stem cells in 3D culture

Ratcliffe, J. L., Walker, M., Eissa, A. M., Du, S., Przyborski, S. A., Laslett, A. L. & Cameron, N. R., 9 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry. 8 p.

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Polydimethylsiloxane-based giant glycosylated polymersomes with tunable bacterial affinity

Martin, L., Gurnani, P., Zhang, J., Hartlieb, M., Cameron, N. R., Eissa, A. M. & Perrier, S., 11 Mar 2019, In : Biomacromolecules. 20, 3, p. 1297-1307 11 p.

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Ultra-high molecular weight linear coordination polymers with terpyridine ligands

Lewis, R. W., Malic, N., Saito, K., Evans, R. A. & Cameron, N. R., 28 Jun 2019, In : Chemical Science. 10, 24, p. 6174-6183 10 p.

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Enhanced Differentiation Potential of Primary Human Endometrial Cells Cultured on 3D Scaffolds

Eissa, A. M., Barros, F. S. V., Vrljicak, P., Brosens, J. J. & Cameron, N. R., 13 Aug 2018, In : Biomacromolecules. 19, 8, p. 3343-3350 8 p.

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