Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Professor Justin Cooper-White is the Head of the School of Chemical Engineering at The University of Queensland (UQ) and Professor of Bioengineering in the UQ School of Chemical Engineering.

He is Senior Group Leader in the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (UQ), Director of the Australian National Fabrication Facility - Queensland Node (ANFF-Q), Co-Director of the UQ Centre in Stem Cell Ageing and Regenerative Engineering (UQ-StemCARE), Chief Scientific Officer of Scaled Biolabs Inc., a lab-on-a chip start-up based in San Francisco, and Editor-in-Chief of APL Bioengineering, published by American Institute of Physics Publishing (New York).

Professor Cooper-White has over 200 journal papers, published in high impact journals in the field of Bioengineering (including ACS Nano, Science Advances, Nature Communications, Nature Protocols, Nature Microbiol., Biomaterials, Lab on a Chip, Cell Stem Cell, Stem Cells Trans. Med., Integrative Biology and APL Bioengineering). He has produced six Worldwide patent families that have reached National Phase Entry in USA, Europe, and Australia in the areas of formulation design for agriproducts, microbioreactor arrays and tissue engineering scaffolds.

He has received numerous awards, including most recently CSIRO OCE Science Leader Fellowship (2013-2018), the AON Insurance and Life Sciences Queensland Regenerative Medicine Award (2015) and the NHMRC Marshall and Warren Award for Research Excellence (2015). His research is focused on understanding the role of mechano-sensing and mechano-transduction in stem cell commitment and tissue genesis, and applying this understanding to developing engineered solutions to replace or repair damaged or diseased tissues. Most recently, he has turned his attention to understanding how the mechanics of our organs and tissues change as we age and the critical roles that stem cells and their niches play in this systemic loss of function.


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