Dr Keith McLean

Director Manufacturing

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Keith McLean has a Ph.D. in industrial microbiology from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland where he developed expertise in oilfield microbiology, biofouling and bacterial surface interactions. Following spells in industry and industrial postdoctoral fellowships in New Zealand and Australia he joined the surface chemistry group at CSIRO Molecular Science in 1996 working on surface modification and characterisation for ophthalmic and other polymeric biomaterials applications. He was a team member (1996 - 2008) and project leader (from 2003 to 2005) of the implantable contact lens project in the VisionCRC. This team designed a polymer, surface and surgical methods for an implantable contact lens application which entered a phase 1 clinical trial. This team won the 2004 Royal Societies of Australia Eureka Award for Interdisciplinary Research and the 2009 CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement. He was the Research Theme Leader for Biomedical Materials and Devices in CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering from 2006 to 2014 leading an 80 member team of polymer and surface chemists and biologists developing biomaterials for tissue engineering, stem cell propagation and implantable devices. He was Program Leader for Biomedical Polymers in the CRC for Polymers and Project Leader from 2008 - 2012 of the Biomanufacturing Project the aim of which was to develop novel materials for stem cell proliferation . He became Director of CSIRO Manufacturing in July 2014 where he leads 400 scientists and engineers developing solutions for high-tech Australian manufacturing. In particular, CSIRO Manufacturing is directed to research in Biomedical Manufacturing; Chemical and Fibre Industries; Metals Manufacturing and Innovative Manufacturing. McLean's research interests include surface modification and characterisation of polymers and their interactions with proteins, cells and tissues; development of low fouling surfaces and self-assembling materials. He is a Past President of the Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Inc. and was a member of the Scientific Committee of the 7th World Biomaterials Congress. He was a delegate (2008-2012) to the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering and is currently Secretary (2012-20). He has been a Keynote and Plenary Invited speaker at national and international conferences and reviews for several journals, Australian Research Council, National Health and Medical Research Council and NSERC (Canada). He is a Board Member of the CRC Polymers; Biomedical Research Victoria and veski and was on the Governance Committee of the ARC Special Research Initiative Stem Cells Australia (2012-16); the Advisory Boards of the Institute for Frontier Materials (Deakin Univ 2012-2015) and the Melbourne Neuroscience Institute.He is a Council Member of the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council (2015 - present); Member of the Prime Minister's Industry 4.0 Taskforce and the Advisory Council of Chemistry Australia.. McLean was admitted as Chartered Chemist of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute in 2006 and elected a Fellow, Biomaterials Science and Engineering in 2016.

Professional Experiences

  • 1985-1986

    Corrosion Specialists (North Sea) Ltd

  • 1986-1987

    Postdoctoral Fellow
    NCIMB Ltd

  • 1987-1989

    Postdoctoral Fellow
    University of Waikato

  • 1989-1991

    Research Scientist
    CSIRO Division of Exploration Geoscience

  • 1991-1994

    Postdoctoral Fellow
    CSIRO Chemicals and Polymers

  • 1994-1996

    Research Scientist
    CSIRO Chemicals and Polymers

  • 1996-2006

    Research Scientist and Project Leader
    CSIRO Molecular and Health Technologies

  • 2006-2014

    Research Theme Leader
    CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering

  • 2014

    Director Manufacturing Flagship
    CSIRO Manufacturing Flagship

Achievements and Awards

  • 2004

    Eureka Award for Interdisciplinary Science
    CRC Eye Research and Technology

  • 2009

    CSIRO Award for Research Achievement