Keith M. McLean

    B.Sc. (Hons)




    Affiliated Society: Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue



Keith McLean has a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland where he developed expertise in oilfield microbiology, biofouling and bacterial surface interactions. Following spells in industry and postdoctoral fellowships in New Zealand and Australia he joined the surface chemistry group at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) 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. He became the Research Leader for Biomedical Materials and Devices in CSIRO from 2004 to 2014 leading a 75 member team of polymer and surface chemists and biologists developing biomaterials for tissue engineering, stem cell propagation and implantable devices. He was also the Program Leader for Biopolymers in the Cooperative Research Centre for Polymers and Project Leader of the Biomanufacturing Project the aim of which was to develop novel materials for stem cell proliferation (2008-2012). In July 2014 McLean became Director of CSIRO Manufacturing where has is responsible for >400 Staff and >300 Students and Affiliates and a budget in excess of $100m.

McLean has been Secretary (2005-2007); Vice-President (2007-08 and 2010-11) and President (2008-10) 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 is currently Secretary of the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering (2012-16) having been an Australian Delegate since 2008. He was elected a Fellow Biomaterials Science and Engineering in 2016.