Dr Bryan Coad

Bryan Coad
Senior Research Fellow
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Faculty of Sciences

Dr Bryan Coad is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine. He leads an academic, multidisciplinary research group at the intersection of physical chemistry, materials science, and biology. This group works towards developing bioactive, nano-engineered material surface coatings and biomaterials through fundamental research.

Apart from academic research, Dr Coad has research and development experience working in/for industrial collaborations such as Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). In these areas, Dr Coad's research impact has included research toward commercial product innovation and development.

Dr Coad is active in the biomaterials community and is currently the elected Executive Officer for the Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering (ASBTE).

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Dr Bryan Coad

Dr Bryan Coad is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine. He leads an academic, multidisciplinary research group at the intersection of physical chemistry, materials science, and biology. This group works towards developing bioactive, nano-engineered material surface coatings and biomaterials through fundamental research.

Apart from academic research, Dr Coad has research and development experience working in/for industrial collaborations such as Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). In these areas, Dr Coad's research impact has included research toward commercial product innovation and development.

Dr Coad is active in the biomaterials community and is currently the elected Executive Officer for the Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering (ASBTE).

Research Interests and Goals

My research goal is to develop novel surface coatings for the improvement of human health and well-being. As key biological processes occur at the interfaces of surfaces, my approach is to tailor the physical properties of materials at the nanometre scale and to study biological outcomes. Such "biomaterials" have a role as biomimetics, diagnostics or as therapies. I am also interested in understanding the advanced manufacturing process and how we can develop new coating technologies for materials.

My chief research activities include

My background is in chemistry and I collaborate on many interdisciplinary research projects involving biologists, clinicians and engineers. I am particularly interested in how fungi interact with surfaces and cause diseases that have devastating effects for food security and in human health. I lead the Mycology / Surface Interfaces Group (MSIG) which has a unique focus on studying and understanding key processes related to how fungi colonise surfaces.

To join my research group

PhD Scholarships

University scholarships for Australian students are known as Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA). These scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and in designated areas of research strength within the University. If a student does not secure an APA, then the School of Physical Sciences considers the option of divisional scholarships (based on academic merit and budget limits). The University also offers a range of Scholarships for international students.

Application involves filling in the "application form for admission/scholarship".

When applying for domestic scholarships please remember to tick both the APA and Divisional box.  After the closing date, the Graduate Centre will forward your application to the School to consider. If an APA is not awarded then the school will consider offering a divisional scholarship.  Further details can be found at the scholarship websites http://www.adelaide.edu.au/scholarships/

Further information on international PhD scholarships can be found at:  https://www.adelaide.edu.au/graduatecentre/scholarships/research-international/opportunities/

 

Visiting international student / Work placement / Overseas work experience

I have had a number of visiting students spend time working in our lab to complete work experience, and overseas bachelor's and master's theses (see Supervision). All placements have been highly successful from both student and laboratory perspectives. Many have led to publications.

If you are interested in one of these positions, please contact me.

 

Postdoctoral Positions

These positions are occasionally available depending on available funding. Please contact me with your enquiry.

 

 

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2017 Senior Research Fellow University of Adelaide
2017 Adjunct Senior Research Fellow University of South Australia
2010 - 2016 Senior Research Fellow University of South Australia
2008 - 2010 Postdoctoral Research Fellow Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
2006 - 2008 Research Fellow Monash University

Awards and Achievements

Date Type Title Institution Name Amount
2004 - 2006 Fellowship: Strategic Training Program in Transfusion Science The University of British Columbia
2002 - 2004 Canadian Blood Services Graduate Fellowship Program The University of British Columbia

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
2006 The University of British Columbia Canada PhD
1997 Simon Fraser University Canada BSc

Keywords

Biomaterials, Chemical Characterisation of Materials, Colloid and Surface Chemistry, Crop and Pasture Protection, Functional Materials, Infectious Diseases, Medical Devices, Nanomaterials

Journals

Date Citation
2016 Saboohi,S, Coad,B, Michelmore,A, Short,R, Griesser,H, 2016, Hyperthermal Intact Molecular Ions Play Key Role in Retention of ATRP Surface Initiation Capability of Plasma Polymer Films from Ethyl α-Bromoisobutyrate, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 8, 25, 16493-16502 10.1021/acsami.6b04477
2016 Coad,B, Griesser,H, Peleg,A, Traven,A, 2016, Anti-infective surface coatings: design and therapeutic promise against device-associated infections, PLoS Pathogens, 12, 6, 1-7 10.1371/journal.ppat.1005598
2016 Michl,T, Coad,B, HÃ sler,A, Valentin,J, Vasilev,K, Griesser,H, 2016, Effects of Precursor and Deposition Conditions on Prevention of Bacterial Biofilm Growth on Chlorinated Plasma Polymers, Plasma Processes and Polymers, 13, 6, 654-662 10.1002/ppap.201500191
2016 Lamont-Friedrich,S, Michl,T, Giles,C, Griesser,H, Coad,B, 2016, Chlorine-rich plasma polymer coating for the prevention of attachment of pathogenic fungal cells onto materials surfaces, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 49, 29, 294001-294001 10.1088/0022-3727/49/29/294001
2016 McInnes,S, Michl,T, Delalat,B, Al-Bataineh,S, Coad,B, Vasilev,K, Griesser,H, Voelcker,N, 2016, "Thunderstruck": plasma-polymer-coated porous silicon microparticles ss a controlled drug delivery system, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 8, 7, 4467-4476 10.1021/acsami.5b12433
2015 Coad,BR, 2015, On the surface of it: the role of materials science in developing antifungal therapies and diagnostics, Microbiology Australia, 36, 2, 71-71 10.1071/MA15024
2015 Griesser,S, Jasieniak,M, Coad,B, Griesser,H, 2015, Antifungal coatings by caspofungin immobilization onto biomaterials surfaces via a plasma polymer interlayer, Biointerphases, 10, 4, 1-9 10.1116/1.4933108
2015 Coad,B, Lamont-Friedrich,S, Gwynne,L, Jasieniak,M, Griesser,S, Traven,A, Peleg,A, Griesser,H, 2015, Surface coatings with covalently attached caspofungin are effective in eliminating fungal pathogens, Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 3, 43, 8469-8476 10.1039/c5tb00961h
2015 Saboohi,S, Jasieniak,M, Coad,B, Griesser,H, Short,R, Michelmore,A, 2015, Comparison of Plasma Polymerization under Collisional and Collision-Less Pressure Regimes, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 119, 49, 15359-15369 10.1021/acs.jpcb.5b07309
2015 Jasieniak,M, Coad,B, Griesser,H, 2015, ToF-SIMS multivariate analysis of surface-grafted small bioactive molecules, Biointerphases, 10, 4, 1-11 10.1116/1.4937464
2015 Michl,T, Coad,B, Doran,M, Osiecki,M, Kafshgari,M, Voelcker,N, Hüsler,A, Vasilev,K, Griesser,H, 2015, Nitric oxide releasing plasma polymer coating with bacteriostatic properties and no cytotoxic side effects, Chemical Communications, 51, 32, 7058-7060 10.1039/c5cc01722j
2015 Michl,T, Coad,B, Hüsler,A, Vasilev,K, Griesser,H, 2015, Laboratory scale systems for the plasma treatment and coating of particles, Plasma Processes and Polymers, 12, 4, 305-313 10.1002/ppap.201400141
2014 Coad,B, Styan,K, Meagher,L, 2014, One step ATRP initiator immobilization on surfaces leading to gradient-grafted polymer brushes, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 6, 10, 7782-7789 10.1021/am501052d
2014 Coad,B, Kidd,S, Ellis,D, Griesser,H, 2014, Biomaterials surfaces capable of resisting fungal attachment and biofilm formation, Biotechnology Advances, 32, 2, 296-307 10.1016/j.biotechadv.2013.10.015
2014 Coad,B, Bilgic,T, Klok,H, 2014, Polymer brush gradients grafted from plasma-polymerized surfaces, Langmuir, 30, 28, 8357-8365 10.1021/la501380m
2014 Michl,T, Coad,B, Doran,M, Hüsler,A, Valentin,J, Vasilev,K, Griesser,H, 2014, Plasma polymerization of 1,1,1-trichloroethane yields a coating with robust antibacterial surface properties, RSC Advances, 4, 52, 27604-27606 10.1039/c4ra01892c
2014 Lindén,J, Larsson,M, Coad,B, Skinner,W, Nydén,M, 2014, Polyethyleneimine for copper absorption: Kinetics, selectivity and efficiency in artificial seawater, RSC Advances, 4, 48, 25063-25066 10.1039/c4ra02223h
2013 Ameringer,T, Ercole,F, Tsang,K, Coad,B, Hou,X, Rodda,A, Nisbet,D, Thissen,H, Evans,R, Meagher,L et al, 2013, Surface grafting of electrospun fibers using ATRP and RAFT for the control of biointerfacial interactions, Biointerphases, 8, 1, 1-11 10.1186/1559-4106-8-16
2013 Coad,B, Jasieniak,M, Griesser,S, Griesser,H, 2013, Controlled covalent surface immobilisation of proteins and peptides using plasma methods, Surface and Coatings Technology, 233, 169-177 10.1016/j.surfcoat.2013.05.019
2012 Coad,B, Lu,Y, Meagher,L, 2012, A substrate-independent method for surface grafting polymer layers by atom transfer radical polymerization: Reduction of protein adsorption, Acta Biomaterialia, 8, 2, 608-618 10.1016/j.actbio.2011.10.006
2012 Christo,S, Sarvestani,G, Griesser,S, Coad,B, Griesser,H, Vasilev,K, Brown,M, Diener,K, Hayball,J, 2012, Individual and population quantitative analyses of calcium flux in T-cells activated on functionalized material surfaces, Australian Journal of Chemistry, 65, 1, 45-49 10.1071/CH11311
2012 Coad,BR, Lu,Y, Glattauer,V, Meagher,L, 2012, Substrate-independent method for growing and modulating the density of polymer brushes from surfaces by atrp, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 4, 5, 2811-2823 10.1021/am300463q
2012 Coad,B, Scholz,T, Vasilev,K, Hayball,J, Short,R, Griesser,H, 2012, Functionality of Proteins Bound to Plasma Polymer Surfaces, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 4, 5, 2455-2463 10.1021/am300128n
2012 Coad,B, Vasilev,K, Diener,K, Hayball,J, Short,R, Griesser,H, 2012, Immobilized Streptavidin gradients as bioconjugation platforms, Langmuir, 28, 5, 2710-2717 10.1021/la204714p
2007 Coad,B, Kizhakkedathu,J, Haynes,C, Brooks,D, 2007, Synthesis of novel size exclusion chromatography support by surface initiated aqueous atom transfer radical polymerization, Langmuir, 23, 23, 11791-11803 10.1021/la701703c
2007 Coad,B, Steels,B, Kizhakkedathu,J, Brooks,D, Haynes,C, 2007, The influence of grafted polymer architecture and fluid hydrodynamics on protein separation by entropic interaction chromatography, Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 97, 3, 574-587 10.1002/bit.21283
2005 Pang,P, Koska,J, Coad,B, Brooks,D, Haynes,C, 2005, Entropic interaction chromatography: Separating proteins on the basis of size using end-grafted polymer brushes, Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 90, 1, 1-13 10.1002/bit.20430

Conference Papers

Date Citation
2013 Radford,J, Wang,L, Li,J, Coad,BR, McFarland,CD, Nordon,RE, 2013, A novel flash detection algorithm for single molecule counting with TIRF microscopy, IEEE 10th International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging: From Nano to Macro, ISBI 2013;, San Francisco, California 10.1109/ISBI.2013.6556662

Patents

Date Citation
2014 Nyden,BM, Nann,T, Griesser,HJ, Coad,BR, Larsson,M, Linden,JB; 2014; Metal ion binding polymers and uses thereof
2010 Coad,BR, Ameringer,T, Evans,RA, Forsythe,JS, Hou,X, Meagher,L, Pasic,P, Thissen,HW, Tsang,K; 2010; Electrospun polymer fiber useful for manufacture of polymer brushes

Theses

Date Citation
2006 Coad,BR; 2006; Evaluation of entropic interaction chromatography media

Date

Project/ No.

Investigators

Funding Body

Amount

2015-2018

DP150101674 Combating fungal biofilm growth on surfaces

Griesser HJ, Coad BR, Klok H-A, Read ND

Australian Research Council

$355,000

2016-2018

DP160105001 Order from chaos: Rational design of biointerfacing plasma polymer coatings

Griesser HJ, Short RD, Coad BR, Michelmore A

Australian Research Council

$260,000

2014-2017

1066647 Mechanisms of Interaction and Therapeutic Strategies for Polymicrobial Biofilms

Peleg AY, Traven A, Griesser HJ, Coad BR

Australian National Health and Medical Research Council

$607,232

2016-2017

Best-defence materials for understanding and outsmarting invasive pathogens

Griesser HJ, Plush SE, Brooks DA, Coad BR

University of South Australia, Research Themes Investment Scheme

$26,200

2016-2017

New in-vivo technologies for preclinical assessment of novel antimicrobial drugs against wound infections

Kopecki Z, Cowin A, Venter R, Garg S, Coad BR

University of South Australia, Research Themes Investment Scheme

$39,650
2013 Antifungal surfaces Coad BR University of South Australia, Divisional Research Funding Scheme $4,000

 

  • I hold a research-only position but am interested to lecture on topics in biomaterials, chemistry (physical, polymer), and surface analysis.

Current students
PhD (with the University of South Australia)

  • Stephanie Lamont-Friedrich
  • Javad Naderi
  • Mohammed Altaf Hossain
  • Xiaoxiang (Crystal) He

Staff - Current Postdoctoral Scientists       

  • Dr Thomas Michl

Staff - Past Postdoctoral Scientists

  • Dr Carla Giles

Staff - Past Research Associates

  • Ms Stephanie Griesser

Internship students (Masters Thesis, International, Work placement)

  • Joris Baranger. University of Strasbourg. Internship. February – August 2017.
  • Dimitri Jung. University of Siegen. Master’s thesis. October 2016 – March 2017.
  • Malin Johnsson. Chalmers University of Technology. IAESTE exchange student. September 2016 – March 2017.
  • Karl Gonzalvo. University of Adelaide. Summer Internship. November 2016 – January 2017.
  • Andrea Pertoldi. ETH Zurich. Internship. July – December 2016.
  • Anna Schulte. University of Siegen. Master's thesis. July – December 2016.
  • Alasdair Cross. University of Bath. Internship.  October 2015 – July 2016. Publication under review.
  • Lauren Gywnne. University of Bath. Internship.  September 2014 – July 2015. Publication
  • Tanny Paniagua-Sanchez. Flinders University. Practicum Placement. September - December 2015
  • Stephanie Lamont-Friedrich. Flinders University. Practicum Placement. July - December 2014. Publication
  • Urška Žbogar. University of Ljubljana. IAESTE exchange student. Master's thesis.  October 2012 – 2013. 
  • Jamila Joseph. IAESTE exchange student.  January 2012 – July 2012. 
  • Tanja Scholz. TU Dresden. IAESTE exchange student.  January 2011 – July 2011. Publication
  • Yi Lu. IAESTE exchange student. September 2008 – August 2009. Publication 1. Publication 2.

Map of where internship students have come from
Where visiting internship students have come from. Click on map to go to Google Maps

 

Committee Memberships

Date Role Committee Institution Country
2016 - 2017 Co-Chair Organising committee for the 2017 Australian Colloid Society Conference
2015 Secretary Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Australia
2012 - 2013 Co-Chair Organising Committee for the 2013 Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Conference Australia
Position
Senior Research Fellow
Phone
83137260
Fax
8313 7116
Campus
Waite
Building
Wine Innovation Central
Room Number
4.25
Org Unit
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

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