Bryan Coad

Dr Bryan Coad

Grant-Funded Researcher (C)

School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

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 Vice-President of the Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering (ASBTE).

Research Interests and Goals

Adelaide GlycoScience Research Group

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

See available research projects at the Adelaide GlycoScience Research Group page

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.

Information on Scholarships

University applications

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.  

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.




Project/ No.


Funding Body



Improving germination success for Australian native plant seeds using plasma treatments

Coad BR, Guerin, J

Australian Flora Foundation



3D printed renewable and biodegradable nanocellulose materials

Coad BR

Waite Research Institute Internal Grants



DP150101674 Combating fungal biofilm growth on surfaces

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

Australian Research Council



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

Griesser HJ, Short RD, Coad BR, Michelmore A

Australian Research Council



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



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



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

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
  • I have been a volunteer lecturer
  • 2021 University of Adelaide CHEM 2530 Environmental & Analytical Chemistry II, lecturer for "Water Chemistry"
  • 2016, 2012 University of South Australia Materials for the Future, guest lecturer
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2022 - ongoing Vice-President Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Australia
    2020 - 2022 President Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Australia
    2019 - 2020 Vice-President Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Australia
    2016 - 2017 Co-Chair Organising committee for the 2017 Australian Colloid Society Conference
    2015 - ongoing 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: Grant-Funded Researcher (C)
  • Phone: 83137171
  • Email:
  • Fax: 83137116
  • Campus: Waite
  • Building: Plant Genomics Centre, floor 2
  • Org Unit: School of Agriculture, Food and Wine - WT

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