Prof Traian Chirila
Professor Traian Chirila holds a BEng in polymer technology and a PhD in organic chemistry. In 1986 he joined Lions Eye Institute in Perth, Australia, as a Senior Scientist where he established a department for research and development of polymeric biomaterials for ophthalmology.
In 2005, he joined the newly founded Queensland Eye Institute (QEI) in Brisbane, Australia, where he was offered a position of Senior Scientist to continue his research and to establish a department of ophthalmic biomaterials and tissue engineering.
Currently, he is the Chief Scientist of QEI, and also holds three adjunct/honorary professorships at the Queensland University of Technology and the University of Queensland (in the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, and in the Faculty of Medicine), and a Honorary Research Fellowship at the University of Western Australia. He is a member of Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, and of American Chemical Society, and was made a Fellow of Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) in 1992. He received the RACI Polymer Division Citation in 1993 and the RACI Applied Research Medal in 1999. In 2014 he was awarded the SRB Excellence Award by the Romanian Society for Biomaterials. In 2015 he was awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by the University “Politehnica” of Timisoara, Romania, his Alma Mater.
Professor Chirila’s main research interests include polymer science, hydrogels, ophthalmic biomaterials, tissue engineering, supramolecular polymers, and sustained drug release. His activity and publications contributed seminally to the field of biomaterials and tissue engineering. He is the inventor of the AlphaCor™ artificial cornea and the AlphaSphere™ orbital implant. His group at QEI was the first to use silk proteins as biomaterials in ophthalmology.
Traian’s activity has resulted to date in about 190 journal articles and book chapters, about the same number of conference presentations, and is a named inventor on 13 patents. He edited 2 books, 2 journal special issues, and is on the editorial boards of 11 journals. Professor Chirila presented invited lectures in China, USA, Japan, Romania, Italy, France, Switzerland, Korea, Germany and The Netherlands.