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Professor Zee Upton

Faculty of Health,
Faculty - Health

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Name
Professor Zee Upton
Position(s)
Assistant Dean (Research)
Faculty of Health,
Faculty - Health
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Biomedical Sciences - Tissue
Discipline *
Medical Biotechnology, Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Phone
+61 7 3138 9639
Fax
+61 7 3138 5662
Email
Location
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Qualifications

Ph.d (University of Adelaide)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Member of Australian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Member of Women in Technology
  • Member of International Society for IGF Research
  • Member of Australian Society for Medical Research
  • Member of the Australian Wound Management Association
  • Member of Australasian Wound and Tissue Repair Society
* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Research theme: Health Research discipline: Cell and Molecular Biosciences Research program: Tissue Repair & Regeneration Professor Zee Upton is the Assistant Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Health. She is a biochemist, an inventor and a tissue engineer recognised nationally and internationally for her research in growth factors, extracellular matrix proteins and wound healing. Her research is conducted in the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI) within the Tissue Repair and Regeneration Program, an interdisciplinary consortium of 50+ researchers that she leads. Since the award of her PhD in Biochemistry in 1994 Professor Upton has developed a significant record of innovative and quality scientific research that has yielded: $24+ million in research funding from both competitive grant schemes and industry; 100+ publications; over a dozen patent applications; the establishment of new, innovative, collaborative, research projects, including the successful bid in 2009 for $28 million from the Australian Government to form the $108 million Wound Management Innovation CRC; and the establishment and listing of a biotechnology company, Tissue Therapies Ltd, on the ASX.

Professor Upton has research interests in wound healing, medical biotechnology, tissue repair and regeneration, growth factors and skin biology.

This information has been contributed by Professor Zee Upton.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Visiting Professorships/Fellowships
Reference year
2006
Details
I was awarded an inaugural Smart State Senior Fellowship in 2006. This prestigious 3 year Fellowship awarded by the Queensland State Government (only 3 have been awarded thus far) facilitated my return to full-time research in July 2006 and is enabling me to conduct research on "An interdisciplinary approach towards smart wound healing solutions". The State Government provides $100K funding a year for three years and this matched with $50K a year each from QUT and the industry partner, Tissue Therapies Limited.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Composite Biomaterials for Modulation of Dermal Fibroblast Function
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP0877988
Start year
2008
Keywords
Biomaterial, Hydrogel, Silicone, Fibroblast, Stratum Corneum
Title
Development and Pre-Clinical Evaluation of a Silicone Dressing for Scar Remediation
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
497267
Start year
2008
Keywords
Silicones, Hypertropic Scarring, Keloid Scarring, Tissue Regeneration
Title
Development and Pre-clinical Evaluation of a Novel Wound Dressing Treatment for Chronic Ulcers
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
497266
Start year
2008
Keywords
Skin, Wound Healing, Venous Leg Ulcers, Tissue Regeneration, Matrix Metalloproteinase, Bisphosphonate
Title
Molecularly Engineered Cell-instructive Hydrogels for Enhanced Tissue Regeneration
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP0877992
Start year
2008
Keywords
Wound Healing, Insulin Like Growth Factor, Vitronectin, Extracellular Matrix, Biomaterial, Hydrogel,
Title
Improved ex-vivo culture of keratinocytes for clinical applications
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
553028
Start year
2009
Keywords
Clinical cell culture, Feeder-cell free, Burns, Wounds, Clinical Grafts
Title
Innovations in Diabetic Foot Ulcer (DFU) Wound Care
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
1048385
Start year
2013
Keywords
biotechnology, stem cell therapy, ulceration, biomaterials, wound healing

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