Dr Bronwyn Dearman


Bronwyn Dearman, a Medical Scientist at the Adult Burns Unit, Royal Adelaide Hospital has been instrumental in establishing the first Skin Laboratory for SA providing both a clinical service and the development of the Biodegradable Temporising Matrix (BTM) (a product now in fledgling global use in burn communities). To complement this first stage and assist in abolishing the need for a skin graft, the development of the Composite Cultured Skin substitute (CCS) encompasses her current research interests.

Associate Professor Mark Fear


A/Prof Mark Fear completed his PhD at the Royal London Hospital in dermatology, finishing in 2003. Since 2007 he has worked with Professor Fiona Wood on burn injury, scarring and fibrosis. His current research is focused on understanding the molecular and cellular pathogenesis of scarring and fibrotic disease, and  the development of novel therapies targeting fibrosis.

Dr Shiva Akbarzadeh


Dr Shiva Akbarzadeh is an expert in skin tissue engineering with a proven record in autologous skin culturing for transplantation. She was responsible for manufacturing CEA on a gel carrier to treat major burns in a clinical trial at the Alfred 2013-2016. She is experienced in experimental design and analysis and has established a novel methodology for skin tissue engineering with clinical relevance. She has also established a mouse model for wound healing using skin substitutes.

Dr Vaughan Feisst


Dr Vaughan Feisst obtained a PhD in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Auckland in 2010.  From 2010 until 2016 his researc at the University of Auckland focused on skin engineering and understanding skin diseases.  In 2016 Upside Biotechnologies was founded based on that skin engineering research, and Dr Feisst took the role of Chief Technical Officer with the company.  A key goal for Upside Biotechnologies is to produce an autologous, full thickness skin product for burns treatment.



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