Prof Tiffany Walsh

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Professor Of Bionanotechnology

Faculty

Instit for Frontier Materials

Department

Instit for Frontier Materials

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Contact

tiffany.walsh@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 522 73116

Biography

Prof. Walsh's research interests and expertise focus on molecular modelling, chiefly of interfaces, using molecular dynamics simulations and first-principles calculations.

After graduating with a B.Sci(Hons) from the University of Melbourne, Prof. Walsh earned her PhD degree in theoretical chemistry from the University of Cambridge, U.K., working in the group of Prof. David Wales (FRS) in the Dept. of Chemistry, as a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust scholar. She then joined the Dept. of Materials, University of Oxford, U.K. as a postdoctoral researcher in the Materials Modelling Laboratory (MML) with Prof. Adrian Sutton (FRS). Staying in the MML, she held a Glasstone Fellowship, in addition to a Junior Research Fellowship at Linacre College, University of Oxford. Following this, she joined the faculty of the University of Warwick, U.K., as a joint appointment in the Dept. of Chemistry and the Centre for Scientific Computing. In 2012 she returned to Australia on a veski Innovation Fellowship and joined the Institute for Frontier Materials at Deakin University in Australia, where she currently holds the position of Professor of Bio/Nanotechnology.

Prof. Walsh was appointed to join the Australian Research Council (ARC) College of Experts in 2015.

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Career highlights

2015 - current: Professor in Bio/Nanotechnology, Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia

2012-2014 : Associate Professor in Bio/Nanotechnology, Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia

2012-2015: veski Innovation Fellow

2002-2012: Associate Professor in Computational & Theoretical Chemistry, Dept. of Chemistry and Centre for Scientific Computing, University of Warwick, Coventry, U.K

2000-2002: Glasstone Fellow in Dept. of Materials and Junior Research Fellow at Linacre College, Materials Modelling Laboratory, Dept. of Materials, University of Oxford, Oxford, U.K

1998-2000: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Materials Modelling Laboratory, Dept. of Materials, University of Oxford, Oxford, U.K

Research interests


  • Materials modelling of bio/nano interfaces, principally at the molecular level, to make connections between molecular scale details and macroscopic properties.

  • Development of efficient molecular simulation approaches for the meaningful study of self-assembly of large biomolecules and their structure-function relationships.

  • Application of these approaches to investigate problems ranging from the directed biomolecule-mediated assembly of inorganic nanoparticles, through to modeling the mechanical response of keratin fibres in skin in the presence of molecular additives.

Affiliations

Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Warwick, U.K.

Adjunct Associate Professor, University at Buffalo, SUNY, U.S.A

Projects

Recent Projects:

Molecular Simulations of Blood Protein Therapeutics. Consultancy, funded by CSL Ltd. (2015-2016).

Integration of Experiment and Modelling to Advance Biosensor Design based on Conformational Switching of Surface-Adsorbed Nucleic Acids. Funded by the Asian Office of Aerospace Research & Development (AFOSR Tokyo Office), (2016-2018).

Modelling the Elastic and Barrier Properties of Skin: Investigation of Keratin Self-Organization at the Molecular Level. Funded by Unilever R&D, Port Sunlight, UK. (2011-2014)

Bio-nanocombinatorics to Achieve Precisely-Assembled Multicomponent, Functional Hybrid Nanomaterials. Grant #FA9550-12-1-0226. Funded by the Air Force Office for Scientific Research (U.S.A). (2012-2017)

Aiding Developments in Advanced Materials Funded by veski.  (2012-2015)

Bioinspired Interfaces for Improved Carbon Fibre Composite Performance. Funded by the Australian Research Council.(2014-2016)

Publications

No publications found

Grants

Other Public Sector Funding

Underpinning Development in Advanced Materials with Molecular Simulation

Prof Tiffany Walsh

  • 2015: $90,000
  • 2014: $25,000
  • 2013: $50,000
  • 2012: $10,000

Industry and Other Funding

Bio-nanocombinatorics to Achieve Precisely-Assembled Multicomponent, Functional Hybrid Nanomaterials

Prof Paras Prasad, Prof Tiffany Walsh

  • 2017: $84,134
  • 2016: $106,940
  • 2015: $99,230
  • 2014: $18,729
  • 2013: $126,775
  • 2012: $43,390

Molecular Simulation of Interactions between von Willebrand Factor and Factor VIII

Prof Tiffany Walsh

  • 2016: $10,000
  • 2015: $10,000

Integration of Experiment and Modelling to Advance Biosensor Design based on Conformational Switching of Surface-Adsorbed Nucleic Acids

Prof Tiffany Walsh

  • 2016: $63,147

Integration of Experiment and Modelling to Advance Biosensor Design based on Conformational Switching of Surface-Adsorbed Nucleic Acids

Prof Tiffany Walsh

  • 2016: $2,827

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2017

Anas Mufid Nasri Sultan

Thesis entitled: Biomolecular Adsorption at Medical Implant Interfaces: Insights from Molecular Simulation

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), Institute for Frontier Materials

2016

Kurt Drew

Thesis entitled: Investigation of Conformationally Switchable Biomolecular Ligands at Aqueous Metallic Interfaces

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), Institute for Frontier Materials

Aaron Brown

Thesis entitled: Learning from nature: Polymorph-selective binding of the nacre peptide n16N

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), Institute for Frontier Materials