Traian V. Chirila
Traian V. Chirila was born and educated in Romania, where he obtained a B.Eng. degree in polymer technology (1972), and a Ph.D. degree in organic chemistry (1981) from the Polytechnic University of Timisoara. After ten years of research in polymers and organic chemistry, he relocated to Australia. During 1984, he was a Research Fellow at the School of Applied Chemistry of Curtin University of Technology. In 1986, he joined Lions Eye Institute in Perth as a Senior Scientist with the task of establishing a department for research and development of polymeric biomaterials for ophthalmology. In 2005, he joined the newly founded Queensland Eye Institute in Brisbane, where he was offered a position of Senior Scientist to continue his research and to establish a department of ophthalmic bioengineering. He served as a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) in 1992. He held adjunct professorships at the University of Western Australia (during 1992–2005) and at Curtin University of Technology (during 1999–2006). Currently, he holds three adjunct professorships at the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences of Queensland University of Technology, Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology of University of Queensland, and Faculty of Health Sciences of University of Queensland. He received the RACI Polymer Division Citation in 1993, and the RACI Applied Research Medal in 1999. He is a Member of The New York Academy of Sciences, Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, American Chemical Society, and other professional organizations. He serves on the Editorial Boards of Biomaterials, Journal of Biomaterials Applications, Recent Patents on Materials Science, Open Materials Science Journal, and Open Macromolecules Journal. He is the inventor of AlphaCor, an artificial cornea in clinical use throughout the world. To date, his works reached 132 journal articles and 13 patents.
Biography Updated on 6 June 2008