Dr Carla Meledandri
Phone: 03 479 5378
Department of Chemistry
University of Otago
P O Box 56
Dr Carla Meledandri is a Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Otago. Her research is focused on the design, synthesis and characterisation of functional nanoscale and nanocomposite materials, and the investigation of their efficacy for applications in the area of biomedicine; specifically, for improved medical diagnosis and targeted therapy, particularly dental therapy.
In 2001 Carla received her B.S. degree in Chemistry from Penn State University. From 2002 – 2004, she worked as a Research Associate in the Department of Blood Research at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Maryland, where her work involved the investigation of membrane lipid and protein interactions with novel cryoprotecting agents. She then carried out her PhD study from 2004 – 2008 at Dublin City University, where her work involved the preparation and fast field-cycling NMR characterisation of membrane-bound nanoparticles and nanoparticle assemblies for biomedical applications.
After completing a post-doctoral assignment (2008 – 2009) at the same University, where she worked on the development of hierarchical assemblies of hybrid magnetic nanoparticle clusters for applications in magnetic resonance imaging, Carla moved to New Zealand and began her current appointment at Otago in December 2009. Carla has been an Associate Investigator in the MacDiarmid Institute since 2010.
Dr Carla Meledandri, 2017 Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize Winner, appeared on RadioNZ on several occasions to present her exciting research. http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ourchangingworld/audio/2018631847/our-changing-world-for-15-february-2018 http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ourchangingworld/audio/2018631849/science-speed-dating-leads-to-top-award http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday/audio/2018632547/nanotechnology-can-save-your-teeth-carla-meledandri
MacDiarmid Principal Investigator Dr Carla Meledandri runs a busy chemistry lab at the University of Otago, specialising in nanoscale materials. Back in 2011 she and her collaborator, Dr Don Schwass from the Faculty of Dentistry, had an inkling her research could lend itself to potential commercial applications using nanosilver for dentistry. After being awarded an […]
680 secondary school students came along to hear and be inspired by David Leigh in Christchurch. An enthusiastic crowd of 200 people turned up to listen to Henry Snaith and Justin Hodgkiss at the Royal Society in Wanaka. Shotover Primary School kids loved having Albert Folch along, teaching science through soccer. The Women in Science […]
Dr Carla Meledandri, principal investigator of the MacDiarmid Institute at the University of Otago, has found a way to use charged antibacterial silver nanocomposite structures ‘to sterilise dentine prior to the placement of a dental restorative material’ (publication). Read more
Three female nanoscientists discuss their lives and work at the ‘AMN8 Trio – Women in Science panel’ – a public engagement event held in Queenstown during AMN8 in February 2017. Watch the video Read more at TheSpinoff
12 of our Investigators were successful in MBIE 2016 Endeavour Round.
MacDiarmid Investigators are involved in both ‘Smart Ideas’ and ‘Research Programmes’.
Since arriving in New Zealand three years ago I have had the pleasure of participating in two AMN conferences. This year I was once again impressed by the high caliber of the conference, and thoroughly inspired by dynamic presentations from prominent scientists in the fields of materials science and nanotechnology. The collaborative spirit of […]