The Board of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology is delighted to announce that Associate Professor Kathryn McGrath has been appointed as Director of the institute, to succeed the outgoing Director, Professor Richard Blaikie. She will begin the role on 1 July 2011.
Associate Professor McGrath, from Victoria University’s School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, has been a Principal Investigator with the Institute since 2002, and is a member of the Institute’s Science Executive Committee. She won the Easterfield Medal in 2003 and the New Zealand Association of Scientists Research Medal in 2007.
As Director of the Institute, Associate Professor McGrath will be providing leadership in both scientific and strategic matters. Some of her research mimics a natural process that could assist in wound care and medical implants. She researches how organisms grow their hard tissue—skeletons, teeth, shells—with potential uses including better hip replacements.