Primary research interest

Biomaterials for bone repair and regeneration

About me

During my postgraduate studies I spent two years at the Research School of Chemistry, the Australian National University (Canberra). After completing my PhD degree I was an assistant lecturer at the University of Roskilde, Denmark, from 1995 to 1997 after which I held various positions as Postdoctoral Fellows at The University of Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology. I was appointed to a lectureship at The University of Queensland in 2002, promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2006 and to Associate Professor in 2012.

Research focus and collaborations

My research group explores research in the area of biomaterials science. (1) One area of research involves the chemical modification and assembly of polysaccharides. These assemblies are used in tissue engineering application as well as in drug delivery of biological factors. Of particular interest is stimulation of growth at non-union bone fractures. (2) The second area of research involves fabrication of hydroxyapatite nano-particles. We investigate growth inhibition by polymers, surface modification of the nano-particles as well as fabrication of nano-composites for biomaterial applications. (3) A third area of research involves the surface modification of polymeric and metallic biomaterials to fine tune their surface properties (topography, wettability, and chemistry) so as to obtain the desired biological response for a given application. We use gamma-irradiation induced grafting of functional monomers and gas plasma treatment and through a variety of in vitro tests we can evaluate the success of our treatment.

Group members

Dr Anitha Sudheesh Kumar, UQ Postdoctoral Fellow

Funded projects

  • ARC Discovery Project 2010-2012
    Scalable, high throughput microfluidic platforms for tissue specific biomaterials development and tissue genesis (J Cooper-White, N Fisk, L Grøndahl, E Wolvetang)
    Total value of grant: $400,000

Teaching interests

Physical chemistry, nano-science and materials chemistry

Student supervision

  • Current PhD advisor: Principal Advisor 4, Associate Advisor 2
  • Previous PhD advisor: Aparna Jejurikar (2011) 'Development of Hydrogel Biomaterials for Articular Cartilage Replacement'.  Emma Lung-Van (2009) ‘ Heparan sulphate releasing biomaterials for tissue engineering’.  Shuko Suzuki (2008) ‘In Vitro Mineralisation of Well-Defined Polymers and Surfaces’.  Adrienne Chandler Temple (2007) ‘Surface Modification of an Expanded Poly(tetrafluoroethylene) Implant’

Achievements and awards 

  • President of The Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering

Featured publications

Researcher biography

Dr Lisbeth Grondahl's research interests are in the areas of Biomaterials Science and Tissue Engineering. In particular, she works on the development of novel materials and on surface modification of materials for improved bioactivity.

Current projects include:

  • Surface modification of polymeric membranes used in facial augmentation
  • Surface modification of biodegradable scaffolds for tissue engineering
  • Production of drug delivery devices for accelerated bone regeneration
  • Development of composite materials for use as bone biomaterials