Dr. John Foster

Department Chair, Chemistry Department


Prof. Foster has an international track record in applied science focusing on biopolymers and their use in the design of novel devices to answer medical and environmental problems. His innovative research and teaching have led to many awards including a ‘Sir Anthony Mason Fellowship’, a ‘Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship’ and a ‘Fulbright Senior Scholarship’; he is an elected Fellow of the two Royal Societies for Biology and Chemistry. He is a co-founder and Director of Repartech Pty Ltd, a start-up commercializing smart wound repair technology and funded by a prestigious Medical Device Fund award from the Department of Health for New South Wales, Australia.

  • Cofounder and Director of Repartech Pty Ltd, Sydney, Australia, 2016-present.
  • Honorary Associate Professor at ‘The Save Sight Institute’, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, 2012-present.
  • Associate Professor at The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 1997-2016.
  • ‘Fulbright Senior Scholar’ at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine’, University of Pittsburgh, USA, 2010.
  • ‘Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow’ at the ‘Institut fuer Festkoeperforschung’, Forschungzentrum-Juelich GmbH, Germany, 2005-2007.
  • Research Scientist at Bayer AG in Leverkusen, Germany, 1995-1997.
  • ‘Johnson and Johnson Fellow’ at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, USA, 1993-1995.

Dr. John Foster's Curriculum Vitae


  • Certificate in Laser Safety & Application, Australian Defence Force Academy, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 2009
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Aston University, Birmingham, UK, 1993
  • CBiol, Royal Society of Biology, London, UK, 1992
  • BSc (Hons), Marine Biology, The University of Wales, University College of Swansea, Swansea, Wales, UK, 1987

Selected Publications

  • Turner, NJ; Johnson, SA; Foster LJR. & Badylak, SF. 2017 ‘Sutureless Nerve Repair with ECM Bioscaffolds and Laser-Activated Chitosan Adhesive’ J Biomed Mater Res B: App Biomater. (accepted July)
  • Techaikool, P; Daranarong, D; Kongsuk, J; Boonyawan, D; Haron, N; Harley, WS; Thomson, KA; Foster, LJR. & Punyodom, W. *2017* ‘Effects of Plasma Treatment on Biocompatibility of Poly(L-lactide-co-ε-caprolactone) (PLCL) and Poly(L-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) Electrospun Nanofibrous Membranes’ Polymer Int. (Doi: 10.1002/pi.5427).
  • Hassarati, RT; Foster, LJR. & Green, RA. *2016* ‘Influence of Biphasic Stimulation on Olfactory Ensheathing Cells for Neuroprosthetic Devices.’ Frontiers Neurosci. 10:432. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2016.00432
  • Daranarong, D; Techaikool, P; Intatue, W; Daengngern, R; Thomson, KA; Molloy, R; Kungwan, N; Foster, LJR; Boonyawan, D. & Punyodom, W. 2016 ’Effect of Surface Modification of Poly(L-lactide-co-ε-caprolactone) Membranes by Low-Pressure Plasma on Support Cell Biocompatibility’ Surface Coat. Technol, 306 Part A:328-335.
  • Hassarati, R; Marcal, H; Foster, LJR. & Green, RA. 2016 ‘Biofunctionalisation of Conductive Hydrogel Surface Coatings for Implantable Electrode Interfaces’. J. Biomed Mater Res B: App Biomater. 104(4): 712-722.
  • Foster, LJR; Ho, S; Hook, J; Basuki, M. & Marcal, H. 2015 ‘Chitosan as a Biomaterial: Influence of Degree of Deacetylation on its Physiochemical, Material and Biological Properties.’ PLoS ONE, DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0135153
  • Tan, J; Watson, S. Foster, J. 2015 ‘The Efficacy of N-Butyl-2 Cyanoacrylate (Histoacryl) for Sealing Corneal Perforation: A Clinical Case Series and Review of the Literature’. Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 6(2): 2-6
  • Russel, RA; Garvey, C; Darwish, T; Foster, LJR & Holden, PJ. *2015* ‘Biopolymer Deuteration for Neutron Scattering and Other Isotope-Sensitive Techniques’. In: ‘Isotope Labeling of Biomolecules: Labeling Methods’, Ed: Kelman, Z. Vol 565, MIE, Academic Press, UK. 97-121.
  • Foster, LJR. 2015 ‘Bioadhesives as Surgical Sealants: A Review’ In: ‘Bioadhesion and Biomimetics: From Nature to Applications’ Ed. Bianco-Peled, H. & Davidovich-Pinas, M. Pan Stanford Publishing, Boca Raton, USA. 195-226.