Michael Lawrence Crichton

Postdoctoral Fellow in Biomedical Engineering, The University of Queensland

My research is focussed on understanding biomaterial tissue mechanics for application to novel micro-devices for drug and vaccine delivery. Specifically, I employ mechanical engineering testing techniques to understand how to better design devices for functional interaction with epithelial tissue. I earned my MEng (Hons) in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Glasgow in 2007, followed by a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Queensland’s AIBN in 2012. I then joined a start-up company working to translate a medical device from laboratory testing to human clinical trials, which was built upon the devices that I was working on during his PhD. At the beginning of 2014 I returned to an academic research role at the University of Queensland where I continue to work on novel biomedical device research, with a keen focus on translatable technologies.


  • –present
    Postdoctoral Fellow in Biomedical Engineeirng, The University of Queensland
  • 2011–2014
    Medical Device Engineer, Vaxxas Pty Ltd
  • 2006–2007
    Stress Engineer, BAE Systems


  • 2012 
    The University of Queensland, PhD Biomedical Engineering
  • 2006 
    University of Glasgow, MEng Aeronautical Engineering


  • 2014
    Microprojection arrays to immunise at mucosal surfaces, Journal of Controlled Release
  • 2013
    Elastic modulus and viscoelastic properties of full thickness skin characterised at micro scales, Biomaterials
  • 2011
    The mechanical properties of freshly excised skin layers and their relevance to micro-medical device design, Biomaterials
  • 2010
    The effect of strain rate on the precision of penetration of short densely-packed microprojection array patches coated with vaccine, Biomaterials

Research Areas

  • Biomedical Engineering (0903)
  • Materials Engineering (0912)
  • Medical Devices (090304)


Australian Academy of Science EMCR Forum member (2015- present)