Professor McLean is a graduate of the University of Sydney (MPharm, PhD) and has worked at various universities in Australia, Europe and North America, but mostly at the University of Tasmania. For three years he was Head of the School of Pharmacy and has served as board member of several professional societies. He is a Life Member of the Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists.
His teaching areas are in pharmacology and toxicology, and he has received a Teaching Merit Award from the University of Tasmania.
His research career has covered many areas of pharmacology including the metabolism of drugs and other chemicals, clinical pharmacology of selected drugs, drug analysis, harm reduction strategies for alcohol and other social drugs, and plant-herbivore interactions.
Recent research has focused on chemical ecology, in particular characterising the scent chemicals of brushtail possums and foxes. Animals use scents for communication and social organisation, and a better understanding of this could lead to improved means of managing wild populations.
A list of research publications can be found at: