Department of Materials Science and Engineering – Professor Sheila Macneil

Sheila MacNeil is a Professor of Tissue Engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

Shelia’s research focuses on the development of tissue engineered skin and other epithelial tissues and has successfully developed tissue engineered skin products through to commercialisation (MySkin™ and Cryoskin™) to benefit patients with severe burns and chronic wounds.  Recent tissue engineering challenges include development of scaffolds for repair of the female pelvic floor, biomaterials to deliver corneal cells to patients and development of hybrid biomaterials for cleft palate repair.  She is working with colleagues in India to develop an alternative to the amniotic membrane for transplantation of corneal limbal stem cells for patients with scarring of the cornea.