Dr Jenny Malmstrom


Jenny Malmström joined the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering in 2016. She received her MSc degree in Bioengineering at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden (2004) and a Ph.D. in Nanoscience at the University of Aarhus, Denmark (2010). From Denmark she moved to Auckland, where she joined the School of Chemical Sciences (UoA) as a post doctoral research fellow. Her research focusses on creating functional biointerfaces to understand and control biological systems.

Research | Current

My research is, both literally and figuratively, all about interfaces.  Literally these are the interfaces where biological molecules meet novel materials.  Figuratively these are the interfaces between biology, chemistry and materials science.  My expertise lies in characterising and understanding the material-biomolecule interactions and the influence of surface properties that underpin cell adhesion onto substrates.  This detailed understanding can be applied to emerging and exciting areas such as the creation of smart materials to help understand or control cellular behaviour. Current projects target the creation of engineered interfaces to study the biology of stem cells and the creation of functional magnetic materials using self-assembly. 

Teaching | Current

CHEMMAT 753 – Biomaterials and Applications (course coordinator)

CHEMMAT 724 – Advanced Materials Characterization

Postgraduate supervision

Masters and PhD projects are available in the group for motivated students with a good academic records. If you are interested, please send through your application and academic transcript.

Current PhD students:

Isabela Monteiro (2016-): Stem-cell fate modulation through controlled release of signalling molecules by functionalized BCP thin film (co-supervisor: Dr Sue McGlashan)

Tarek Kollmetz (2017-): Surface engineering for stem cell research (co-supervisor: Prof Juliet Gerrard)

Matthew Ting (2018-): Design and development of stiffness modulated conducting hydrogels (co-supervisor: Prof Jadranka Travas-Sejdic)

Badri Narasimhan (2018-): Development of dynamic hydrogel substrates for controlled cell studies (co-supervisor: Prof Cather Simpson)

Daniel Clyde (2018-): Synthesis of conjugated molecules and metal clusters for nanomaterials applications (co-supervisors: Penelope Brothers and David Ware)

Irina Holleran (2015-): Grafting effects in bitumen and the effect on performance properties of hot mixed asphalt (main supervisor: Dr Douglas Wilson)

Tahereh Jasemi Zad (2017-): Photocatalytic treatment of emergent contaminants in waste water (main supervisor: Dr Lokesh Padhye)

Completed PhDs:

Sesha Manuguri 2019: Self-assembling proteins as scaffolds for functional nanostructures (joint supervisor with Prof David Williams)

Rachel Mathew 2019: Surface Presentation of Biocides (main supervisor: Prof Ralph Cooney)



Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 10, Room 1063
New Zealand