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)

Matthew Horrocks (2020-): Development of Novel Block Co-polymer Interfaces for Force Modulated Delivery of Growth Factors to Stem Cells (co-supervisor: Assoc Prof Darren Svirskis)

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)

Current Masters students:

Ratanak (Ricky) Lay (2020-): Biopiezoelectric devices from waste material


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Williams, M. A. K., Cornuault, V., Irani, A. H., Symonds, V. V., Malmström J, An, Y., ... North, H. M. (2020). Polysaccharide Structures in the Outer Mucilage of Arabidopsis Seeds Visualized by AFM. Biomacromolecules, 21 (4), 1450-1459. 10.1021/acs.biomac.9b01756
  • Monteiro A, I., Kollmetz, T., Musson, D. S., McGlashan, S. R., & Malmström J (2020). Polystyrene-block-polyethylene oxide thin films: In vitro cytocompatibility and protein adsorption testing. Biointerphases, 15 (1)10.1116/1.5135062
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Isabela Monteiro, David Musson, Sue McGlashan
  • James, B., & Malmström J (2020). Chapter 14: Applications of Scanning Electron Microscopy and Atomic Force Microscopy to Food Structure Characterisation. Food Chemistry, Function and Analysis (pp. 361-382). 10.1039/9781788016155-00361
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Bryony James
  • An, Y., Manuguri, S. S., & Malmström J (2020). Atomic Force Microscopy of Proteins. Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.), 2073, 247-285. 10.1007/978-1-4939-9869-2_14
  • Aqrawe, Z., Wright, B., Patel, N., Vyas, Y., Malmstrom, J., Montgomery, J. M., ... Svirskis, D. (2019). The influence of macropores on PEDOT/PSS microelectrode coatings for neuronal recording and stimulation. SENSORS AND ACTUATORS B-CHEMICAL, 281, 549-560. 10.1016/j.snb.2018.10.099
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/46158
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Bryon Wright, Johanna Montgomery, Jadranka Travas-Sejdic, Darren Svirskis, David Williams, Yukti Vyas
  • Hackett, A. J., Malmstrom, J., & Travas-Sejdic, J. (2019). Grafting Poly(acrylic acid) from PEDOT To Control the Deposition and Growth of Platinum Nanoparticles for Enhanced Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution. ACS APPLIED ENERGY MATERIALS, 2 (2), 1436-1444. 10.1021/acsaem.8b02013
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jadranka Travas-Sejdic, Alissa Hackett
  • Khadka, R., Aydemir, N., Carraher, C., Hamiaux, C., Colbert, D., Cheema, J., ... Travas-Sejdic, J. (2019). An ultrasensitive electrochemical impedance-based biosensor using insect odorant receptors to detect odorants. Biosensors & bioelectronics, 126, 207-213. 10.1016/j.bios.2018.10.043
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jadranka Travas-Sejdic
  • Monteiro A, I., Kollmetz, T., & Malmström J (2018). Engineered systems to study the synergistic signaling between integrin-mediated mechanotransduction and growth factors (Review). Biointerphases, 13 (6)10.1116/1.5045231
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/46260
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Isabela Monteiro

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 10, Room 1063
New Zealand