Dr Jenny Malmstrom
Jenny Malmström is a lecturer in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering. Her research interests are in the area of smart biointerfaces with recent work focussed on switchable conducting polymer surfaces and protein ordering within block copolymer films. She has expertise in surface characterisation and imaging, including Atomic Force Microscopy.
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
Jenny's 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. Recent work has been focussed on switchable conducting polymer surfaces and protein ordering within block copolymer films.