Rodney Dilley

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Rodney Dilley

BSc (Hons), PhD


Adjunct Professor Rodney Dilley leads Basic Research at Ear Science Institute Australia, Perth, Western Australia. He has focused much of his research career on regeneration, tissue engineering and translational applications for adult stem cells.

After completing a PhD at University of Western Australia, he undertook postdoctoral research at University of Washington, Seattle and at Baker Institute, Melbourne. Following an interest in stem cell biology and tissue engineering he developed research teams at the University of Melbourne, O’Brien Institute of Microsurgery and an early biotech startup at the Australian Tissue Engineering Centre. He returned to Perth in 2011 to take a position at Ear Science Institute Australia and at The University of Western Australia’s Ear Sciences Centre, continuing work on tissue engineering, regeneration and stem cell biology with a focus on the ear. He is also Deputy Director of the Centre for Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine at The University of Western Australia.

This work has attracted funding from the Wellcome Trust, NHMRC, ARC and the Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation. It has resulted in 186 publications, with 115 articles in international journals and 11 invited book chapters. More than 5000 citations have been recorded with an h index of 38. Collaborations have developed with researchers at Melbourne University; the Institute for Frontier Materials at Deakin University; Otolaryngology at Oslo University; University of Chicago; Zhejiang University, China; University of Pisa, Italy; Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; National University of Singapore and University College London, UK.

Prof Dilley supervises students through The University of Western Australia, Murdoch University and Curtin University. 

He is currently taking applications from Honours, Masters and PhD level students to assist with his research projects. For more information click here

Five recent publications:

Tan HE, Santa Maria PL, Wijesinghe P, Francis Kennedy B, Allardyce BJ, Eikelboom RH, et al. Optical coherence tomography of the tympanic membrane and middle ear: a review. Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery. 2018:0194599818775711.

Ong HT, Dilley RJ. Novel non-angiogenic role for mesenchymal stem cell-derived vascular endothelial growth factor on keratinocytes during wound healing. Cytokine & Growth Factor Reviews. 2018.

Liew LJ, Chen LQ, Wang AY, von Unge M, Atlas MD, Dilley RJ. Tympanic membrane derived stem cell-like cultures for tissue regeneration. Stem Cells and Development. 2018;27(10):649-57.

Di Giuseppe M, Law N, Webb B, Macrae RA, Liew LJ, Sercombe TB, et al. Mechanical behaviour of alginate-gelatin hydrogels for 3D bioprinting. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials. 2018;79:150-7.

Wang AY, Shen Y, Liew LJ, Wang JT, von Unge M, Atlas MD, et al. Rat model of chronic tympanic membrane perforation: ventilation tube with mitomycin C and dexamethasone. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 2016;80:61-8.