Rodney Dilley

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Rodney Dilley

BSc (Hons), PhD


Adjunct Associate Professor Rodney Dilley leads Basic Research at Ear Science Institute Australia, Perth, Western Australia. He has focused much of his 30 year research career on cardiovascular biology, regeneration, tissue engineering and translational applications for adult stem cells.

After completing a PhD at University of Western Australia, he undertook postdoctoral research work at University of Washington in Seattle and at Baker Institute in Melbourne. After spending some years at the University of Melbourne, O’Brien Institute of Microsurgery and the Australian Tissue Engineering Centre, he returned to Perth in 2011 to take up a position at Ear Science Institute Australia and at The University of Western Australia’s Ear Sciences Centre to continue working on tissue engineering, regeneration and stem cell biology.

This work has attracted funding from NHMRC, ARC and the Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation. Collaborations have been developed with researchers at the Institute for Frontier Materials at Deakin University; Otolaryngology at Karolinska Institute, Sweden; Oslo University; University of Chicago; Zhejiang University, China; University of Pisa, Italy; and Applied Biomedical Engineering at University College London, UK.

Dr Dilley’s work has resulted in 153 publications, with 90 refereed articles in international journals and 11 invited book chapters. More than 4000 citations have been recorded with an h index of 33.

He is a Committee member of Australian Wound and Tissue Repair Society, and the Research Committee of University of Notre Dame Medical School. He also supervises postgraduate students through The University of Western Australia, Curtin University and at the University of Melbourne, Department of Medicine.

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

5 recent publications 

Allardyce BJ, Rajkhowa R, Dilley RJ, Xie Z, Campbell L, Keating A, Atlas MD, von Unge M, Wang X. Comparative acoustic performance and mechanical properties of silk membranes for the repair of chronic tympanic membrane perforations. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials. 2016 Dec 31;64:65-74.

Shen Y, Redmond SL, Papadimitriou JM, Teh BM, Yan S, Wang Y, Atlas MD, Marano RJ, Zheng M, Dilley RJ. The biocompatibility of silk fibroin and acellular collagen scaffolds for tissue engineering in the ear. Biomed Mater. 2014 Feb;9(1):015015.

Wang A, Shen Y, Liew LJ, Wang JT, von Unge M, Atlas MD, Dilley RJ. Rat model of chronic tympanic membrane perforation: Ventilation tube with mitomycin C and dexamethasone. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 80(1):61-68; 2015.

Allardyce BJ, Rajkhowa R, Dilley RJ, Atlas MD, Kaur J, Wang X. The impact of degumming conditions on the properties of silk films for biomedical applications. Textile Research Journal. 2016 Feb 1;86(3):275-87.

Danti S, Mota C, D’alessandro D, Trombi L, Ricci C, Redmond SL, De Vito A, Pini R, Dilley RJ, Moroni L, Berrettini S. Tissue engineering of the tympanic membrane using electrospun PEOT/PBT copolymer scaffolds: A morphological in vitro study. Hearing, Balance and Communication. 2015 Oct 2;13(4):133-47.