Professor Bruce Milthorpe joined UTS as Dean of Science in November 2008. Previously he was a professor in the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering, University of New South Wales. From February 2006 to August 2007, he was the Deputy President (Academic) of UNSW Asia. Prior to his time with UNSW Asia, he was Head of School of the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering, UNSW, from 1998 until March 2006.
In 2004 he was elected Fellow Biomaterials Science and Engineering and in 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society New South Wales. He is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Professor Milthorpe has been an advisor to the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia through a sub-committee of the Therapeutic Devices Evaluation Committee and the Therapeutic Goods Committee. He is a Chairman of the Board of Culture at Work, and a director for the Sydney Institute for Marine Science. He is a past director of a biomedical instrumentation company, a former board member of a biomedical research company and of Insearch Ltd and was President of the UNSW branch of the National Tertiary Education Industry Union for six years.
He has a background as a biochemist and biomaterials scientist with nearly 30 years’ experience in biomaterials development and assessment, as well as interests in tissue engineering and cytometry. His research experience is in biomaterials, orthopaedic graft materials for reconstruction, hydroxyapatite ceramic composites, biomaterial interactions with bone, quantitative cytometry related to biomaterial histology, polymer material interactions with proteins, enzymatic modelling and molecular interaction kinetics, and data analysis. He has additional experience in the use of cell culture and in vivo models for assessment of cellular and tissue interactions with materials.
He has been a member of the international editorial board of Biomaterials, and is now on the editorial board of two new journals in the field, as well as having served as an executive member of several research societies. He has published over 100 refereed journal articles and more than 120 conference presentations. He has been named on three patents in the area of medical devices.