Mr Sean Mackay BSc(Hons)


Doctoral Research Student in Chemistry

Sean completed a BSc(Hons) in Chemistry at the University of Otago in 2012 specialising in applied surfactant chemistry. He then worked as a research assistant developing targeted drug delivery systems for the treatment of neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy. In 2013 he received a doctoral scholarship to pursue a PhD in the area of nanoscale stimuli-responsive drug delivery systems, which is currently underway.

Sean specialises in nanoscience, where his main areas of research interests include drug delivery systems and targeted drug therapy, biological chemistry, electron microscopy and nanoparticle-cell interactions. His current research efforts focus on creating new nanoscale technologies that can be controlled using external stimuli to improve the treatment of neurological disorders, cancer, and strawberry birthmarks. He is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry, Controlled Release Society, the British Society of Nanomedicine, and is involved in collaborative projects with researchers in Neuroscience and Pharmacology Departments at the University of Otago, Pomona College in California and the University of Milwaukie in the USA, and Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology in Japan.

At the GMRI, Sean is focusing on developing transdermal drug delivery technologies to improve the treatment of strawberry birthmarks, and has been a member of Dr Tan’s team since 2014.