Joseph Deere

Joseph Deere

Distinguished Scientist

Applied Technologies

Joseph is a biophysical chemist working on plasticising biomolecules for sensor applications. His deep understanding of the commercialisation of science research comes from his background ranging from academia through industrial R&D and contract manufacturing.

At Callaghan Innovation Joseph works on cancer health and the positive impact on patient outcomes.

His MicroSystems and Polymers team has an interest in researching smell and vapour molecules used to detect various phenomena. Humans have limited range for smell, but elephants can sense a thunderstorm through smelling rain which may be falling over 100 kilometres away?

My team are working on technology that can capture breath molecules which holds promise for more convenient point-of-care testing. We hope this will bring more accessible testing to a broader range of individuals in health ecosystems.

Areas of expertise
  • Protein chemistry
  • Advanced nanoporous materials synthesis and characterisation
  • Surface modifications and enzyme chemistry from solid surfaces
  • Molecularly imprinted polymer technologies for small molecule and protein recognition
  • Antibody bioconjugation and characterisation
  • Antibody drug conjugates (ADCs)
  • Advanced gas sensor development
  • Research Science commercialisation
  • BSc, Industrial Biochemistry, University of Limerick, Ireland, 1997
  • MSc, Biochemical Engineering University College London, UK, 1998
  • PhD, Biophysical Chemistry, University of Limerick, Ireland, 2003
  • Master of Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship, University of Auckland, 2023
Memberships and awards
  • American Chemical Society
  • Potential role of volatile organic compound breath testing in the Australasian colorectal cancer pathway. H. Gower, K. Danielson, A.P.E. Dennett, J. Deere. ANZ Journal of Surgery, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, 2023
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