Matthew Pelletier, PhD

Surgical and Orthopaedic Research Laboratory (SORL), Prince of Wales Clinical School, University of New South Wales, Kensington, Australia

Dr Matthew Pelletier is Senior Research Fellow at the Surgical & Orthopaedic Research Laboratories, University of New South Wales, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, Australia.

Dr. Pelletier left the US in 2002 after completing his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at UND to pursue his Masters and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at UNSW.

Dr. Pelletier has extensive experience in preclinical studies including small and particularly large animal models. His broad research interests include biomaterial-tissue interactions, evaluation of implant performance both in vivo and in vitro, development and refinement of surgical interventions, as well as expanding the understanding of specific disease progressions and treatments. His experience includes, biomechanical testing, imaging analysis techniques, histological evaluation, and metallurgy. He has a keen interest in spinal degenerative conditions and interventions for treating these conditions. Specific research includes; biomechanical, histological, and radiographic assessments of nucleus pulposus replacements and the pure moment testing of the spine in general, bone graft substitutes/implant material modification and surface treatments as well as growth factors and their influence in spinal fusion. His research is not limited to the spine alone but includes treatment of critically sized defects, platelet rich plasma, rotator cuff repair, bone ingrowth/ongrowth, fracture fixation, PMMA (bone cement), evaluation of vascular devices, implant/bone micromotion under loading, as well as others.

Dr. Pelletier supervises students undertaking Ph.D., Masters, ILP (Independent Learning Projects, research year for medical students), and undergraduate research projects. He frequently contributes to peer review via journal articles, has 100+ abstract and poster presentations at scientific meetings, 100+ published journal articles and 750+ citations.

Terms of Appointment: April 2019 - April 2021