Dr Mark Lynch


Dr Mark Lynch
NameDr Mark Lynch
Email Addressmark.lynch@unisq.edu.au
Job TitleSenior Lecturer (Biochemistry/Chemistry)
QualificationsPhD ANU
DepartmentSchool of Agriculture and Environmental Science
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-4594-6217
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Biography

Mark Lynch is currently Senior Lecturer and Associate Head Learning, Teaching and Student Success in the School of Agriculture and Environmental Science at the University of Southern Queensland.

Mark completed his undergraduate degree and PhD at Australian National University. His thesis completed in 1993 under the supervision of Dr John Broomhead, was titled “Metal Complexes as Potential Anticancer Agents”. In this work he developed both new chemotherapeutic and radiotherapeutic agents.

After completing his PhD he accepted a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Sydney under the supervision of Prof. Margaret Harding. The research here focused on the development of organometallic chemotherapeutics and DNA sensors to be used for diagnostic purposes. Directly following on from this Mark had a position in the laboratory of Prof. Trevor Hambley which was investigating the rational design of chemotherapeutics and biomimetic enzyme systems.

Mark returned to ANU for his next post-doctoral position working with Prof. Alan Sargeson on Solar Energy Capture and Conversion Systems, which further extended his expertise in synthetic chemistry and chemical analysis.

Mark’s next role was as manager of the undergraduate chemistry teaching laboratories at ANU where he had oversight of the laboratory teaching activities and development of new teaching activities. This role also involved development of risk assessment training and being a key member of the chemical hazard response team and chemical safety team.

A natural progression for Mark was to transition into teaching and an academic position as teaching is an area he is passionate about and derives much satisfaction from. Mark took on roles in course administration, lecturing, tutoring, laboratory supervision, course development and was the second-year chemistry coordinator in the School of Chemistry, ANU.

Mark next accepted an appointment at the University of Southern Queensland leading the chemistry program there. In addition to this role, he also was Program Director for the Bachelor of Biomedical Science, the Bachelor of Science, the Bachelor of Information Technology and the Master of Science. He led and successfully redeveloped the Bachelor of Science and developed a fundamental science course, “Succeeding in Science” which gives student insights into what science is and where a degree in science might lead someone. Mark also developed the Food Science major.

Mark extended his role in University management by taking on the position of Associate Head Learning Teaching and Student Success, firstly within the School of Science and more recently in the newly formed School of Agriculture and Environmental Science where he is a founding member. In the role of Associate Head, he leads staff within the School with the intent of improving the quality of course offerings and ensuring students have valuable learning experiences which translate into successful career outcomes.

Marks’ current research at UniSQ involves a range of collaborations in areas such as the search for new chemotherapeutics from endophytic fungi, the valorisation of food wastes and other wastes in circular economies, the development of fire-retardant polymers and polymers with self-healing potential and related areas in nutrition, health and water quality.

Employment

PositionOrganisationFromTo
Post-Doctoral FellowUniversity of Sydney19941997
Post-Doctoral Fellow Australian National University19971999
Laboratory ManagerAustralian National University20002004
AcademicAustralian National University20042009
Academic University of Southern Queensland20092024

Expertise

Analytical and synthetic chemistry, toxicology, drug development and discovery, chemical safety, chemistry education.

Teaching

CHE1110 Chemistry 1, CHE2120 Chemistry 2

Fields of Research

  • 321407. Toxicology (incl. clinical toxicology)
  • 340199. Analytical chemistry not elsewhere classified
  • 340201. Bioinorganic chemistry
  • 340401. Biologically active molecules
PhD
ANU
1995

Current Supervisions

Research TitleSupervisor TypeLevel of StudyCommenced
Development of fruit peel based bio-adsorbents and their potential application in removal of PFASsAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2023
Investigating the potential of novel compounds produced by Australian fungal endophytes to treat and prevent chronic wounds.Associate SupervisorDoctoral2022
To Determine Appropriate Control System Solutions to Compensate for Temperature Induced Variations on Spectroscopic Analysis of Milk ProteinsAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2019

Completed Supervisions

Research TitleSupervisor TypeLevel of StudyCompleted
Investigation of Queensland dry rainforest endophyte diversity and their production of antimicrobial agentsAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2022
Utilisation of Australian Pineapple (Ananas comosus) processing waste for the production of renewable energyAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2021
The role of inositol in yeast adaptationPrincipal SupervisorDoctoral2019
The use of iron and steel industrial wastes in wastewater treatmentPrincipal SupervisorDoctoral2019
Integrated treatment of brackish groundwaterAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2019
Anaerobic digestion of pre-treated slaughterhouse wasteAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2018
The consumption of sorghum products and phloretin implications for health and metabolic syndromeAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2018

Fire-retardant, anti-dripping, biodegradable and biobased polyurethane elastomers enabled by hydrogen-bonding with cellulose nanocrystals

Xue, Yijiao, Zhang, Tianchen, Peng, Hong, Ma, Zhewen, Zhang, Meng, Lynch, Mark, Dinh, Toan, Zhou, Zhezhe, Zhou, Yonghong and Song, Pingan. 2024. "Fire-retardant, anti-dripping, biodegradable and biobased polyurethane elastomers enabled by hydrogen-bonding with cellulose nanocrystals." Nano Research. 17 (3), pp. 2186-2194. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12274-023-6397-0

Engineering phosphorus-containing lignin for epoxy biocomposites with enhanced thermal stability, fire retardancy and mechanical properties

Zhang, Anlin, Zhang, Jianzhong, Liu, Lina, Dai, Jinfeng, Lu, Xinyu, Huo, Siqi, Hong, Min, Liu, Xiaohuan, Lynch, Mark, Zeng, Xuesen, Burey, Paulomi and Song, Pingan. 2023. "Engineering phosphorus-containing lignin for epoxy biocomposites with enhanced thermal stability, fire retardancy and mechanical properties." Journal of Materials Science and Technology. 167, pp. 82-93. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmst.2023.06.004

Construction and Deconstruction: Materials and substances from 'waste'

Burey, Paulomi, Feldman, Jessica, Seligmann, Hannah, Song, Eric, Flynn, Matthew, Helwig, Andreas, Gharineiat, Zahra, Seneviratne, Dinuki, Whiteside, Eliza, Shelley, Tristan, Priesler, Nils, Manalo, Allan, Mirzaghorbanali, Ali, Nourizadeh, Hadi, Roberts, Michae, Nicol, Rose, Redmond, Petrea, Lynch, Mark, Dearnaley, John, ..., Germon, Geoff. 2023. "Construction and Deconstruction: Materials and substances from 'waste'." Chemistry in Australia. (June-August 2023), pp. 16-21.

Atom-economic synthesis of an oligomeric P/N-containing fire retardant towards fire-retarding and mechanically robust polylactide biocomposites

Feng, Jiabing, Lu, Yixia, Xie, Hongyan, Zhang, Yan, Huo, Siqi, Liu, Xiaohuan, Flynn, Matt, Xu, Zhiguang, Burey, Paulomi, Lynch, Mark, Wang, Hao and Song, Pingan. 2023. "Atom-economic synthesis of an oligomeric P/N-containing fire retardant towards fire-retarding and mechanically robust polylactide biocomposites." Journal of Materials Science and Technology. 160, pp. 86-95. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmst.2023.04.003

Anthocyanin retention in Queen Garnet plums during processing and bottling

Pahl, Jessica, Burey, Polly, Lynch, Mark, Helwig, Andreas and Gharineiat, Zahra. 2022. Anthocyanin retention in Queen Garnet plums during processing and bottling. Australia. Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre.

Fungal Planet description sheets: 1182-1283

Crous, P. W., Cowan, D. A., Maggs-Kolling, G., Yilmaz, N., Thangavel, R., Wingfield, M. J., Noordeloos, M. E., Dima, B., Brandrud, T. E., Jansen, G. M., Morozova, O. V., Vila, J., Shivas, R. G., Tan, Y. P., Bishop-Hurley, S., Lacey, E., Marney, T. S., Larsson, E., Le Floch, G., ..., Groenewald, J. Z.. 2021. "Fungal Planet description sheets: 1182-1283." Persoonia. 46, pp. 313-528. https://doi.org/10.3767/persoonia.2021.46.11

Research on ‘high-pH precipitation treatment’ for RO concentrate minimization and salt recovery in a municipal groundwater desalination facility

Rioyo, Javier, Aravinthan, Vasantha, Bundschuh, Jochen and Lynch, Mark. 2018. "Research on ‘high-pH precipitation treatment’ for RO concentrate minimization and salt recovery in a municipal groundwater desalination facility." Desalination. 439, pp. 168-178. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.desal.2018.04.020

‘High-pH softening pretreatment’ for boron removal in inland desalination systems

Rioyo, Javier, Aravinthan, Vasantha, Bundschuh, Jochen and Lynch, Mark. 2018. "‘High-pH softening pretreatment’ for boron removal in inland desalination systems." Separation and Purification Technology. 205, pp. 308-316. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.seppur.2018.05.030

A review of strategies for RO brine minimization in inland desalination plants

Rioyo, Javier, Aravinthan, Vasantha, Bundschuh, Jochen and Lynch, Mark. 2017. "A review of strategies for RO brine minimization in inland desalination plants." Desalination and Water Treatment. 90, pp. 110-123. https://doi.org/10.5004/dwt.2017.21439

From ultraviolet to Prussian blue: a spectral response for the cyanotype process and a safe educational activity to explain UV exposure for all ages

Turner, J., Parisi, A. V., Downs, N. and Lynch, M.. 2014. "From ultraviolet to Prussian blue: a spectral response for the cyanotype process and a safe educational activity to explain UV exposure for all ages." Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences. 13 (12), pp. 1753-1764. https://doi.org/10.1039/c4pp00166d

Investigation of the anti-microbial properties of endophytes from Santalum lanceolatum

Wixted, J., Dearnaley, J. and Lynch, M.. 2014. "Investigation of the anti-microbial properties of endophytes from Santalum lanceolatum." 2014 Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Mycological Society. Brisbane, Australia 21 - 23 Apr 2014 Australia.

An investigation of the ecology and bioactivity of endophytes from Pittosporum angustifolium

Thompson, M., Lynch, M. and Dearnaley, J.. 2014. "An investigation of the ecology and bioactivity of endophytes from Pittosporum angustifolium." 2014 Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Mycological Society. Brisbane, Australia 21 - 23 Apr 2014 Australia.