Professor Thomas Millar

Professor Thomas Millar

Professor,
Dean's Unit - School Of Science And Health

Professor,
Dean's Unit - School Of Science And Health

Biography

I studied my undergraduate degree at the Univeristy of Melbourne, and completed my PhD at The Flinders University of South Australia examining neuropeptides in the retina. I then did a post-doctoral fellowship at the Australian National Univeristy and moved to Sydney where I carried out electrophysiological research on the retina at the Sydney Eye Hospital. I then moved to the University of Western Sydney.

This information has been contributed by Professor Millar.

Qualifications

  • PhD Flinders University of South Australia
  • MSc University of Melbourne
  • BSc University of Melbourne

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit - School Of Science And Health
  • Dean's Unit - School Of Science And Health

Contact

Email: T.Millar@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 9685 9901
Mobile:
Location: EHA.1.20
Parramatta
Website:

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Publications

Chapters in Books

  • Millar, T., Knighton, R. and Chuck, J. (2015), 'Using biotinylated proteins to demonstrate immunodetection of antigens via western blotting, dot blots and immunohistochemistry', Detection of Blotted Proteins: Methods and Protocols, Humana Press 9781493927173.
  • Millar, T., Mudgil, P. and Khanal, S. (2010), 'Meibomian Glands and Lipid Layer', Encyclopedia of the Eye, Academic Press 9780123741981.

Journal Articles

  • Vicario-de-la-Torre, M., Caballo-Gonzalez, M., Vico, E., Morales-Fernandez, L., Arriola-Villalobos, P., Heras, B., Benitez-del-Castillo, J., Guzman, M., Millar, T., Herrero-Vanrell, R. and Molina-Martinez, I. (2018), 'Novel nano-liposome formulation for dry eyes with components similar to the preocular tear film', Polymers, vol 10, no 4 .
  • Schuett, B. and Millar, T. (2017), 'An experimental model to study the impact of lipid oxidation on contact lens deposition in vitro', Current Eye Research, vol 42, no 9 , pp 1220 - 1227.
  • Willcox, M., Argueso, P., Georgiev, G., Holopainen, J., Laurie, G., Millar, T., Papas, E., Rolland, J., Schmidt, T., Stahl, U., Suarez, T., Subbaraman, L., Ucakhan, O. and Jones, L. (2017), 'TFOS DEWS II tear film report', Ocular Surface, vol 15, no 3 , pp 366 - 403.
  • Grosas, A., Raju, S., Schuett, B., Chuck, J. and Millar, T. (2016), 'Determining if active learning through a formative assessment process translates to better performance in summative assessment', Studies in Higher Education, vol 41, no 9 , pp 1595 - 1611.
  • Millar, T. and Schuett, B. (2015), 'The real reason for having a meibomian lipid layer covering the outer surface of the tear film : a review', Experimental Eye Research, vol 137 , pp 125 - 138.
  • Grosas, A., Kalimuthu, P., Smith, A., Williams, P., Millar, T., Bernhardt, P. and Jones, C. (2014), 'The tachykinin peptide neurokinin B binds copper(I) and silver(I) and undergoes quasi-reversible electrochemistry : towards a new function for the peptide in the brain', Neurochemistry International, vol 70, no 1 , pp 1 - 9.
  • Millar, T. (2013), 'A mechanism to explain the behaviour of spread films of meibomian lipids', Current Eye Research, vol 38, no 1 , pp 220 - 223.
  • Herok, G., Chuck, J. and Millar, T. (2013), 'Teaching and evaluating graduate attributes in science based disciplines', Creative Education, vol 4, no 7A2 , pp 42 - 49.
  • Schuett, B. and Millar, T. (2013), 'An investigation of the likely role of (O-acyl) w-hydroxy fatty acids in meibomian lipid films using (O-oleyl) w-hydroxy palmitic acid as a model', Experimental Eye Research, vol 115 , pp 57 - 64.
  • Raju, S., Palaniappan, C., Ketelson, H., Davis, J. and Millar, T. (2013), 'Interfacial dilatational viscoelasticity of human meibomian lipid films', Current Eye Research, vol 38, no 8 , pp 817 - 824.
  • Palaniappan, C., Schuett, B., Brauer, L., Schicht, M. and Millar, T. (2013), 'Effects of keratin and lung surfactant proteins on the surface activity of meibomian lipids', Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, vol 54, no 4 , pp 2571 - 2581.
  • Sweeney, D., Millar, T. and Raju, S. (2013), 'Tear film stability : a review', Experimental Eye Research, vol 117 , pp 28 - 38.
  • Khanal, S. and Millar, T. (2012), 'Barriers to clinical uptake of tear osmolarity measurements', British Journal of Ophthalmology, vol 96, no 3 , pp 341 - 344.
  • Millar, T., Knighton, R. and Chuck, J. (2012), 'The use of biotin to demonstrate immunohistochemistry, western blotting, and dot blots in university practical classes', Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, vol 40, no 4 , pp 246 - 253.
  • Wei, X., Markoulli, M., Millar, T., Willcox, M. and Zhao, Z. (2012), 'Divalent cations in tears, and their influence on tear film stability in humans and rabbits', Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, vol 53, no 7 , pp 3280 - 3285.
  • Millar, T. and King-Smith, P. (2012), 'Analysis of comparison of human meibomian lipid films and mixtures with cholesteryl esters in vitro films using high resolution color microscopy', Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, vol 53, no 8 , pp 4710 - 4719.
  • Schuett, B. and Millar, T. (2012), 'Lipid component contributions to the surface activity of meibomian lipids', Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, vol 53, no 11 , pp 7208 - 7219.
  • Mudgil, P. and Millar, T. (2011), 'Surfactant properties of human meibomian lipids.', Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, vol 52, no 3 , pp 1661 - 1670.
  • Knop, E., Knop, N., Millar, T., Obata, H. and Sullivan, D. (2011), 'The International Workshop on Meibomian Gland Dysfunction: Report of the Subcommittee on Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology of the Meibomian Gland', Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, vol 52, no 4 , pp 1938 - 1978.
  • Khanal, S. and Millar, T. (2010), 'Nanoscale phase dynamics of the normal tear film', Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine, vol 6, no 6 , pp 707 - 713.
  • Leiske, D., Raju, S., Ketelson, H., Millar, T. and Fuller, G. (2010), 'The interfacial viscoelastic properties and structures of human and animal Meibomian lipids', Experimental Eye Research, vol 90, no 5 , pp 598 - 604.
  • Herok, G., Mudgil, P. and Millar, T. (2009), 'The effect of Meibomian lipids and tear proteins on evaporation rate under controlled in vitro conditions', Current Eye Research, vol 34, no 7 , pp 589 - 597.
  • Millar, T., Mudgil, P., Butovich, I. and Palaniappan, C. (2009), 'Adsorption of human tear lipocalin to human meibomian lipid films', Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, vol 50, no 1 , pp 140 - 151.
  • Butovich, I., Millar, T. and Ham, B. (2008), 'Understanding and analyzing Meibomian lipids - a review', Current Eye Research, vol 33 , pp 405 - 420.
  • Herok, G., Millar, T., Anderton, P. and Martin, D. (2008), 'Role of chloride channels in regulating the volume of acinar cells of the rabbit superior lacrimal gland', Investigative Opthalmology and Visual Science, vol 49, no 12 , pp 5517 - 5525.
  • Mudgil, P. and Millar, T. (2008), 'Adsorption of apo- and holo-tear lipocalin to a bovine Meibomian lipid film', Experimental Eye Research, vol 86, no 4 , pp 622 - 628.
  • Millar, T., Tragoulias, S., Anderton, P., Dennis, G., Mudgil, P., Ball, M. and Miano, F. (2006), 'The Surface Activity of Purified Ocular Mucin at the Air-Liquid Interface and Interactions With Meibomian Lipids', Cornea, vol 25, no 1 , pp 91 - 100.
  • Mudgil, P., Torres, M. and Millar, T. (2006), 'Adsorption of lysozyme to phospholipid and meibomian lipid monolayer films', Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, vol 48, no 2 , pp 128 - 137.
  • Mudgil, P., Dennis, G. and Millar, T. (2006), 'Interactions of Poly(tert-butyl acrylate)-Poly(styrene) di-block copolymers with lipids at the air-water interface. Langmuir.', Langmuir, vol 22 , pp 7672 - 7677.
  • Millar, T. and Mudgil, P. (2006), 'Penetration of human tear lipocalin into a Meibomian lipid layer', Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, vol 47, no 5 , pp 5599 - 5599.
  • Mudgil, P., Dennis, G. and Millar, T. (2005), 'The Surface pressure dynamics and appearance of mixed monolayers of cholesterol and different sized polystyrenes at an air-water interface.', Langmuir, vol 21, no 4 , pp 1338 - 1345.
  • Tragoulias, S., Anderton, P., Dennis, G., Miano, F. and Millar, T. (2005), 'Surface pressure measurements of human tears and individual tear film components indicate that proteins are major contributors to the surface pressure.', Cornea, vol 24 , pp 189 - 200.
  • Miano, F., Calcara, M., Millar, T. and Enea, V. (2005), 'Insertion of tear proteins into a meibomian lipids film.', Colloids Surface B, vol 44 , pp 49 - 55.
  • Pereira, T., Millar, T. and Chuck, J. (2005), 'Viability analysis of alginate encapsulated micro-organisms using fluorescent stains.', Journal of Microencapsulation, vol 22, no 7 , pp 787 - 792.
  • Peters, K., Dennis, G., Anderton, P. and Millar, T. (2003), 'The effects of novel amphipathic block copolymers on stabilization of the rattear film.', Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, vol 12 , pp 5089 - 5094.
  • Millar, T., Papas, E., Ozkan, J., Jalbert, I. and Ball, M. (2003), 'Clinical appearance and microscopic analysis of mucin balls associated withcontact lens wear.', Cornea, vol 22 , pp 740 - 745.
  • Vaegan, P., Anderton, P. and Millar, T. (2002), 'Transient and steady state focal and pattern electroretinogram losses in cats with unilateral optic nerve section', Documenta Ophthalmologica, vol 105 , pp 105 - 127.
  • Peters, K. and Millar, T. (2002), 'The role of different phospholipids on tear break-up time using a model eye', Current Eye Research, vol 25 , pp 55 - 60.
  • Millar, T. and Pearson, M. (2002), 'The effects of dietary and pharmacological manipulation on lipid production in the meibomian and harderian glands of the rabbit', Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, vol 506 , pp 431 - 440.
  • Evans, V., Millar, T., Eden, J. and Willcox, M. (2002), 'Menopause, hormone replacement therapy and tear function', Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, vol 506 , pp 1029 - 1033.

Conference Papers

  • Jones, C., Millar, T. and Chuck, J. (2018), 'Development of a WIL rubric to facilitate identification and mapping of WIL activities in science courses', Australian Collaborative Education Network. National Conference, Brisbane, Qld..

Previous Projects

Title: Eye Research and Technology
Funder:
  • CRC for Eye Research & Technology
Western Researchers: Thomas Millar
Years: 1997-09-08 - 2002-12-31
ID: P0013146
Title: Investigations on the structure of the pre-ocular tear film
Funder:
  • ALCON Research Ltd
Western Researchers: Thomas Millar
Years: 2006-05-09 - 2010-12-31
ID: P0015199
Title: CRCERT Postdoctoral Fellow
Funder:
  • CRC for Eye Research & Technology
Western Researchers: Thomas Millar
Years: 2001-11-02 - 2006-07-31
ID: P0015207
Title: Investigation of the structure of the pre-ocular tear film
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
  • ALCON Research Ltd
Western Researchers: Thomas Millar and John Bartlett
Years: 2007-08-07 - 2013-09-20
ID: P0015464
Title: Structure of mixtures of lipids and block copolymers at the air/water interface
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Gary Dennis and Thomas Millar
Years: 2003-08-11 - 2004-08-10
ID: P0013664
Title: Structure of mixtures of lipids and block copolymers at the air/water interface (AMRFP)
Funder:
  • Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Org
Western Researchers: Gary Dennis and Thomas Millar
Years: 2003-08-11 - 2004-08-10
ID: P0010880
Title: Examination of unique tear lipids and their role in the tear film's structure and function [via UNSW]
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Thomas Millar
Years: 2015-06-26 - 2018-06-25
ID: P00021909
Title: Developing O-ACYL-Q_Hydroxy fatty acids (OAHFAS) in formulations for use in a comfort eye-drop [via UNSW]
Funder:
  • Allergan Inc
Western Researchers: Thomas Millar
Years: 2012-06-01 - 2014-07-31
ID: P00021076
Title: Providing WIL across complex interconnected science degrees
Funder:
  • Office of the Chief Scientist
Western Researchers: Jo-Anne Chuck, Christopher Jones and Thomas Millar
Years: 2016-02-19 - 2017-07-18
ID: P00023479
Title: Purification and analysis of lacritin
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Thomas Millar
Years: 2003-02-28 - 2004-02-28
ID: P0013744
Title: Analysis of the tear film of the eye - what makes it work
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • University of Texas at Austin
Western Researchers: Thomas Millar and Poonam Mudgil
Years: 2006-11-24 - 2007-11-23
ID: P0015332
Title: Using X-ray reflectometry to understand the structure of the surface of the tear film
Funder:
  • Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering Ltd (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Thomas Millar
Years: 2010-01-01 - 2010-12-31
ID: P00017589
Title: Solving dry-eye - an international exchange
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Thomas Millar
Years: 2008-11-21 - 2009-11-20
ID: P00016438
Title: Testing of Current and Prospective Emulsion-Based Artificial Tear Formulas
Funder:
  • Allergan Inc
Western Researchers: Thomas Millar
Years: 2009-01-05 - 2013-09-30
ID: P00016719
Title: The effect of temperature on the molecular organisation of meibomian lipid films
Funder:
  • Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering Ltd (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Thomas Millar and Burkhardt Schuett
Years: 2012-01-01 - 2013-12-31
ID: P00020474
Title: Using X-ray reflectometry to understand the behaviour of estolides
Funder:
  • Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering Ltd (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Thomas Millar and Burkhardt Schuett
Years: 2012-01-01 - 2013-12-31
ID: P00020475
Title: Modelling the structure of meibomian lipid films at the air-water interface using neutron reflectometry [No funding to UWS]
Funder:
  • Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Org
Western Researchers: Thomas Millar and Burkhardt Schuett
Years: 2012-02-21 - 2012-02-23
ID: P00020482
Title: Vision CRC Project
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • CRC Vision
Western Researchers: Thomas Millar
Years: 2010-07-07 - 2015-06-30
ID: P00020313
Title: Investigation of the effect of oxidized versus unoxidized lipid deposits on contact lenses and the cleaning efficiency of Peroxide-based solutions
Funder:
  • ALCON Research Ltd
Western Researchers: Thomas Millar and Burkhardt Schuett
Years: 2011-07-20 - 2012-11-21
ID: P00020394

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