Originally educated as a materials scientist, Paul has attained interdisciplinary experience in diverse areas such as experimental spinal cord surgery and clinical device fabrication. He performed his Ph.D. at the Lions Eye Institute in Perth, Australia, where he was part of a team taking an artificial cornea from concept to the clinic. His first post-doc was at the University of Toronto, Canada, with Molly Shoichet developing hydrogels for nerve regeneration while his second was conducted at Aachen University, Germany, with Martin Möller, applying nanotechnology to life science applications. Later, as a research fellow at the University of Southampton, he investigated neuroinflammatory profiles of hydrogel scaffolds implanted in the spinal cord and began the first direct writing experiments with polymer melts.. Between 2009 and 2013 he collaborated with Professor Dietmar Hutmacher at the Queensland University of Technology in Australia to establish MEW in the recognizable form that it is today.
In 2014, he was recruited as a Professor at the University of Würzburg, Germany, to establish the first MEW printers on the continent. His work soon sparked several successful projects for both his lab and other people who adopted the technology as their own. Europe now has over 30 laboratories with MEW printers.
In 2021, Paul moved to the University of Oregon to the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact. This dynamic, collaborative and progressive environment is well-suited for innovation and advancement of the type of science that will take advanced manufacturing to another level.
Paul has published over 100 research articles in journals that include Advanced Materials, Progress in Polymer Science and Nature Materials.