Researcher

Dr Tushar Kumeria

My Expertise

Biomaterials, sensing, therapeutics delivery systems, and tissue engineering

Keywords

Biography

I am a Scientia Senior Lecturer and an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Fellow (ECF) at the School of Materials Science and Engineering, The University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. I completed my Ph.D. in 2015 from the University of Adelaide with a Doctoral Thesis Medal and Dean’s Commendation Letter. After that, I spent two years at the University of California-San Diego (UCSD) as...view more

I am a Scientia Senior Lecturer and an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Fellow (ECF) at the School of Materials Science and Engineering, The University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. I completed my Ph.D. in 2015 from the University of Adelaide with a Doctoral Thesis Medal and Dean’s Commendation Letter. After that, I spent two years at the University of California-San Diego (UCSD) as a postdoc in Prof. M. J. Sailor’s lab. In 2017, I returned to Australia to the School of Pharmacy, University of Queensland (UQ) as UQ Development Fellow and transitioned to my NHMRC ECF soon after as an independent researcher leader. I have received research grants of ~ AU$3 million (AU$1.4 M as Lead Investigator) from various competitive sources. My research expertise lies in porous materials and their composite for biomedical applications with a focus on:

  1. Porous materials-based drug delivery systems for efficient and targeted delivery.
  2. Porous materials/Polymer composite scaffolds and implants for tissue engineering
  3. Porous photonic crystals-based point-of-care sensors for diagnostics and environmental applications.

My Grants

Grant/Fellowship

Funds

Years

Source

Status

Australia-India Strategic Research Fund $574,000 2021-2022 Australian Dept. of Business To start
US Army Research Program (UNSW CIA) US$200k 2021-2022 US Department of Defence To start

Discovery Project (CIA)

$414,000

2020-2022

Australian Research Council

On-going

Discovery Project (CIC)

$510,000

2020-2022

Australian Research Council

On-going

Scientia Academic Fellowship

$200,000

2020-2024

University of New South Wales

To start

UQ-ECR Grant (CIA)

$37,000

2019

University of Queensland

One-off

ADRF Grant (2x CIB)

$21,000

2019 & 2021

Australian Dental Research Foundation

One-off

Interfaculty Seeding Grant (CIB)

$37,000

2019

HaBS & Medicine Faculty, UQ

One-off

Aus-German Exchange (CIB)

$20,000

2019-2020

DAAD-German Academic Exchange Service

On-going

Early Career Fellowship

$328,000

2018-2022

National Health and Medical Research Council

On-going

Seeding Grant (CIA; 2x CIB; CID)

$125,000

2018-2019

HaBS Faculty, University of Queensland

One-off

Research Strategy Funds (CIA)

$22,000

2017

School of Pharmacy, UQ

One-off

PACE Start-up Funds (CIA)

$10,000

2017

School of Pharmacy, UQ

One-off

UQ Development Fellowship

$320,000

2017-2020

School of Pharmacy, UQ

Relinquished

Overseas Travel Fellowship

$5000

2014

Australian Nanotechnology Network

One-off


My Qualifications

2012-2015: PhD in Chemical Engineering (nanomaterails) - University of Adelaide, Australia

2005-2011: B.Tech + M. Tech (integrated) Nanotechnology and Nanoscience - Amity Univerity, India


My Awards

2019: Awarded $500 performance bonus on CSIRO ON Prime program

2019: Selected as Member of the Young Scientist Committee of the Controlled Release Society (CRS-YSC)

2019: FUJIFILM VisualSonics Travel Award (US$1000) to present my bioimaging work at IUMRS in Perth

2019: Selected for CSIRO ON Prime to develop and commercialize our biosensing tool for prostate cancer

2019: Early Career Researcher of the year award at Princes Alexendra Hospital Health Symposium (1/71)

2019: Best Publication Award from Research Strategies Committee at UQ-School of Pharmacy

2017: Best Business Case Presentation at Australian Nanotechnology Network’s ECR symposium (1 of 4 teams)

2016: University of California San Diego-UCSD finalist for NIH Early Independence award (1 of 2 in UCSD)

2015: Best PhD thesis Medal and Commendation Letter from University of Adelaide, Australia (1 of 15 total)

2012: PhD Scholarship from University of Adelaide (1 of only 15 in ECMS faculty)

2011: Australian Pharmaceutical Science Association Conference APSA best poster nominee (top 10 out of 109)

2011: Silver Medal for Academic Excellence from Amity University, India (2nd in a class of 28)

2010: International Visiting Researcher Scholarship from University of South Australia ($23,000)


My Research Supervision


Supervision keywords


Areas of supervision

Materials for drug delivery, sensing, and tissue engineering.


Currently supervising

  • Yuxue Cao: Joint Supervision – Porous materials for oral delivery of macromolecules
  • Masood Ali: Joint Supervision – Composite microneedle platform for transdermal delivery
  • Mai Gabr: Co-supervision – Dissolvable silicon structures for topical and transdermal drug delivery
  • Aun Raza: Co-supervision – Oral Meropenem delivery platforms
  • John Ndayishimiye: Co-supervision – Oral Nitroimidazole formulations
  • Liam Krueger: Co-supervision – Advanced drug delivery platforms
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Location

Room 242, Hilmer Building

Contact

+61-2-9065 4342