Associate Professor Darren Svirskis

BHB, BPharm, PhD

Research | Current

Research interests

  • Controlled Drug Delivery
  • Novel Drug Delivery Systems
  • Conducting Polymers
  • Implantable Drug Delivery
  • Microelectrode Arrays
  • Brain:Machine Interface

Postgraduate supervision

Current PhD Candidates - Principle supervisor

Saiful Azmi - Neuronal mimicry: Triggered glutamate release from a conducting polymer

Mahima Bansal - A glutamate delivery system for neural stimulation

Anusha Dravid - Delivering nerve growth factor to promote outgrowth in lower motor neurons (with Simon O'Carroll) 

PhD Candidates - Co-supervisor

Marvin Tang - Co-delivery of gemcitabine and dCK DNA to overcome resistance to gemcitabine in pancreatic cancer (with A/Prof Zimei Wu)

Wiremu - Perioperative local anaesthetic (With Professor Andrew Hill)

Joy - Development of a novel drug delivery system for targeted brain delivery in neurodegenerative diseases (with A/Prof Zimei Wu)

Qing Xu - Pressure sensing PEDOT to improve ocular health (with Dr Duleepa Thrimawithana)

Current Masters Candidates

Zhumin (Nicola) Wei - Effect of drug molecular weight and charge on permeation through free standing PEDOT membranes

Nancy Bala - Towards biorelevant media: The influence of surface tension on drug release (with Dr Sara Hanning)

Completed PhDs (primary supervisor)

Dr Prabhat Bhusal - Development of a recoverable controlled release polymeric implant for use following abdominal surgery

Dr Dedeepya Uppalapati - Liquid crystalline templated conducting polymer structures

Dr Zaid Aqrawe - Conducting polymer / neuronal communication

Completed PhDs (co-supervisor)

Dr Travis Badenhorst - Dermal and cellular delivery of an endogenous peptide (with Dr Zimei Wu)

Dr Shawn (Guanyu) Chen - Development of a novel drug delivery system to enhance the oral bioavailability of Gemcitabine for the treatment of cancer (with Dr Jingyuan Wen)

Dr Emma Kang - Cancer drug delivery systems and nano-carriers for drug targeting (with Dr Zimei Wu)

Dr M. Naveed Yasin - Conducting polymer implant for on-demand ocular drug delivery (with Dr Ilva Rupenthal)


Undergraduate course coordination

Pharmacy 213 module leader for Gastrointestinal Tract

Pharmacy 412 module leader for Integrated Therapeutics

Postgraduate course coordination

Pharmacy 751: Pharmaceutical Techniques

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)


Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 503 - Bldg 503
Level 3, Room 301D
New Zealand

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