Dr 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)

Responsibilities

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)

Identifiers

Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 505 - Bldg 505
Level 3, Room 301
85 PARK RD
GRAFTON
AUCKLAND 1023
New Zealand

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