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)

  • Sharma, M., Chandramouli, K., Curley, L., Pontre, B., Reilly, K., Munro, J., ... Svirskis, D. (2018). In vitro and ex vivo characterisation of an in situ gelling formulation for sustained lidocaine release with potential use following knee arthroplasty. Drug delivery and translational research, 8 (3), 820-829. 10.1007/s13346-018-0492-x
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Simon Young, Manisha Sharma, Keryn Reilly, Andrew Hill
  • Yasin, M. N., Brooke, R. K., Rudd, S., Chan, A., Chen, W.-T., Waterhouse, G. I. N., ... Svirskis, D. (2018). 3-Dimensionally ordered macroporous PEDOT ion-exchange resins prepared by vapor phase polymerization for triggered drug delivery: Fabrication and characterization. ELECTROCHIMICA ACTA, 269, 560-570. 10.1016/j.electacta.2018.02.162
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Wan-Ting Chen, Geoffrey Waterhouse, Ilva Rupenthal, Andrew Chan
  • Bansal, M., Sharma, M., Bullen, C., & Svirskis, D. (2018). Free standing PEDOT films prepared by vapour phase polymerisation as electrically tuneable barriers to drug permeability. Materials science & engineering. C, Materials for biological applications, 84, 248-253. 10.1016/j.msec.2017.12.002
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Manisha Sharma, Chris Bullen, Mahima Bansal
  • Aqrawe, Z., Montgomery, J., Travas-Sejdic, J., & Svirskis, D. (2017). Conducting polymers for neuronal microelectrode array recording and stimulation. Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical10.1016/j.snb.2017.11.023
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jadranka Travas-Sejdic, Zaid Aqrawe
  • Aqrawe, Z., Montgomery, J., Travas-Sejdic, J., & Svirskis, D. (2017). Conducting polymers as electrode coatings for neuronal multi-electrode arrays. Trends in Biotechnology, 35 (2), 93-95. 10.1016/j.tibtech.2016.06.007
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jadranka Travas-Sejdic, Johanna Montgomery, Zaid Aqrawe
  • Uppalapati, D., Boyd, B. J., Garg, S., Travas-Sejdic, J., & Svirskis, D. (2016). Conducting polymers with defined micro- or nanostructures for drug delivery. Biomaterials, 111, 149-162. 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2016.09.021
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jadranka Travas-Sejdic
  • Ramtin, A., Seyfoddin, A., Coutinho, F. P., Waterhouse, G. I. N., Rupenthal, I. D., & Svirskis, D. (2016). Cytotoxicity considerations and electrically tunable release of dexamethasone from polypyrrole for the treatment of back-of-the-eye conditions. Drug Delivery and Translational Research, 6 (6), 793-799. 10.1007/s13346-016-0284-0
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Geoffrey Waterhouse, Ilva Rupenthal, Frazer Coutinho
  • Bhusal, P., Harrison, J., Sharma, M., Jones, D. S., Hill, A. G., & Svirskis, D. (2016). Controlled release drug delivery systems to improve post-operative pharmacotherapy. Drug Delivery and Translational Research, 6 (5), 441-451. 10.1007/s13346-016-0305-z
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/31111
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Andrew Hill, Jeff Harrison, Manisha Sharma

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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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