Dr Darren Svirskis

BHB, BPharm, PhD

Research | Current

Research interests

  • Controlled Drug Delivery
  • Novel Drug Delivery Systems
  • Conducting Polymers
  • Polypyrrole
  • Implantable Drug Delivery

Postgraduate supervision

PhD Candidates - Principle supervisor

Dedeepya Uppalapati - Liquid crystalline templated conducting polymer structures

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

Zaid Aqrawe - Conducting polymer / neuronal communication

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

PhD Candidates - Co-supervisor

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)

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

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

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

Masters Candidates

Noor Tawfeek - Pharmacokinetic modelling of lidocaine and the development of a drug-eluting polymeric mesh to provide analgesia following hernia repair

Mahima Bansal - PEDOT membranes for tunable release of nicotine


Undergraduate course coordination

Pharmacy 213 module leader for Gastrointestinal Tract

Postgraduate course coordination

Pharmacy 751: Pharmaceutical Techniques

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • 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
  • 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: Geoff 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
  • Svirskis, D., Chandramouli, K., Bhusal, P., Wu, Z., Alphonso, J., Chow, J., ... Stowers, R. (2016). Injectable thermosensitive gelling delivery system for the sustained release of lidocaine. Therapeutic delivery, 7 (6), 359-368. 10.4155/tde-2016-0014
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Zimei Wu, Simon Young, Manisha Sharma, Jacob Munro, Andrew Hill
  • Seyfoddin, A., Chan, A., Chen, W.-T., Rupenthal, I. D., Waterhouse, G. I. N., & Svirskis, D. (2015). Electro-responsive macroporous polypyrrole scaffolds for triggered dexamethasone delivery. European journal of pharmaceutics and biopharmaceutics : official journal of Arbeitsgemeinschaft fur Pharmazeutische Verfahrenstechnik e.V, 94, 419-426. 10.1016/j.ejpb.2015.06.018
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Geoff Waterhouse, Ilva Rupenthal, Wan-Ting Chen
  • Yasin, M. N., Svirskis, D., Seyfoddin, A., & Rupenthal, I. D. (2014). Implants for drug delivery to the posterior segment of the eye: a focus on stimuli-responsive and tunable release systems. Journal of controlled release : official journal of the Controlled Release Society, 196, 208-221. 10.1016/j.jconrel.2014.09.030
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ilva Rupenthal
  • Falconer, J. R., Wu, Z., Lau, H., Suen, J., Wang, L., Pottinger, S., ... Gargiulo, D. A. (2014). An Investigation into the Stability and Sterility of Citric Acid Solutions Used for Cough Reflex Testing. Dysphagia, 29 (5), 622-628. 10.1007/s00455-014-9558-1
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/23162
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Zimei Wu, Derryn Gargiulo, Simon Swift


Contact details

Primary location

M&HS BUILDING 505 - Bldg 505
Level 3, Room 301
New Zealand

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