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

Mahima Bansal - A glutamate delivery system for neural stimulation

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

Ernest Cheah - The development of sustained and tuneable drug delivery systems for neurotrophic growth factors

Current PhD Candidates - Co-supervisor

Wiremu McFater - Perioperative lidocaine (with Professor Andrew Hill)

Joy Reginald-Opara - Development of a novel drug delivery system for targeted brain delivery in neurodegenerative diseases (with Associate Professor Zimei Wu)

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

Wes Xia - Investigating Post-Operative Pain following Haemorrhoidectomy (with Professor Andrew Hill)

Patrick Pan - On-demand release from liposomes (with Zimei Wu)

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

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)

Distinctions/Honours

Sir Charles Hercus Health Research Fellow

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 503 - Bldg 503
Level 3, Room 301D
85 PARK RD
GRAFTON
AUCKLAND 1023
New Zealand

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