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  • Amy is an early career researcher and has a broad research interest in advancing the dermatological sciences. She was awarded her PhD in biomedical engineering from the Institute of Science and Technology in Medicine at Keele University (UK).

  • Upon completion of her thesis she worked with industry at Dermal Technology Laboratory under Professor John Heylings. Amy is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Therapeutics Research Centre at UniSA, South Australia, and is based at the BHI.

  • Amy was previously selected to present her research on ‘Novel nanomaterials for enhanced antiseptic efficacy’ to the Parliamentary Scientific Committee at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London.

  • Dr Amy Holmes is interested in developing topical and transdermal drug delivery systems, investigating the potential toxicity of dermally applied compounds, particularly nanomaterials, through percutaneous absorption.
  • Amy uses many techniques including optical coherence tomography, time of flight secondary ion mass spectrometry and multiphoton microscopy with fluorescent lifetime imaging to investigate the penetration of compounds into human skin.
  • The skin is our interface with the environment. It is therefore of paramount importance to understand how to formulate topically applied therapeutics and study their deposition and potential toxicity within the skin.

Amy is available to supervise Honours, Masters and PhD students.

Amy has a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Keele University in the UK.

Professional Associations

UK and Ireland Controlled Release Society

Positions Held

  • 2013 November – present: Post-doctoral researcher in the Therapeutics Research Centre, UniSA
  • 2013 April – October: Graduate researcher at Dermal Technology Laboratory
  • 2009 August – April 2013: School of Pharmacy, Keele University, PhD student studying novel topical drug delivery strategies for the advancement of infection control.
  • 2007 July- September 2008: Microbiology Intern at Johnson Diversey

Amy has been involved in an outreach to higher education program where she visited local schools to ensure students from all backgrounds engage with STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) are aware of the opportunities available to them.

Amy has also volunteered at the BHI booth at Science Alive! 2016 – the largest science expo in the southern hemisphere, with over 25,000 people visiting over the 3 day event.


Media Expertise

Amy is willing to speak with the media about penetration of drugs through the skin and dermal toxicity.