Speaker: Professor Nico Voelcker, Strand Leader – Biomaterials & Nanomedicine, Lloyd Sansom Chair, Future Industries Institute, UniSA
Title: Therapeutic and diagnostic applications of nanomedicine
Chair: Dr Ehud Hauben, Senior Medical Scientist, Liver Metastasis Research Group, University of Adelaide Discipline of Surgery. Located level 1 BHI, TQEH.
Speaker biography: After completing his BSc at the University of Saarland (1993) and his MSc at the RWTH Aachen (1995) in Germany, Nico Voelcker completed his PhD thesis (1999) in polymer surface chemistry at the DWI Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials under Professor Hartwig Höcker. He received postdoctoral fellowships to work in the area of bio-organic chemistry under Professor Reza Ghadiri at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. In 2001 he became a Lecturer at Flinders University in Australia, an Associate Professor in 2006 and a full Professor in 2008. From 2008-2011, he was the Associate Head of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Flinders University. Since 2012, a Professor in Chemistry and Materials Science at the Mawson Institute of the University of South Australia, taking on the role of Deputy Director of the Mawson Institute and Program Leader of the Cooperative Research Centre for Cell Therapy Manufacturing in 2013. He is also Node Leader in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology since 2014. In 2015 Nico took on the role of Strand Leader – Biomaterials and Nanomedicine for the Future Industries Institute at the University of South Australia
Nico’s key research interest lies in the fabrication and surface modification of porous materials for applications in biosensors, biochips, biomaterials and drug delivery. A core research activity in his laboratory is the study of porous silicon based nanostructures and their surface chemistry. Using advanced surface analytical spectroscopy and microscopy techniques, his research has also contributed to the understanding of the fundamental principles of interfacial interactions of proteins, nucleic acids and whole cells on solid surfaces. Using this fundamental understanding, he is also developing new nanostructured materials for biosensors, biochips, biomaterials and drug delivery.
He has authored over 220 peer-reviewed journal articles with over 3500 citations, h-index 32. He has received fellowships from the German Research Foundation (DFG), the CSIRO, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and is a recipient of the Tall Poppy Science Award.