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Professor Mike Roberts is an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow, Professor of Therapeutics & Pharmaceutical Science at the University of South Australia and Professor of Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics at The University of Queensland.

He established and is Director of the Therapeutics Research Centre (TRC) that has units at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane and, more recently, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Adelaide. He has 40 years research experience (25 as a full professor and 16 as an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow) across several disciplines but with a focus on the skin and related technologies, and on research seeking to improve patient outcomes.

Mike is a pharmaceutical scientist, passionate about drugs, toxins and nanosystem delivery (especially topical), whose focus is to deliver better patient outcomes and treatments.

His specific research interests include:

  • rational drug design
  • drug delivery (especially skin and oral)
  • clinical pharmacokinetics
  • toxicology, and
  • the pharmacist’s role in quality use of medicines

Through his research he aims to:

  • provide better treatments for overdoses and poisoning based on physiological parameters
  • develop toxicology and topical predictive models to describe treatment responses with a view to reducing the regulatory burden
  • work with national and international regulatory bodies to develop better criteria to approve topically applied generic products, and
  • to improve the topical and systemic targeted delivery for antimicrobial and cancer chemotherapy

Professor Roberts has supervised 48 PhD completions and examined a further 22 PhD theses. He is currently supervising 10 PhD students (in Adelaide and Brisbane) and actively looking for suitable students to undertake postgraduate study with his group.


  • BPharm
  • MSc
  • PhD
  • DSc
  • MBA
  • FACP
  • Dip Tertiary Ed

Professional Associations

  • Australasian Pharmaceutical Science Association
  • Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists
  • Controlled Release Society
  • National Association of Research Fellows (NHMRC)
  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
  • Fellow of the Australian College of Pharmacy
  • Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Association
  • Fellow in Nanoscience
  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences

Positions held in the last 10 years

  • Professor of Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics & NHMRC SPRF, University of Queensland (1994 – 2009)
  • Professor & Director of Therapeutics Research Centre, University of Queensland (2009 – current)
  • Professor of Therapeutics and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of South Australia (2009 – current)

Professor Mike Roberts is available to the media to comment on:

The discipline of Therapeutics and Pharmaceutical Science which includes:

  • Topical (skin) products
  • Clinical pharmacology (pharmacokinetics, toxicology, drug delivery, pharmaceutical formulation)
  • Health/medication care delivery
  • Hepatic metabolism
  • Drug structure-disposition relationships