Dr Tushar Kumeria


Porous nano-biomaterials are revolutionizing the field of drug delivery and tissue engineering. A number of porous materials including porous silica nanoparticles, porous/tubular titanium, porous silicon and others have been synthetically prepared extensively explored in these fields. This is made possible due to their ultrahigh surface area and large open pore volume that enables loading and controlled release of a range of therapeutics.  Furthermore, the ability to modify the pore structure and surface chemistry allows for loading of difficult drugs (i.e. with poor aqueous solubility, stability, and permeation) and even proteins-based therapeutics. Recently, porous nano-biomaterials have specifically become popular for localized release of proteins and growth factors for tissue regeneration due to their ability to preserve protein/growth factor bioactivity under harsh conditions. This talk will focus on recent advances in synthesis of novel porous nano-biomateirals, and their use in drug delivery and tissue engineering.

Speaker bio

Tushar KumeriaDr Tushar Kumeria is an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Fellow at the School of Pharmacy, The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia. He has co-authored 54 high impact journal publications in various internationally renowned journals in the field of nanomaterials, biomaterials, sensing, and drug delivery. He completed my Ph.D. in 2015 from the University of Adelaide with a Doctoral Thesis Medal and Dean’s Commendation Letter. In 2015, he moved to the USA and spent two years at University of California-San Diego (UCSD) as a postdoc at Prof. M. J. Sailor’s group. His current research focus is on:
1.  Porous silicon based delivery systems for highly efficient and targeted delivery of protein/biologics via oral or other administration route.
2. Porous silicon/Polymer composite and porous titanium dioxide based scaffolds/implants that enable local release of therapeutics and growth factors for accelerated bone regeneration,
3. Porous silicon or porous alumina photonic crystals based point-of-care sensors for diagnostics and environmental applications.

About Seminar Series

The School of Pharmacy Seminar Series involves regular formal presentations of high-quality scholarly work with broad appeal.

The wider School community is invited to attend, including academic and professional staff, special guests, visitors, as well as HDR, postgraduate, masters and honours students.

Seminars are held on Fridays from 12pm–1pm in room 5034 in the Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence, 20 Cornwall St Woolloongabba (next to TRI and the PA Hospital).

Confirmed 2021 seminars

Date Presenter
12-1pm, Friday 19 March
(PACE R5034 and Zoom)
Professor Paul Clarke, Director Diamantina Institute        
12-1pm, Friday 16 April
(Zoom only)
Associate Professor Francine Marques, Monash University     
12-1pm, Friday 23 April
(Zoom only)
Associate Professor Ben Colagiuri, Sydney University 
12-1pm, Friday 7 May
(Zoom only)
Dr Laurence Cheung, Curtin University
12-1pm, Friday 30 July
(location TBC)
Dr Gary Chan, UQ CYSUR
12-1pm, Friday 13 August
(Zoom only)
Professor Sanjay Garg, University of South Australia
12-1pm, Friday 3 September
(PACE R5034 and Zoom)
Associate Professor Michael Barras, UQ Pharmacy
12-1pm 10 September
(Online via Zoom)

Professor Josephine Forbes, Mater Research


12-1pm, Friday 17 September
(PACE R5034 and Zoom)

Professor Nigel McMillan, Program Director: Infectious Diseases and Immunology, Menzies Health Institute QLD, Griffith University

12-1pm, Friday 24 September
(Location TBC)
Denuja Karunakaran, IMB Fellow, Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB), UQ


Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence, 20 Cornwall St, Woolloongabba