Nicky Thomas is an NHMRC Early Career Researcher and Research Fellow at the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences.
The global theme of Nicky's research is to transform new and existing drugs into the best medicines for patients.
Nicky's research is in particular concerned with the interaction of nanomedicines with bacterial biofilms and with the development of novel strategies to combat some of the most debilitating diseases - chronic infections.
A trained pharmacist Nicky received his BSc in Germany (Albert -Ludwigs University, Freiburg). With several years of experience in community pharmacies, hospital pharmacies, and pharmaceutical industry he has specialised in the topical and oral delivery of drugs.
In 2012 Nicky obtained his PhD with distinction in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Otago, New Zealand. His PhD research was concerned with the fate of lipid-based drug delivery systems and concomitantly administered drugs during digestion in the body.
Following one year as a Postdoc at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, he joined UniSA in 2013. Recently, Nicky has been awarded a prestigious Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Researcher Fellowship ($ 309,436) in support of his translational research on nanomedicine interactions with antibiotic-resistant biofilms.
Nicky is the founder and head of Adelaide's first Biofilm Test Facility, situated in the School of Pharmacy. The facility offers academia, health care providers and industry a range of in vitro and in vivo efficacy tests for compounds, formulations and medical devices against biofilms that are associated with recurring and difficult to treat chronic infections.
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