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Group Leader

Associate Professor Natalie Trevaskis

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Associate Professor Trevaskis heads the lymphatic biology and drug delivery laboratory at MIPS. She is also a senior lecturer within the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University. She coordinates the unit How Medicines Work 2 and teaches drug delivery, formulation and pharmacokinetics in the Master of Pharmacy Course. Assoc Prof Trevaskis completed her PhD in drug delivery in 2006, and subsequently worked on industry (Pfizer, Novartis) and government (NHMRC) funded projects before establishing her own lab in 2014. She has published >55 papers on lipid-based and lymphatic drug delivery including in top journals Nature, Nature Nanotechnology, Angewandte Chemie and Journal of Controlled Release, and highly cited reviews in Nature Reviews Drug Discovery, Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews and Pharmacological Reviews. She is also the inventor on over 20 patent applications for lymph-directing formulations and prodrugs that have been licensed to Puretech Health. Dr Trevaskis continues to be fascinated by the roles and functions of the lymphatic system, and is excited by the potential to develop completely new treatments for immune and metabolic diseases by targeting the lymphatics. In her spare time she enjoys trail running and spending time with her family and friends.

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Group Members

Dr Ian Styles

Ian is a Research Fellow in our group. His research aims to understand the extent of lymphatic absorption and exposure of established and emerging drugs and drug delivery technologies, to further improve our fundamental understanding of the role of the lymphatic system in both health and disease.

Email: ian.styles@monash.edu

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Dr Abel Anshabo

Abel is a Research Fellow with an interest in evaluating the efficacy of lymph-directed therapies in halting the progression of systemic inflammation during acute and critical illness.

Email: abel.anshabo1@monash.edu

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Dr Sanjeevini (Sanju) Babu Reddiar

Sanju is a Research Fellow in our group. Her research focuses on the use of peptides as research tools to inform the design and delivery of peptides for oral administration and as potential drugs.

Email: sanjeevini.babureddiar1@monash.edu

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Thu Hoang

Thu is a PhD student developing a novel cervical lymph cannulation method to evaluate the lymphatic elimination of drugs from the brain.

Email: thu.hoang@monash.edu

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Alina Lam

Alina is a PhD student working on targeted delivery of drugs to the joint-draining lymphatics as a treatment strategy for inflammatory arthritis.

Email: alina.lam1@monash.edu

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Mohammed Abdullah

Mohammad is a PhD student. His current research interest is mainly evaluating the lymphatic uptake and pharmacokinetics of lipid functionalised nanocarriers, and also the potential of these nanocarriers in treating lymph-derived diseases such as acute and critical illness.

Email: mohammad.abdallah@monash.edu

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Zijun (James) Lu

James is a PhD student whose research interest is in targeting the intestinal lymph to treat acute and critical illnesses.

Email: zijun.lu@monash.edu

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Anna Nguyen

Anna is a PhD student whose research focuses on the delivery of proteins to the lungs using dry powder inhaler technology.

Email: anna.nguyen3@monash.edu

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Xiaotong Zhou

Xiaotong is a PhD student working on glyceride-mimetic prodrugs that can enhance lymphatic and systemic drug exposure, and their application in inflammatory diseases.

Email: xiaotong.zhou@monash.edu

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Reyaj Mikrani

Reyaj is a PhD student. His current research interest is obesity-associated lymph leakage and its effect on mucosal immune function.

Email: reyaj.mikrani@monash.edu

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Muhammad Asim Farooq

Asim is a PhD student; his research project mainly focuses on trafficking of nanoparticles and their association with immune cells in a lymph node.

Email: muhammad.farooq1@monash.edu

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Hefeng Song

Hefeng is an Honours student working on novel approaches to deliver steroid drugs topically as a treatment for hand osteoarthritis.

Email: hson0019@student.monash.edu

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Lab Alumni

PhD completions

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Dr Sifei Han

NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow
Drug Delivery Disposition & Dynamics,
MIPS

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Dr Enyuan Cao

Research Fellow
Drug Delivery Disposition & Dynamics,
MIPS

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Dr Ruby Kochappan

Research Fellow
Drug Delivery Disposition & Dynamics,
MIPS

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Dr Given Lee

Clinical Research Coordinator
Jreissati Family Pancreatic Centre,
Epworth Hospital

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Dr Gracia Gracia

Research Fellow
Drug Delivery Disposition & Dynamics,
MIPS

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Honours completions

Anisa Wahab, Enyuan Cao, Gracia Gracia, Alina Lam, Iasmin Inocencio, Kathy Lu, Zijun (James) Lu, Yining Xie, Lihuan (Ada) Lin