Dr Tristan Clemons

Making a big difference through tiny particles

Dr Clemons is a nanotechnology specialist and key member of the BioNano research team at UWA, developing nanoparticle drug delivery systems for better treatment of various diseases, especially cancer.

An early career researcher, Dr Clemons investigates the use of nanoparticles for the delivery of therapeutics for the treatment of very serious diseases and injuries. His research focuses on applying nanoparticle technology to treat heart disease, cancer, and central nervous system and burn injuries by improving drug delivery and avoiding negative side effects.

His cross-disciplinary research has resulted in the filing of an international patent describing nanoparticles for imaging and drug delivery.

Dr Clemons, along with his research interests, is heavily involved in student outreach. With a Diploma of Secondary Education in his repertoire, Dr Clemons has always enjoyed teaching and is an advocate for sharing with students the great opportunities a career in science can provide. Dr Clemons currently teaches CHEM1003, a first-year Chemistry unit.

Dr Clemons has secured grants from a number of funding bodies including: American Australian Association Scholarship (2017), NHMRC Peter Doherty Australian Biomedical Fellowship (2014-2018), Raine Priming Grant (2015-2018), and Australian Nanotechnology Student Ambassador Award (2012-2014).

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2014 WA Young Tall Poppy Science Award from the Australian Institute of Policy and Science

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2013 - Exxon Mobil WA Student Scientist of the Year

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2014/2013/2012 – Western Australian Nanotechnology Student Ambassador – Australian Nanotechnology network

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Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS) Athlete Career and Education award for the most outstanding athlete combining sport and study

What if we could use targeted nanoparticles to deliver drugs directly to the site of need such as the cancer tumour? What if we could use those nanoparticles to deliver drugs which didn't affect the immune system, leaving it healthy to have a fighting chance against the cancer itself? We are doing this right now within our laboratory here with our nanoparticles and novel drugs. Dr Tristan Clemons

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