We are a lab group based at the University of Western Australia.

We use cutting edge nanotechnology to address highly relevant issues in the biological sciences. Through extensive local and international collaboration, we have developed a multi-disciplinary team that focusses on applications of nanotechnology to cancer epigenetics and various medical applications, including burn healing, neurotrauma, and cystic fibrosis.

Current projects

What's happening in the lab.


A summary of our latest work.

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Featured publications

  1. “Nanoparticle-Mediated Dual Delivery of an Antioxidant and a Peptide against the L-Type Ca2+ Channel,” ACS Nano (2015). View
  2. “Hierarchical Patterning Of Multifunctional Conducting Polymer Nanoparticles As A Bionic Platform For Topographic Contact Guidance,” ACS Nano (2015). View
  3. “RNA Interference using c-Myc-Conjugated Nanoparticles Suppresses Breast and Colorectal Cancer Models,” Mol. Cancer Ther. (2015). View
  4. “Manipulating directional cell motility using intracellular superparamagnetic nanoparticles,” Nanoscale (2015). View
  5. “Colloidal graphenes as heterogeneous additives to enhance protein crystal yield,” Nanoscale (2014). View
  6. “Designer self-assembling hydrogel scaffolds can impact skin cell proliferation and migration,” Sci. Rep. (2014). View
  7. “Examining Efficacy of "TAT-less" Delivery of a Peptide against the L-Type Calcium Channel in Cardiac Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury,” ACS Nano (2013). View
  8. “In vivo imaging and biodistribution of multimodal polymeric nanoparticles delivered to the optic nerve,” Small (2012). View
  9. “Regiospecific linear assembly of Pd nanocubes using patterned polymer brushes for hydrogen gas sensing,” Chem. Commun. (2012). View
  10. “Room temperature synthesis of upconversion fluorescent nanocrystals,” Chem. Commun. (2011). View
  11. “The Effects of Concentration-Dependent Morphology of Self-assembling RADA16 Nanoscaffolds on Mixed Retinal Cultures,” Nanoscale (2011). View
  12. “Multimodal Analysis of PEI-Mediated Endocytosis of Nanoparticles in Neural Cells,” ACS Nano (2011). View
  13. “Green Light-Emitting LaPO4:Ce3+:Tb3+ Koosh Nanoballs Assembled by p-sulfonato-Calix[6]arene Coated Superparamagnetic Fe3O4,” Chem. Commun. (2010). View
  14. “Nanosized luminescent superparamagnetic hybrids,” Green Chem. (2010). View
  15. “AFM detects differences in the surface brush of normal and cancerous cells,” Nat. Nanotechnol. (2009). View
  16. “Nanorings of self-assembled fullerene C70 as templating nanoreactors,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. (2009). View
  17. “Regiospecific assembly of gold nanoparticles around the pores of diatoms: towards three dimensional nanoarrays,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. (2009). View
  18. “Towards nonspecific detection of malignant cervical cells with fluorescent silica beads,” Small (2009). View
  19. “Loading molecular hydrogen cargo within viruslike nanocontainers,” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (2008). View
  20. “Size selective synthesis of superparamagnetic nanoparticles in thin fluids under continuous flow conditions,” Adv. Func. Mater. (2008). View

Our team

Meet the people who do our research.

PhD graduates

  • Priyanka Toshniwal (2018)
  • Priya Naidu (2018)
  • Arnold Ou (2017)
  • Joan Leong (2017)
  • Callum Ormonde (2017)
  • Diwei Ho (2017)
  • Alaa Munshi (2017)
  • Nurul Izza Taib (2017)
  • Ruhani Singh (2015)
  • Vipul Agarwal (2015)
  • Ivan Lozic (2015)
  • Benjamin Gully (2015)
  • Michael Challenor (2015)
  • Xianjue (Sam) Chen (2014)
  • Faizah Yasin (2014)
  • Jeremiah Toster (2014)
  • Rahi Varsani (2014)
  • Tristan Clemons (2014)
  • Ben Edwards (2014)
  • Dominic Ho (2014)
  • Michael Bradshaw (2014)
  • Jie Fang (2013)
  • Jianli Zou (2012)
  • Cameron Evans (2012)
  • Suk-Fun Chin (2009)

Masters graduates

  • Roland Kerr (2017)

Honours students

  • George Edwards (2017)
  • Jessica Kretzmann (2014)
  • Georgina Martin (2014)
  • Keira Taylor (2013)
  • Naviin Hardy (2013)
  • David Sherwood (2012)

Visitors and undergrads

  • Lawrence Luo
  • Charmaine Hee
  • Nicholas Lawler
  • Victor Pedro Ziviani (UFMG, Brazil, 2016)
  • Feng RuiLu (USTC, China, 2016)
  • Zibeon Schildkraut
  • An Xingda (USTC, China, 2015)
  • Kaviya Somasundaram (Indian Institute of Technology Madras, 2015)
  • Yin Hexing (Nanjing, China, 2015)
  • Phil Tombs (University of Bath, 2015)
  • Binbin Li (Wuhan University of Technology, 2015)
  • Yinyu Wu (Nanjing University, 2014)
  • Vincent Li (Nanjing University, 2013)
  • Weike (Erin) Ye (Nanjing University, 2013)
  • Stephen Aro (Carnegie Mellon, 2012)

Join us

Committed researchers are welcome to join or visit our lab.

Postdoctoral positions

There are no postdoctoral positions specifically on offer at the moment, but postdocs who are considering applying for fellowships should contact Prof Iyer directly with a copy of their CV.


Masters and PhD courses are offered through the Graduate Research School and a number of scholarships are made available to domestic and international students.


Projects and application instructions for Honours courses can be found on our School's website. We also offer vacation work experience placements for undergraduate students.

Contact us

Want to get in touch?

School of Chemistry and Biochemistry
The University of Western Australia
35 Stirling Highway, Crawley WA 6009

Prof Iyer's office +61 8 6488 4470
Lab +61 8 6488 4438