Nicky Thomas is an NHMRC Peter Doherty Research Fellow at the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, University of South Australia. Nicky is a trained pharmacist with several years of experience in both hospital and community pharmacies. In 2012 he has been awarded his PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences with distinction from the University of Otago, New Zealand. Nicky’s PhD research was concerned with the development and in vitro and in vivo characterisation of nanoemulsions for oral drug delivery.
He has joined UniSA in 2012 to work on novel treatments against bacterial biofilms in Prof. Clive Prestidge’s group. Building on his expertise in nanomedicine-based drug delivery systems Nicky has been awarded an NHMRC Early Career Researcher Fellowship in 2014 for the investigation on the interaction of antimicrobial therapies with bacterial biofilms.
In 2017 Nicky established the Adelaide Biofilm Test Facility at UniSA’s Sansom Institute for Health Research, SA’s first facility dedicated to develop and test antimicrobials and pharmaceutical products in a range of in vitro and in vivo biofilm models. He is actively engaged in the research and broader community, as a lecturer and he is currently the (co)-supervisor of 6 PhD students. Nicky’s national and international collaborations include The University of Adelaide, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Woodville), Flinders University, Monash University, University of Wollongong, Ghent University (Belgium), Johnson and Johnson Pharma (Belgium), SickKids Hospital (Toronto, Canada), and the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada).