March 2019 Research Group
Back row: Spencer Petticrew, Gabriela Oksdath, Thaar Al'harbi, Colin Raston, Emily Crawley, Matt Jellicoe, Ahmed Al-Antaki
Front row: Nikita Joseph, Kasturi Vimalanathan, Scott Pye, Reinu Abraham
Absent: Jessica Phillips, David Harvey, Soraya Rahpeima, Aghill Igder, Xuan Luo
Kasturi Vimalanathan completed a BSc (Chemistry) at Curtin University of Technology and thereafter a MSc (Chemistry) at the University of Western Australia under the supervision of Professor Colin Raston. Upon achievement of a privately funded scholarship (2013), she is currently completing a PhD (Chemistry) under the guidance of Professor Colin Raston at Flinders University. Her PhD focuses on the fabrication and self-assembly of novel carbon materials and their applications.
Area of research: Materials Chemistry, Ph.D.
Sports : Tennis, Badminton and Yoga
Favourite TV Program: Game Of Thrones
Quote: "Plan your work and work your plan"
Dr. Kasturi Vimalanathan
Mr. Scott Pye
Mr. Scott Pye received a Bachelor of Science (Forensic and Analytical Chemistry) from Flinders University, South Australia in 2014. Following on from this, he successfully completed the Honours programme under the Supervision of Professor Colin Raston and Dr. Justin Chalker, achieving 1st class honours. Now undertaking his PhD, his field of research is organic/inorganic chemistry and catalysis under continuous flow.
Area of research: Synthetic chemistry under flow, Ph.D.
Sports : Rugby League, cricket and tennis
Favourite TV Program: Futurama
Quote: Be the change you want to see in the world
Food: Spaghetti bolognaise
Mr. Ahmed Hussein Mohammed Al-Antaki received a Bachelor from the College of Science (Department of Chemistry) from the University of Kufa, Iraq in 2004. He has worked Official in the chemistry department, College of Sciences, the University of Kufa from 2006 to 2008. He successfully completed the Master degree at inorganic chemistry under the Supervision of professor Raheem Al-Saedi in 2010 at the same department. He was an assistant lecturer at the same department from 2011 to 2015. He has a scholarship from the Ministry of High education and scientific research, Iraq government to study Ph.D. at Flinders University. His field of research is nanotechnology of materials under continuous flow under Supervisor of professor Colin Raston and professor Warren Lawrence.
Area of research: Materials Chemistry, Ph.D.
Sports : Football
Favourite TV Program: Arabs Got Talent
Quote: Don't do good in order to show off, and don't refrain from doing it because it's embarrassing
Mr. Ahmed Al-Antaki
Emily Crawley completed a BSc (1st class honours) at the Flinders University of South Australia. Her honours work was under the supervision of Dr. Rachel Popelka-Filcoff, utilising radio analytical techniques to gain further insight to the effects of environmental changes on algae (with the award of the AINSE Honours scholarship). She is currently completing a PhD (Chemistry) under the supervision of Prof. Colin Raston and A/Prof. Briony Forbes (Flinders University). Her PhD focuses on the application of shear stress-mediated refolding technology to the refolding of proteins.
Area of research: Biochemistry and organic synthesis, Ph.D.
Quote: ‘There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind’ - C.S. Lewis
Ms. Emily Crawley
Ms. Xuan Luo
Ms Xuan Luo is a biotechnologist who achieved Bachelor of Human Nutrition and Master of Biotechnology studies at the Flinders University of South Australia. During this time, she was awarded the Membership of Golden Key International Honour Society 2011, Flinders University Master of Biotechnology assistantship 2013, the BioSA Prize 2013, Chancellor’s Letter of Commendation 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013. In 2013 and 2014, she worked as laboratory research assistant in the department of medical biotechnology and the department of clinical pharmacology in Flinders University. She conducted her master research with Prof. Wei Zhang and Dr. Robyn Meech and is now continuing her PhD studies under Prof. Wei Zhang and Prof. Colin Raston. She was awarded Australia Postgraduate Award for her PhD studies and her PhD focuses on the development of advanced clean technologies for the extraction of functional food products from microalgae biomass.
Area of research: Development of advanced clean technologies for bio-manufacturing of new functional food products from microalgae biomass.MSci
Favourite TV Program: Big Bang Theory
Quote: "So many books, so little time"
Ms. Nikita Joseph recently received a M.Sc (Organic Chemistry) from St. Xavier's College, Gijarat University, India in 2015 and is currently undertaking a second masters in Nanotechnology at Flinders University. Her Masters program focuses on the effect of shear stress on exosomes, encapsulation of mRNA and small molecules drugs. Throughout her scientific carear she has been awarded a First Prize for the Quiz competition organized by ACTI & St. Xavier’s College Chemistry Department, Gujarat University on the subject of “Enzymes and it’s Industrial Applications” and participated in a poster presentation in the international Year of Chemistry (IYC) from St. Xavier’s College, “Application of Chemistry in Daily Life”.
Area of research: Medicine, organic synthesis, Bio-nanotechnology, Carbon Nanomaterials, M.sc Research.
Sports : Cricket, yoga, cardio/strength workouts.
Favourite TV Program: Breaking bad, suits.
Quote: Not all who wander are lost.
Food: Anything that tastes good.
Ms. Nikita Joseph
Mr. Daniel Mangos has a background in physical and analytical chemistry, holding a BTech (Forensic and Analytical Chemistry), and BSc Honours (1st Class) in Chemistry. Whilst in the final stages of submitting his PhD Thesis, Daniel’s preliminary postdoctoral research is focused on creating next generation materials for bone repair and cellular growth and adhesion, which is a young collaboration between the Flinders Centre for NanoScale Science and Technology, The Department of Orthopaedics and the International Musculoskeletal Research Institute.
Area of research: Colloid Science, Inorganic Chemistry, Instrumental Analysis, Materials Chemistry, PhD
Sports: Squash, Indoor Soccer
Favourite TV Program: Gardening Australia
Quote: “A game is not a game if you can’t take risks!”
Food: Yiros with Tzatziki
Dr. Daniel Mangos
Jessica Phillips recently completed a BSc (1st class honours) at Flinders University of South Australia. Her honours work was under the supervision of Professor Paul Kirkbride, looking at the synthesis of illicit drugs for forensic application. She is currently undertaking a PhD under the supervision of Professor Colin Raston and Dr. Justin Chalker focusing on organic chemistry and catalysis under continuous flow.
Area of Research: Synthetic chemistry under flow, Ph.D.
Sports: Weight training, netball, yoga
Favourite TV Program: Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones
Quote: “The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do”
Ms. Jessica Phillips
Mr. David Harvey
Mr. Matt Jellicoe
Mr. Amitava Ghosh
Mr. David Harvey graduated from The University of Adelaide in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science (Biomedical). Following this he received first class Hounours in Genetics from The University of Adelaide, working on RNA processing in Neurodegenerative disease under the supervision of Professor Robert Richards. He began Postgraduate Medicine at Flinders University in 2015 he has deferred his studies for two years to work full time on a PhD. examining the use of the VFD in producing biomaterials for surgical use.
Area of Research: VFD synthesis of biomaterials
Sports: Rock climbing and basketball
Favourite TV Program: Game of Thrones, The Rights to Ricky Sanchez
Quote: Trust the Process – Hinkie
Mr Matt Jellicoe recently completed an BSc (Forensic and Analytical Science) from flinders university in 2017. He is currently undertaking Honours under Colin L Raston and Dr. Justin Chalker looking to gain 1st class honours to proceed in his research of organic chemistry under continuous flow.
Area of Research: Synthetic chemistry under flow, Hons.
Sports: Soccer, NFL, AFL, NBA and Esports
Favourite TV Program: Game of Thrones (Read all the books too)
Quote: Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I don't like that attitude. I can assure them it is much more serious than that – Bill Shankly
Food: Spaghetti bolognaise, Stir Fry and Sushi
Amitava Ghosh, is a Masters in Pharmacy (M.Pharm) from Jadavpur University, India in 1999. He has 17 years of experience as an academician and administrator tertiary education. Since 2018, he has started doctoral research endeavor at Flinders University, South Australia under the Supervision of Professor Colin Raston and Dr. Micheal Michael. His field of research is formulating Nano-carriers for Drug delivery using Vortex Fluid Device and applying them in cancer chemotherapy.
Area of Research: Nano Drug Delivery System
Sports: Cricket, Soccer, Hockey, Table Tennis
Favourite TV Program: Q&A
Quote: So much to do, so little has been done.
Mr. Spencer Petticrew recently completed a Bachelor of Science from Flinders University in 2017. He is currently undertaking his Honours research under the supervision of Professor Colin Raston focusing on the fabrication of Tellurium materials under shear stress.
Area of Research: Materials Chemistry, Hons.
Sports: Ice & Inline Hockey
Favourite TV Program: The Mighty Boosh
Quote: It’s not worth doing something unless someone, somewhere, would much rather you weren’t doing it – Terry Pratchett
Mr. Spencer Petticrew
Clarence obtained his BEng Honours degree in Biomedical Engineering at Flinders University in 2015. His current research area and research interest for his PhD with Professor Youhong Tang and Professor Colin Raston are on the amalgamation of AIEgens with the vortex fluidic device microfluidic platform for biomedical applications.
Area of Research: AIEgens with VFD, PhD
Sports: Racket sports
Favourite TV Program: Planet Earth
Quote: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
Food: Pasta, meat and rice
Mr. Clarence Chuah