September 2020 Research Group
Left to right: Fayed Alrashaidi, Zoe Gardner, Spencer Petticrew, Kasturi Vimalanathan, Colin Raston, Aghill Igder, Xuan Luo, Badriah Alotaibi, Amjad Alotaibi, Clarence Chuah, Matt Jellicoe.
Absent:  David Harvey, Emily Crawley, Shan He, Nikita Joseph, Abeer Alamry

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 


Mrs. Safira Moura Barros received a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brazil in 2016. During this period, she was an exchange research student for one year at University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK in 2014. Following on from this, she worked in the private sector on Process Safety and then Business Innovation. Now undertaking her PhD under the supervision of Professor Colin Raston and Youhong Tang, her field of research is organic/inorganic chemical reaction and catalysis under continuous flow for the biofuel industry.

Area of research: Sustainable biofuel production, Ph.D.

Sports : Volleyball, hiking, any outdoors activity.

Favourite TV Program: Friends.

Quote: “Not all those who wonder are lost”.

Food: Any Vegetarian food.



Mrs. Safira Moura Barros

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

Dr. 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

Sports: Badminton 

Favourite TV Program: Big Bang Theory

Quote: "So many books, so little time"

Food: Sushi





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, 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.



Dr. Nikita Joseph

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

Food: Tacos


Mr. David Harvey


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 


Mr. Matt Jellicoe

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. 

Food: Frittata


Mr. Amitava Ghosh

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

Previous group photos

Recent Alumni


Jessica Phillips

Departed in 2020

Scott Pye

Departed in 2020

Daniel Mangos

Departed in 2020


Timothy Solheim

Departed in 2019

Muneer Ahamed

Departed in 2018

Joshua Britton

Departed in 2016

Marissa Melvin

Departed in 2015

Chee Ling Tong

Departed in 2015

Sam Chen 

Departed in 2015

Haniff Wohed

Departed in 2015