Thomas Davis


1984 …2020

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Professor Tom Davis is a leading polymer scientist/nanotechnologist with a proven performance in producing highly influential research. This is exemplified by his presence in the latest ISI most highly cited listing, covering his performance over the last decade placing him as the most cited polymer scientist and/or nanotechnologist in Australia. He has published more than 360 refereed papers, with more than 36 publications cited 100+ times, and 115 publications cited 50+ times (ISI). He has held two senior ARC Fellowships: an Australian Professorial Fellowship and an Australian Federation Fellowship. His scientific contributions have embraced polymerization kinetics, nanostructured films, nanoparticles, protein conjugates, nanoparticle enhanced bio-imaging, gene delivery and targeted therapeutics. In recent years Davis has been awarded ARC Discovery grants to work on novel MRI contrast agents (iron oxide nanoparticles and gadolinium bound by macromolecular ligands) and he holds an ANSTO grant with PI Greguric to synthesise macromolecular ligands for novel PET agents. Davis also has significant experience in developing novel chemistry for bioconjugation reactions to proteins, peptides and DNA. Davis has worked closely with the Children's Cancer Institute on drug and gene delivery (CI Kavallaris) using novel biodegradable nanoparticle systems.


His move to Monash in 2013 has occurred because of a desire to drive a step-change in the field of nanomedicine development, and the realization that this is best achieved in a research environment where the best polymer scientists can interact, on a day-today basis with highly committed and highly experienced drug discovery biologists and drug development scientists. Tom is Professor of Polymer Nanotechnology. This is the inaugural Professorial Appointment under the banner of the Monash-Warwick University Alliance. The position is based at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS) (80%) and the Department of Chemistry at the University of Warwick, UK (20%). The Monash-Warwick Alliance has the capacity to break new ground for Australian scientific as an internationalized model of collaborative research. The environment at MIPS, in conjunction with arguably the leading polymer science group in the UK at Warwick, is a unique opportunity to develop an internationally leading presence at the interface of polymer science and delivery technology.

Research area keywords

  • Polymers
  • nanoparticles
  • nanobiotechnology
  • free radical polymerization
  • drug delivery

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ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology

Davis, T., Boyd, B., Bunnett, N., Caruso, F., Corrie, S. R., Crampin, E., Gooding, J., Johnston, A., Kavallaris, M., Kearnes, M., Kent, S. J., McGhee, J., Nann, T., Parton, R., Porter, C., Thordarson, P., Thurecht, K., Voelcker, N. H., Whittaker, A., Alexander, C., Dawson, K., Greguric, I., Haddleton, D., Hawker, C., Lee, D. S., Lewis, J., McLean, K., Stevens, M., Jones-Jayasinghe, N., Thierry, B., Prestidge, C. A. & Meyer, A.

Australian Research Council (ARC), Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, University of Nottingham United Kingdom, University College Dublin, University of California , University of Warwick, SungKyunKwan University, Monash University, University of Melbourne, University of New South Wales, University of Queensland , University of South Australia, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation , CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering (CMSE), Imperial College London


Project: Research

Nano-Bioscience Imaging Facility

Caruso, F., Davis, T., Kent, S. J., Porter, C., Johnston, A., Qiao, G., Sexton, P., Crampin, E. J., Boyd, B., Cavalieri, F. & Hodgkin, P. D.

Project: Other

A national Magnetic Particle Imaging Facility

Egan, G., Davis, T., Hagemeyer, C., O'Brien, T., Martino, M., Bansal, V. & Crosbie, J.


Project: Research

Research Output

Delivery of polymeric nanostars for molecular imaging and endoradiotherapy through the enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect

Goos, J. A. C. M., Cho, A., Carter, L. M., Dilling, T. R., Davydova, M., Mandleywala, K., Puttick, S., Gupta, A., Price, W. S., Quinn, J. F., Whittaker, M. R., Lewis, J. S. & Davis, T. P., 1 Jan 2020, In : Theranostics. 10, 2, p. 567-584 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Design and preclinical evaluation of nanostars for the passive pretargeting of tumor tissue

Goos, J. A. C. M., Davydova, M., Dilling, T. R., Cho, A., Cornejo, M. A., Gupta, A., Price, W. S., Puttick, S., Whittaker, M. R., Quinn, J. F., Davis, T. P. & Lewis, J. S., 1 May 2020, In : Nuclear Medicine and Biology. 84-85, p. 63-72 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Elevated amyloidoses of human IAPP and amyloid beta by lipopolysaccharide and their mitigation by carbon quantum dots

Koppel, K., Tang, H., Javed, I., Parsa, M. R., Mortimer, M., Davis, T. P., Lin, S., Chaffee, A., Ding, F. & Ke, P. C., 21 Jun 2020, In : Nanoscale. 12, 23, p. 12317-12328 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Elucidating the effect of sequence and degree of polymerization on antimicrobial properties for block copolymers

Barbon, S. M., Truong, N. P., Elliott, A. G., Cooper, M. A., Davis, T. P., Whittaker, M. R., Hawker, C. J. & Anastasaki, A., 7 Jan 2020, In : Polymer Chemistry. 11, 1, p. 84-90 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)

Human Plasma Protein Corona of Aβ Amyloid and Its Impact on Islet Amyloid Polypeptide Cross-Seeding

Nandakumar, A., Xing, Y., Aranha, R. R., Faridi, A., Kakinen, A., Javed, I., Koppel, K., Pilkington, E. H., Purcell, A. W., Davis, T. P., Faridi, P., Ding, F. & Ke, P. C., 10 Feb 2020, In : Biomacromolecules. 21, 2, p. 988-998 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)