Colin W Pouton

Professor of Pharmaceutical Biology, Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University (Parkville Campus), Melbourne, Vic

After a series of academic appointment at the University of Bath (UK), Pouton moved to Monash University in 2001 to take up the Chair and Head of Department of Pharmaceutical Biology. Over the past five years he has been Head of Drug Delivery, Disposition and Dynamics (D4) at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, ranked #2 in the world for research in pharmacy and pharmacology. His department is home to over 200 research scientists.

Pouton has published more than 160 full manuscripts including 53 over the past five years. His work has been cited over 10,000 times, with over 700 citations per annum for the past five years (Scopus data). In 2015, 2016 and 2018 he was identified by Thompson Reuters as a Highly Cited Researcher in the discipline of Pharmacology & Toxicology.

Pouton currently supervises a team of 16 PhD students and 4 grant-funded research assistants. He has supervised 67 PhD completions and supervised over 20 postdoctoral research assistants. He contributes to the research fields of nucleic acid delivery, stem cell technology, oral drug delivery and vaccine design. In relation to COVID-19 research, he has been using his experience in nucleic acid delivery to design and deliver candidate mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. He is working towards taking the first Australian mRNA vaccine into a Phase 1 clinical trial later in 2021.

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