Associate Professor Kris Thurecht
Associate Professor Kris Thurecht

BSc (Hons) UQ, PhD UQ
ARC Future Fellow and Associate Group Leader


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Research: Design and synthesis of architectural polymers applied to molecular imaging and drug delivery in nanomedicine

Associate Professor Kris Thurecht is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow with appointments at AIBN and UQ’s Centre for Advanced Imaging. Associate Professor Thurecht has been recognised for scientific excellence with a 2012 Queensland Young Tall Poppy Science Award and a 2010 UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award for his work in developing polymer ‘theranostics’. Since obtaining his PhD in 2005, he has been the recipient of four competitive national and international fellowships including an Australian Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in 2008; and simultaneous awarding of a British Ramsay Centenary Fellowship and an 1851 Research Fellow in the UK in 2007. He has contributed scientific and review articles to various leading journals in his field, including invited articles in the Emerging Young Investigator issue of Chemical Communications and a Young Talent article in Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics. Associate Professor Thurecht has been chief investigator on grants from various funding bodies, including ARC Discovery grants; ARC Linkage Grants, with international pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly; a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grant; and funding from the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. He is co-inventor on two patents.

Invited Presentations

  • 245th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, April 7-11, 2013, New Orleans, US.
  • 12th International Conference on Frontiers of Polymers and Advanced Materials, December 8-12, 2013, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • 33rd Australasian Polymer Symposium, February, 2012, Hobart, Australia.
  • Korea-Australian Symposium on Advanced Polymer Materials, November 2011, Gumi, Korea.
  • International Nanomedicine Conference, July 3-5, 2011, Sydney, Australia.
  • International Nanomedicine Conference, June 30 - July 2, 2010, Sydney, Australia.

Key publications

Rolfe, Barbara E., Blakey, Idriss, Squires, Oliver, Peng, Hui, Boase, Nathan R. B., Alexander, Cameron, Parsons, Peter G., Boyle, Glen M., Whittaker, Andrew K. and Thurecht, Kristofer J. (2014) Multimodal polymer nanoparticles with combined 19F magnetic resonance and optical detection for tunable, targeted, multimodal imaging in vivo. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 136 6: 2413-2419.

Boase, Nathan R. B., Blakey, Idriss, Rolfe, Barbara E., Mardon, Karine and Thurecht, Kristofer J. (2014) Synthesis of a multimodal molecular imaging probe based on a hyperbranched polymer architecture. Polymer Chemistry, 5 15: 4450-4458.

Puttick A, Davis AL, Butler K, Irvine DJ, Licence P, Thurecht KJ. (2013) The influence of domain segregation in ionic liquids upon controlled polymerisation mechanisms: RAFT polymerisation. Polym Chem 4, 1337-1344.
Boase NRB, Blakey I, Thurecht KJ. (2012) Molecular Imaging with Polymers. Polymer Chemistry 3(6), 1384-1389.

Ardana, Aditya, Whittaker, Andrew K. and Thurecht, Kristofer J. (2014) PEG-based hyperbranched polymer theranostics: optimizing chemistries for improved bioconjugation. Macromolecules, 47 15: 5211-5219.

Thurecht KJ, Blakey I, Peng H, Squires O, Hsu S, Alexander C, Whittaker AK. (2010) Functional Hyperbranched Polymers: Toward Targeted in Vivo 19F Magnetic Resonance. Journal of the American Chemical Society 132(15), 5336-5337.

Recent publications

Full list of publications available at UQ eSpace.

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