Preclinical imaging and therapeutics studies for future cancer therapeutics

Dr Dewan Taslima Akhter, completed her PhD from The University of Queensland (UQ). She worked as a Postdoctoral research fellow in the Thurecht Group, and is currently working as a preclinical research manager. She is working with industry partners and collaborators and her research interests centre around nanomedicine in cancer treatment.


Previously, ​Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship/UQcent

Key Publications

  1. ​Akhter, Dewan T., Simpson, Joshua D., Fletcher, Nicholas L., Houston, Zachary H., Fuchs, Adrian V., Bell, Craig A. and Thurecht, Kristofer J. (2020).Oral delivery of multicompartment nanomedicines for colorectal cancer therapeutics: combining loco-regional delivery with cell-target specificity. Advanced Therapeutics, 3 (2), 1900171. doi: 10.1002/adtp.201900171
  2. dos Santos, Aline Martins, Meneguin, Andréia Bagliotti, Akhter, Dewan Taslima, Fletcher, Nicholas, Houston, Zachary H., Bell, Craig, Thurecht, Kristofer J. and Gremião, Maria Palmira Daflon (2021).Understanding the role of colon-specific microparticles based on retrograded starch/pectin in the delivery of chitosan nanoparticles along the gastrointestinal tract. European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics, 158, 371-378. doi: 10.1016/j.ejpb.2020.12.004
  3. Noy, Janina-Miriam, Chen, Fan, Akhter, Dewan T., Houston, Zachary H., Fletcher, Nicholas L., Thurecht, Kristofer J. and Stenzel, Martina H. (2020).Direct comparison of poly(ethylene glycol) and phosphorylcholine drug-loaded nanoparticles in vitro and in vivo. Biomacromolecules, 21 (6) acs.biomac.0c00257, 2320-2333. doi: 10.1021/acs.biomac.0c00257
  4. Kane, Alexandra M., Liu, Cheng, Akhter, Dewan T., McKeone, Diane M., Bell, Craig A., Thurecht, Kristofer J., Leggett, Barbara A. and Whitehall, Vicki L. J. (2021).Curcumin chemoprevention reduces the incidence of Braf mutant colorectal cancer in a preclinical study. Digestive Diseases and Sciences, 66 (12), 4326-4332. doi: 10.1007/s10620-020-06752-y
  5. Mody, Karishma T., Zhang, Bing, Li, Xun, Fletcher, Nicholas L., Akhter, Dewan T., Jarrett, Sandy, Zhang, Jun, Yu, Chengzhong, Thurecht, Kristofer J., Mahony, Timothy J and Mitter, Neena (2021).Characterization of the biodistribution of a silica vesicle Nanovaccine carrying a Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus protective antigen with in vivo live animal imaging. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, 8 606652, 1-11. doi: 10.3389/fbioe.2020.606652
  6. Dewan Taslima Akhter, Riaz Uddin, Naz H Huda, Kumar B Sutradhar. Design and formulation of twice daily Nifedipine sustained release tablet using Methocel K15M CR and Methocel K100LV CR. International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2012; 4(1): 121-124
  7. Dewan Taslima Akhter, Riaz Uddin, Kumar B Sutradhar, Md. Sohel Rana. In vitro Relese Kinetic Study of Ambroxol hydrochloride Sustained Release Matrix Tablets Using Hydrophilic and Hydrophobic Polymers. Journal of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research, 2012; 4(3):1573-1579
  8. Dewan Taslima Akhter, Riaz Uddin, Dilshad Yasmin, Rajia Sultana Nijhu. Calcium and vitamin D related knowledge in 16-18 years old adolescents:Does living in urban or rural areas matter? Life Sciences: Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences ,2013;3(6):240
  9. Rajia Sultana Nijhu, Dewan Taslima Akhter, Yeakuty Marzan Jhanker. Development and validation of UV spectrophotometric method for quantitative estimation of nitroglycerin in pharmaceutical dosage form, International Current Pharmaceutical Journal, 2011; 1(1):1-5
  10. Kumar B Sutradhar, Dewan Taslima Akhter, Riaz Uddin. Formulation and evaluation of taste mask orodispersible tablet of Domperidone using sublimation method . International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2012; 4 (2):727-732