Sydney Pharmacy School academic takes nanomedicine research global

University of Sydney Pharmacy School researcher, Dr Wojciech Chrzanowski, has gained international attention for his ground-breaking work on biomaterial technologies, an area that seeks to enhance the integration between human cells and surgical implants.

Dr Chrzanowski’s research into a microscopic biochemical “braille” concept netted him first prize in the poster presentation category at the inaugural International Translational Nanomedicine Conference at Northeastern University in Boston in July this year.

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Meanwhile, Dr Chrzanowski was also recently named a recipient of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Invitational Fellowships for Foreign Researchers 2013—an extremely competitive and prestigious appointment promoting international scientific cooperation.

The University of Sydney Pharmacy School researcher will travel to Japan in November to collaborate with world-leading biomaterial scientists Professor Tadashi Kokubo (Chubu University) and Professor BJ Kim (Tokyo University).

The project will focus on understanding and improving the way cells interact with the biomaterials of implant surfaces, and enable the development of novel biomaterials, nanotherapeutics and technologies for studying these interactions.

The research will seek to develop a unique braille-inspired system to make implants surfaces more ‘readable’ for cells and therefore improve their integration and function in the body.

“I am honoured and very excited to receive this level of recognition, with both the award from the Translational Nanomedicine conference and the JSPS Fellowship,” Dr Chrzanowski said.

“I’m looking forward to continuing my research in collaboration with one of the most recognized biomaterials scientists and engage in new research at Tokyo University.”

Bachelor of Pharmacy Program


The Bachelor of Pharmacy requires four years of full-time study. There are two semesters and one entry period per year. Major topics studied include chemical, physical, pharmaceutical and pharmacological properties of medicines and the application of these in the practice of pharmacy. The first year is a foundation year in which you study biology and chemistry, and are introduced to pharmacy through foundation and social pharmacy studies.

The remaining three years are devoted to higher levels of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences together with specialised clinical pharmacy studies.  Practical experience in a variety of clinical settings including hospital and community pharmacy is emphasized, particularly in the third and fourth years.

Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians
  • Applicants are required to have completed their high school diploma in order to be eligible for entry to Sydney’s Bachelor of Pharmacy program.
  • Assumed knowledge: Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology or Physics. To study in the Bachelor of Pharmacy, you are expected to have knowledge of these subject areas. Grade 12 Physics is also recommended but not required.
  • If you have commenced or completed a university degree or any post-secondary studies, your most recent studies will be assessed in terms of your grades. If you have not completed the necessary prerequisite subjects in your post-secondary studies, your high school transcripts will then be assessed for prerequisite subjects. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee entry to the university’s undergraduate programs.


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