Associate Professor Kristofer Thurecht

Principal Research Fellow

Centre for Advanced Imaging

Affiliate PRF & Assoc Group Leader

Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
k.thurecht@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 60344

Overview

Dr Kris Thurecht is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow with appointments at AIBN and UQ’s Centre for Advanced Imaging. Dr 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. Dr 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.

Research Impacts

Research

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

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science, The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Grants

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Fletcher, Nicholas and Thurecht, Kristofer (2016). Molecular imaging utilizing Aptamer-targeted probes. In Rakesh N. Veedu (Ed.), Aptamers Tools for Nanotherapy and Molecular Imaging (pp. 287-318) Boca Raton, United States: CRC Press.

  • Barner-Kowollik, Christopher, Blinco, James P., Destarac, Mathias, Thurecht, Kristofer J. and Perrier, Sébastien (2012). Reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization: mechanism, process and applications. In Chryssostomos Chatgilialoglu and Armido Studer (Ed.), Encyclopedia of radicals in chemistry, biology and materials (pp. 1895-1929) Chichester, West Sussex, U.K.: John Wiley & Sons. doi:10.1002/9781119953678.rad058

  • Peng, Hui, Thurecht, Kristofer, Hsu, Steven, Blakey, Idriss, Squires, Oliver, Kurniawan, Nyoman, Rose, Stephen and Whittaker, Andrew (2011). Effect of molecular architecture on the performance of (19)F NMR imaging agents. In H. N. Cheng, Tetsuo Asakur and Alan D. English (Ed.), NMR Spectroscopy of Polymers: Innovative Strategies for Complex Macromolecules (pp. 459-472) Washington, DC, United States: American Chemical Society. doi:10.1021/bk-2011-1077.ch028

  • Thurecht, Kristofer James and Villarroya, Silvia (2010). Biocatalytic Polymerization in Exotic Solvents. In Katja Loos (Ed.), Biocatalysis in Polymer Chemistry (pp. 323-348) Weinheim, Germany: Wiley - V C H Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA. doi:10.1002/9783527632534

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Anitha, A., Fletcher, Nicholas, Houston, Zachary, Thurecht, Kristofer and Grondahl, Lisbeth (2016). Evaluation of the in vivo fate of ultrapure alginate in mice model. In: 10th World Biomaterials Congress, Montréal, Canada, (). 17 May - 22 May 2016. doi:10.3389/conf.FBIOE.2016.01.02237

  • Sabanathan, Dhanusha, Gurney, Howard, Gillatt, David, Trifunovic, Marko, Magnussen, John, Poursoultan, Pirooz, Shon, Kevin H. O., Walsh, Bradley J., Mazure, Hubert, Velonas, Vicki, Thurecht, Kris, Quach Truong, Wissmueller, Sandra and Campbell, Douglas (2016). MILGa-01-a first in human study assessing the safety and tolerability of chMIL-38 in prostate cancer. In: 17th Asia-Pacific Prostate Cancer Conference, Melbourne Australia, (14-15). August 31 - September 3 2016.

  • Tse, Brian W-C, Pearce, Amanda, Fuchs, Adrian V., Simpson, Joshua D., Yeh, Mei-Chun, Huang, Steve S., Heston, Warren D. W., Williams, Elizabeth D., Whittaker, Andrew K., Thurecht, Kristofer J. and Russell, Pamela J. (2016). Targeted multimodal hyperbranched polymers for imaging and therapy of prostate cancer. In: 17th Asia-Pacific Prostate Cancer Conference, Melbourne Australia, (26-26). August 31-September 3 2016.

  • Tse, Brian W-C, Fuchs, Adrian V., Huang, Steve S., Heston, Warren D. W., Yeh, Mei-Chun, Whittaker, Andrew K., Thurecht, Kristofer J. and Russell, Pamela J. (2015). Multimodal hyperbranched polymers targeting prostate specific membrane antigen (PSMA) for imaging of prostate cancer. In: 2nd Prostate Cancer World Congress (PCWC), Cairns, Australia, (34-34). 17-21 August 2015.

  • Puttick, Simon, Stringer, Brett W., Day, Bryan W., Mardon, Karine, Cowin, Gary J., Fay, Michael, Thurecht, Kristofer J., Whittaker, Andrew K., Boyd, Andrew W. and Rose, Stephen (2014). EphA2 as a diagnostic imaging target in glioblastoma: A PET/MRI study. In: Proceedings: AACR Annual Meeting 2014. 105th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), San Diego, CA United States, (). 05-09 April 2014. doi:10.1158/1538-7445.AM2014-LB-12

  • Bennett, Thomas, Pei, Kevin, Cheng, Han-Hao, Thurecht, Kristofe J., Jack, Kevin S. and Blakey, Idriss (2014). Extending the scope of poly(styrene)-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) for directed self assembly. In: Douglas J. Resnick and Christopher Bencher, Proceedings of SPIE: Alternative Lithographic Technologies VI. Alternative Lithographic Technologies VI, San Jose, United States, (). 24-27 February 2014. doi:10.1117/12.2046296

  • Fuchs, Adrian V., Pearce, Amanda K., Tse, Brian W. C., Whittaker, Andrew K., Russell, Pamela J. and Thurecht, Kristofer J. (2014). Multimodal hyperbranched polymers for simultaneous imaging and drug delivery for targeted prostate cancer theranostics. In: ACS 2014: 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, Dallas, TX, USA, (). 16-20 March, 2014.

  • Dey, Priyanka, Olds, William, Blakey, Idriss, Thurecht, Kristofer J., Izake, Emad L. and Fredericks, Peter M. (2014). SERS-barcoded colloidal gold NP assemblies as imaging agents for use in biodiagnostics. In: Anita Mahadevan-Jansen and Wolfgang Petrich, Biomedical Vibrational Spectroscopy VI: Advances in Research and Industry. Biomedical Vibrational Spectroscopy VI: Advances in Research and Industry, San Francisco, CA United States, (). 1-2 February 2014. doi:10.1117/12.2037159

  • Whittaker, Andrew K., Thurecht, Kristofer J., Blakey, Idriss and Peng, Hui (2013). Biologically-responsive polymeric F-19 MRI agents. In: Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society. 245th National Spring Meeting of the American-Chemical-Society (ACS), New Orleans LA, (). 07-11 April 2013.

  • Thurecht, Kristofer J., Whittaker, Andrew K., Russell, Pamela J. and Pearce, Amanda (2013). Hyperbranched polymers in theranostics: Development of advanced delivery probes for cancer therapy. In: Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society. 245th National Spring Meeting of the American-Chemical-Society (ACS), New Orleans LA, (). 07-11 April 2013.

  • Thurecht, Krisofer J., Puttick, Simon, Irvine, Derek J. and Licence, Peter (2009). POLY 252-RAFT-functional ionic liquids: Controlled free radical polymerization in ionic liquids. In: American Chemical Society National Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, U.S.A., (). 22 -26 March 2009.

  • Whittaker, AK, Blakey, I, Thurecht, KJ, Squires, O and Varcoe, K (2008). POLY 624-High pressure NMR of polymeric materials. In: ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY. 235th American-Chemical-Society National Meeting, New Orleans LA, (). APR 06-10, 2008.

  • Rintoul, L., Thurecht, K., Chen, L., Goh, K., Hill, D. J. T. and Whittaker, A. K. (2003). Application of Raman Spectroscopic Mapping for the Characterisation of High Performance Polymers. In: Proceedings of the 5th Australian Conference on Vibrational Spectroscopy (ACOVS). 5th Australian Conference on Vibrational Spectroscopy, Melbourne, (594-595). 29 Sep - 2 Oct 2003.

  • Hill, D. J. T., Thurecht, K. J. and Whittaker, A. K. (2002). Aspects of the radiation chemistry of poly(chlorotrifluoroethylene). In: 25th Australasian Polymer Symposium, Armidale, ((Abstract)). 10-13 February, 2002.

  • Hill, D. J. T., Thurecht, K. J. and Whittaker, A. K. (2002). Radiation chemistry of poly(chlorotrifluoroethylene) for biomedical purposes. In: Qld Polymer Group Satellite Symposium, Brisbane, ((Abstract)). 6-8 February, 2002.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision