Dr Harendra Parekh

Senior Lecturer

School of Pharmacy
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
h.parekh@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 61887

Overview

Harendra's research interests remain in the area of synthetic organic chemistry and non-viral gene therapy using conventional antisense therapy to deliver DNA and oligonucleotides. He has also been investigating the role of dendrimers in the more potent 'RNAi' approach to gene therapy, to treat a wide range of genetic diseases from cervical cancer to obesity.

BSc, PhD (Nottingham)

Harendra completed his BSc in pharmacy (UK) and registered as a Pharmacist in 1998. He went onto undertake his PhD in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Nottingham in the same year. Under the supervision of Dr B. Kellam and Dr. S. R. Chhabra he investigated the development of novel linkers for solid phase peptide and glycopeptide synthesis. Harendra was awarded his PhD in 2002, and after a short time working in community pharmacy in the UK relocated to Australia and took up a position as research officer in Prof. Toth's medicinal chemistry group. He continues to be a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of GB and registered with the Queensland Pharmacy Board in 2005.

During his post-doctoral tenure he explored the area of non-viral gene delivery via chemical synthesis of novel dendrimeric systems. Emphasis was on the treatment of age-related macular degeneration and in 2004 he received Uniquest's Trailblazer Prize for commercialisation potential. In May 2005 Dr Parekh was appointed as Lecturer within the School of Pharmacy.

Qualifications

  • PhD. Medicinal Chemistry, University of Nottingham
  • BSc (Hons) Pharmacy, University of Portsmouth

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Tupally, Karnaker R., Kokil, Ganesh K., Thakur, Sachin S., Singh, Prachi and Parekh, Harendra S. (2016). Dendrimers. In Controlled Release Systems: Advances in Nanobottles and Active Nanoparticles (pp. 259-286) Florida , United States: Taylor & Francis.

  • Thakur, Sachin S., Parekh, Harendra S., Schwable, Carl H., Gan, Yong and Ouyang, Defang (2015). Solubilization of poorly-soluble drugs: cyclodextrin-based formulations. In Defang Ouyang and Sean C. Smith (Ed.), Computational pharmaceutics: application of molecular modeling in drug delivery (pp. 31-51) Chichester, United Kingdom: John Wiley & Sons.

  • Seefeld, Anne, Kokil, Ganesh R., Tupally, Karnaker R., Parekh, Harendra S. and Herten, Dirk-Peter (2013). Fluorescent nucleic acid probes in living cells. In Volker A. Erdmann and Jan Barciszewski (Ed.), DNA and RNA nanobiotechnologies in medicine: diagnosis and treatment of diseases (pp. 291-328) Berlin, Germany: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-36853-0_12

  • Parekh, Harendra S. and Jing, Jing (2011). An evidence-based perspective of herbal remedies for cancer patients. In Evidence-based Anticancer Materia Medica (pp. 399-422) B.V.: Springer.

  • Parekh, Harendra S. and Jing, Jing (2011). An evidence-based perspective of herbal remedies for cancer patients.. In William C.S. Cho (Ed.), Evidence-based anticancer herbal medicine (pp. 399-422) New York, U.S.A.: Springer Verlag.

  • Parekh, H. S (2011). An introduction to dendrimers-versatile drug/gene delivery vectors. In P.D. Gupta and N. Udupa (Ed.), Nanotechnology in health care (pp. 355-367) Nataniyon Ka Rasta, Jaipur: S.P. Publications.

  • Shah, Neha, Ouyang, Defang, Mutalik, Srinivas and Parekh, Harendra (2011). Dendrimers as carriers for the effective delivery of drugs and genes. In P.D. Gupta and N. Udupa (Ed.), Nanotechnology in health care (pp. 367-391) Jaipur, India: S.P. Publications.

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.