Dr Nicky Thomas
Research Associate (NHMRC research fellow)
University of South Australia


Nicky Thomas is an NHMRC Research Fellow at the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, University of South Australia and is working in Professor Clive Prestidge‘s group. Nicky is a trained pharmacist with several years of experience in both hospital and community pharmacies. In 2012 he has been awarded his PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Otago, New Zealand. Nicky’s PhD research was concerned with the development and in vitro and in vivo characterisation of nanoemulsions for drug delivery.

Nicky has joined UniSA in 2012 to work on novel treatments against bacterial biofilms. Building on his expertise in nanomedicine-based drug delivery systems Nicky has been awarded an NHMRC Early Career Researcher Fellowship in 2014 for the investigation on the interaction of antimicrobial therapies with bacterial biofilms. In 2017 he established the Adelaide Biofilm Test Facility at UniSA’s Sansom Institute for Health Research, SA’s first facility dedicated to test antimicrobials and pharmaceutical products in a range of in vitro and in vivo biofilm models.

His main area of research is anti-infective treatment options against biofilms; oral drug delivery and lipid-based drug delivery.



Featured Publications

Taking the Silver Bullet Colloidal Silver Particles for the Topical Treatment of Biofilm-Related Infections2017Katharina Richter, Paula Facal, Nicky Thomas, Ilse Vandecandelaere, Mahnaz Ramezanpour, Clare Cooksley, Clive A. Prestidge, Tom Coenye, Peter-John Wormald, Sarah Vreugde