PhD candidate Ernest Cheah enjoys the independence of self-conducted research while still having support and supervision from the School of Pharmacy.
“I am very excited about the research I am currently undertaking. My thesis is ‘The development of sustained and tuneable drug delivery systems for neurotrophic growth factors in spinal cord injury.’
“I am developing a novel drug delivery device to deliver medications directly into the site of a spinal cord injury with the goal of regenerating neurons.
“The aim is to use conducting polymers, which respond to electrical signals to release medication. By regenerating the neurons in spinal cord injury, the goal is to aid functional recovery of patients with spinal cord injury, giving them a better quality of life.
Continuing further research with a PhD was the natural choice for me. I wanted to conduct longer and more impactful research.
“I like the independence of conducting your own research, whilst having the necessary support and supervision when you need it. This is quite unique and few opportunities like this exist. The facilities in the university are also very good. I have easy access to leading edge equipment and technologies to conduct my research.
“Previously, I completed my Bachelor of Pharmacy here at the University of Auckland. Continuing further research with a PhD was the natural choice for me. I wanted to conduct longer and more impactful research.
“I hope that this qualification leads to further research and development opportunities within academia and the wider industry.”