Lecturer in Pharmacological Sciences
BSc BSc(Hons) MRes PhD
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Dr Dietis teaches and coordinates Pharmacology in undergraduate (Bachelors of Pharmacy, Bachelors of Medical Research) and postgraduate cohorts (Masters of Pharmaceutica Science). He is the Coordinator for the program Introduction to Pharmacology of the Medicines Australia's Continuing Education Programs (CEP), actively involved in its development and online teaching.
Dr Dietis has been awarded with the iQube Award by the University of Leicester for research excellence in his doctorate work. He also received the Bain Memorial Award and the Schachter Award by the British Pharmacological Society. He has recently been a recipient of a Teaching Merit Certificate award by the University of Tasmania for teaching excellence.
Nikolas has graduated from the University of Portsmouth (UK) with a BSc in Pharmacology and later from Nottingham Trent University (UK) with a BSc Hons in Pharmacology & Neuroscience. After a brief period of working in the Pharmaceutical industry sector for five years, he graduated from the Nottingham Trent University (UK) with a Masters by Research in Applied Biosciences (Neuroscience) where he worked on opioid receptor dimerization with Prof Mark Darlison at the Natural Sciences Research Centre (NSRC). After receiving a doctorate scholarship by the HOPE Foundation for Cancer Research, he completed his PhD at the University of Leicester (UK), working with Prof Dave Lambert on the pharmacological characterization of bifunctional opioids as novel ligands for cancer pain.
Nikolas served as a member of the Young Pharmacologists Committee at the British Pharmacological Society and Chaired the East Midlands Universities Association Postgraduate Research Conference in 2010. He was also involved in Secondary Education; teaching Biology and Chemistry A-levels in the UK for three years. Nikolas currently serves as a Reviewer for the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (JPET) and the European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. He has been an active member of various Pharmacological/Neuroscience Societies and Foundations since 2001 (Brain Foundation, BPS, SfN, GPS, BNA, APS), as well as the International Society for the Study of Pain (IASP), contributing to a number of activities & projects.
In 2012 he joined the University of Tasmania as a Lecturer of Pharmacological Sciences at the Division of Pharmacy.
Dr Dietis works on the molecular pharmacology of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) and the pharmacological properties of novel bifunctional GPCR-ligands in vitro and in vivo. His current work focuses on the role of opioid receptor dimerization in chronic pain and the identification of molecular mechanisms that are implicated in the manifestation of opioid tolerance. His group's current work revolves around the different translational areas of opioid pharmacology, including chronic pain, major depressive disorder, stress-induced analgesia and cancer.
[Dr Dietis' research resides under two main Research Themes of the Faculty of Health: Translational Neurosciences & Dementia, and the Prevention & Management of Chronic Disease]
Listed below are the projects that Dr Dietis' team is currently involved in:
Authorised by the Associate Head, Pharmacy
5 June, 2014