Lecturer in Pharmacological Science
BSc BSc(Hons) MRes PhD
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Dr Dietis teaches Pharmacology in undergraduate courses (Pharmacy, Paramedic Practice and Biotechnology/Medical Research) and postgraduate programs of Pharmaceutical Science (Graduate Diploma & Masters). He is also the Program Coordinator for Introduction to Pharmacology in the Medicines Australia's Continuing Education Program (CEP), actively involved in the program's development and online teaching.
Dr Dietis has been awarded the iQube Award by the University of Leicester for his doctorate work, as well as the Bain Memorial Bursary Fund and the Schachter Award by the British Pharmacological Society. At UTAS, Nikolas has been supported by a Research Enhancement Grant Scheme (2013) and received a Career Development Scholarship (2013).
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 working for a number of years in the Pharmaceutical Industry sector in Greece, he graduated from Nottingham Trent University (UK) with a Masters by Research in Applied Biosciences (Neuroscience), working on opioid biology with Prof M. Darlison at the Natural Sciences Research Centre (NSRC). In parallel, Nikolas was also involved in UK's Secondary Education, teaching Biology and Chemistry A-levels. After receiving a doctorate scholarship by the HOPE Foundation for Cancer Research (UK) he completed his PhD at the University of Leicester (UK), working with Prof D. Lambert on the pharmacological characterization of bifunctional opioids and their potential application as agents with reduced analgesic tolerance in cancer patients. Nikolas served as a member of the Young Pharmacologists Committee at the British Pharmacological Society and as a Chair at the East Midlands Universities Association Postgraduate Research Conference.
Nikolas currently serves as a guest Reviewer for the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (JPET) and has been an active member of various Pharmacological and Neuroscience societies since 2001 (BF, BPS, SfN, GPS, BNA, APS), including 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 Pharmacy. Dr Dietis also serves as an Associate Head at the Faculty of Health Learning & Teaching Committee representing the Division of Pharmacy.
Dr Dietis' research is based 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 interests revolve around the role of opioid receptor dimerization in chronic disease, the identification of molecular mechanisms that are implicated in the manifestation of drug tolerance & dependence, the identification of novel opioid compounds that manifest a weak side-effect profile and on the analgesic and various non-analgesic effects of opioids. Dr Dietis' current work is focused on five translational areas of opioid pharmacology: chronic pain, depression, cancer, dementia and addiction/dependence.
Nikolas is also involved in the Learning & Teaching research, looking at the application of Audience Response Systems in learning activities as a means of enhancing active student participation & learning, and more efficient teaching. He is also involved in a large multi-University study (including James Cook University, Australian Catholic University, University of New England, Flinders University, University of Technology Sydney, Curtin University, The University of Sydney, Griffith University and the University of Tasmania), looking at the use of social media in learning, by first and final year health students.
Dr Dietis' research areas support three main Research Themes of the Faculty of Health at UTAS: Translational neurosciences & dementia, Prevention & management of chronic disease, and Technology enhanced learning & teaching.
Listed below are the projects that Dr Dietis' team is currently involved in:
Authorised by the Associate Head, Pharmacy
31 January, 2014