Monash University

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Engineering cytosolic transport for improved therapeutic delivery

posted on 2022-11-03, 12:29 authored by Joshua Rennick
Biopharmaceuticals have transformed modern medicine by enabling unprecedented biological control over disease beyond the capabilities of small molecule drugs. Biological drug applications are highly diverse and represent most of the top-selling drugs worldwide. However, inefficient drug delivery to the interior of cells has limited development for intracellular applications. This poses a substantial area to expand the possibilities of biopharmaceuticals. This thesis develops sensors to quantify intracellular pH and cytosolic delivery efficiency as well as a directed evolution methodology to discover more efficient endosomal escape peptides. Together, these tools may enable more effective intracellular biopharmaceutical delivery to improve human health.


Campus location


Principal supervisor

Angus Johnston

Additional supervisor 1

Colin Pouton

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Drug Delivery, Disposition and Dynamics


Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences