Associate Professor Andrew Rowland

Associate Professor in Clinical Pharmacology

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Flinders Medical Centre Building (6D:306.1)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I am passionate about engaging with industry and clinicians to resolve knowledge gaps regarding the impact of life stage, environmental factors and disease on the activity of proteins that influence drug exposure and response, and using this knowledge to inform safe and effectiveuse of achieve optimal therapeutic outcomes. I strive to be a role model for courage, integrity and perseverence to my two sons.

I was awarded a PhD in Clinical Pharmacology from Flinders University in 2009. Following a 2 year post-doctoral position in the Miners’ Drug Metabolism laboratory, in 2011 I was appointed to my current academic position in the College of Medicine and Public Health. Now Associate Professor, and as a Beat Cancer Mid-Career Research Fellow, I lead a dynamic team of scientists at the forefront of advancing extracellular vesicle (EVs) isolation and analysis platforms for use with biospecimens. My team are world leaders in the isolation and characterisation of tissue specific EVs from blood and work closely with industry and clinicians to apply this technology to improve patient outcomes by enhancing drug efficacy and minimising harms.

I teach the principles of pharmacology and therapeutics to a spectrum of medical and health professionals including doctors, nurse prescribers, paramedics and medical scientists. My research focus is the advancement of precision medicine approaches such that they translate to direct improvements for cancer patients by facilitating the maximal therapeutic benefit from targeted anti-cancer medicines, while minimising the harmful effects of these drugs.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. My work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

3. Good Health and Wellbeing
10. Reduce Inequalities
16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

2009 - PhD (Pharmacology) - Flinders University
2004 - BSc Hons (Pharmacology) - Flinders University
Honours, awards and grants


2019 - Beat Cancer Mid-Career Research Fellowship

2017 - ASCEPT / Certara New Investigator Award

2013 - Flinders University Vice Chancellor's Award for Early Career Researchers

External Grant Funding:

I have led successful Category 1 national and international competitive research applications totaling in excess of $8 million. Recent major grants include:

2023 - AstraZeneca - $170,000
Principal Investigator - International Industry Funding

2022 - Pfizer Worldwide Research and Development - $340,000
Principal Investigator - International Industry Funding

2022 - Boehringer Ingelheim - $80,000
Principal Investigator - International Industry Funding

2021 - Pfizer Worldwide Research and Development - $391,000
Chief Investigator A - International Industry Funding

2019 - Cancer Council Mid-Career Research Fellowship - $600,000
Fellowship - National Competitive Funding

2018 - NHMRC Project Grant - $731,812
Chief Investigator A - National Competitive Funding

2018 - Pfizer Worldwide Research and Development - $340,000
Principal Investigator - International Industry Funding

Teaching interests

I actively engage with innovative formats for teaching clinical and experimental pharmacology to students across many courses and degrees within the College of Medicine and Public Health at Flinders University.

I am also involved in the ongoing education and training of Paramedics, Doctors and Nurse Practitioners, and supervise post graduate (Honours and PhD) and graduate medical research (MD) students within this faculty.

Topic coordinator
PARA3006 Applied Pharmacology
MMED9150 Medicine 1A - Human Homeostasis (Pharmacology Block)
MMED3934 Principles of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Topic lecturer
MMED9110 Principles of Pharmacology and Toxicology
MMED9111 Pharmacology for Advanced Professional Practice
Supervisory interests
Clinical pharmacokinetics
Drug metabolising enzymes, cytochrome P450 and UDP-glucuronosyltransferase
Drug-drug interactions
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Pharmacology (2)
Associate supervisor: Pharmacology (2)
Associate supervisor: Pharmacology (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Ms Asha Kapetas

2019 Simcyp Most Informative Scientific Report - AUG 2019

Mr Warit Ruanglertboon

2019 British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology Prize - NOV 2019

Dr Madelé van Dyk

2015 ASCEPT Drug Disposition and Response Prize - DEC 2015

Ms Lauren Newman

2019 Drug Disposition and Response Prize - NOV 2019

  • Pharmacology
  • Precision Medicine