Dr Ramiz Boulos

Academic Status

College of Science and Engineering

place Biological Sciences
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

In my PhD I worked on 'Mechanosensitive ion channels as novel targets for antimicrobial agents'. They act as an emergency valve when cells experience an osmotic downshock. The mechanosensitive ion channel of large conductance (MscL) is highly conserved in bacteria and not found in the human genome making it an attractive target for drug discovery. This research has led to the development of a novel and non-toxic class of antimicrobials effective against gram +ve bacteria, including superbugs.

After completing my PhD I joined Prof. Colin Raston as a postdoc working in a number of projects. I am fascinated by the potential of biomass utilisation (e.g. human hair) where a waste material can be transformed into a high value end product. I am also interested in the biomineralisation of calcium carbonate and its formation under high shear. I also enjoy doing molecular modelling of systems to better understand experimental results.

I am currently acting CEO for Boulos & Cooper Pharmaceuticals, a South Australian company developing a novel class of antibiotics effective against drug resistant bacteria.

PhD Chemistry 2011 (UWA)
Honour Chemistry 2005 (UWA)
BSc Chemistry and Genetics major 2004 (UWA)
Honours, awards and grants

Tall Poppy Award 2014

2nd Prize Poster Presentation - Flinders Centre for NanoScale Science & Technology (CNST) annual conference 2013

Invited Talks

International Summit on Past and Present Research systems in Green Chemistry 2014, Philadelphia USA

RACI Division of Interfaces, Colloids, and Nanomaterials: Nanochemistry for life 2014, UniSA Adelaide

Supervisory interests
Biomass biorefinery
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Nanotechnology (1)
Associate supervisor: Nanotechnology (1)
Expert for media contact
Mechanosensitive channels
Novel bacterial targets
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Media expertise
  • Antibiotics
  • Microbiology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Mechanosensitive channels
  • Novel bacterial targets
  • Superbugs
Further information
From in-silico drug design to preclinical studies, my PhD Thesis tells a story of the birth of a novel class of antibacterials.

PhD Thesis

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