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Dr Aaron Schultz

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer

Faculty

Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env

Department

School of Life & Env Sciences

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2011
Bachelor of Science (Biological Science), Deakin University, 2005

Contact

aaron.schultz@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 924 45433

Biography

Dr Aaron Schultz completed his PhD at Deakin University in 2011 and held several Postdoctoral Research Fellow positions in Canada and Australia before commencing his Lecturer in Animal Biology position at Deakin University in 2017. Dr Schultz’s multidisciplinary research program is split into two main areas: (1) environmental animal physiology – this program includes the study of solute transport mechanisms involved in osmoregulation, acid-base balance and nutrient uptake in aquatic animals; (2) environmental and human toxicology – this program assesses the behavior, transformation, fate, bioavailability and potential toxicity of chemicals of emerging concern (CECs) including nanomaterials and micro/nanoplastics on biological systems. Dr Schultz also serves as the Deputy Chair of the Deakin University Nanosafety Committee, which he led the development of in recent years, and is a HDR coordinator in his School. During his time as HDR coordinator, he has been actively finding ways to improve off-campus and international student engagement with the University and their overall HDR experience. Dr Schultz’s passion for science also extends beyond research and tertiary education, into schools and the community, where he promotes science through a variety of platforms.

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Awards

2022 - Vice Chancellors Award for International Research Collaboration (Laboratory without Borders team)

2018 - Vice Chancellors Award for International Research Collaboration (Laboratory without Borders team)

2015 - Disease Models and Mechanisms Travelling Fellowship (http://dmm.biologists.org/site/about/fellowships/TF2015.xhtml)

2012 - Recieved “Presidents' Award”, CSZ 2012 Meeting in Sackville, NB, Canada (see link https://csz-scz.ca/wp/award/presidents-award/)

2011 - Canadian Society of Zoologists Travel Award
Helped fund attendance at the ICCPB 2011 Conference in Nagoya, Japan

2011 - Canadian Society of Zoologists Travel Award
Helped fund attendance at the CSZ Meeting in Ottawa, Canada

2007 - Company of Biologists Travelling Fellowship from SEB
Helped fund a research trip to the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, BC, Canada

Projects

HDR Student Projects:

Primary supervisor

  • Ms Nishat Urmi: Healthy Lakes, Healthy Communities: Understanding emerging contaminants in regional waterways and developing strategies for success. 
  • Mr Kamal Poudel: Do micro and nanoplastics pose a threat to human health?
  • Ms Natasha Yadav: Life cycle analysis of agricultural relevant nanoparticles in marine water
  • Mr Anurag Nath: Life cycle analysis of agriculturally relevant nanomaterials in marine environment
  • Ms Shweta Gehlout: In vitro and in vivo Toxicology Analysis of Agriculturally Useful Nanoparticles

Associate supervisor

  • Ms Monique Adzijovski: Determining biomarkers of chronic thermal stress in fish.
  • Ms Georginal Bramwell: Transmissible cancers within bivalves across Australia
  • Mr Lalinka Priyashan Bandara Herath Herath Mudiyanselage: Heavy metal sensitive biosensors and common heavy metal toxicity
  • Ms Anne-Lise Pascale F. Gerard: Competition, ecological and evolutionary interactions of two transmissible cancers
  • Mr Samuel Eke: The generation, adsorption of organic/inorganic pollutants, and ecotoxicology of micro(nano)plastics

Other Collaborative Projects:

  • Investigating the risks of Chemicals of Emerging Concern (CECs) to environmental and human health.
  • Assessing the toxicity risks of micro and nanoplastics to freshwater and marine environments.
  • Physiology associated with smoltification in Atlantic Salmon
  • Using zebrafish embryos to screen the bioavailability and safety of novel new cancer therapeutic compounds.
  • Assessing the potential application of copper containing nanomaterials as cancer therapeutics
  • Team member of CANECEV: Cancer ecology and evolution; investigating links between pollution and cancer in the environment (please see link for further details: https://canecev.org/)

Publications

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2024

Genetic divergence of farmed blue mussels (Mytilus sp.) in Australian waters

G Bramwell, A Schultz, T Madsen, F Thomas, N Macdonald, A Dujon, C Sherman, B Ujvari

(2024), Vol. 578, Aquaculture, C1

journal article

3D Printed Porous Membrane Integrated Devices to Study the Chemoattractant Induced Behavioural Response of Aquatic Organisms

Hari Kalathil Balakrishnan, Aaron Schultz, Soomin Lee, Richard Alexander, Ludovic Dumee, Egan Doeven, Dan Yuan, Rosanne Guijt

(2024), Vol. 24, pp. 505-516, Lab on a Chip, Cambridge, Eng., C1

journal article

The effect of mitochondrial recombination on fertilization success in blue mussels

G Bramwell, A Schultz, G Jennings, U Nini, C Vanbeek, P Biro, C Beckmann, A Dujon, F Thomas, C Sherman, B Ujvari

(2024), Vol. 913, Science of the Total Environment, C1

journal article

Behavioural ecology meets oncology: quantifying the recovery of animal behaviour to a transient exposure to a cancer risk factor

Hiske Klaassen, Sophie Tissot, Jordan Meliani, Justine Boutry, Anna Miltiadous, Peter Biro, David Mitchell, Beata Ujvari, Aaron Schultz, Frédéric Thomas, Antoine Dujon

(2024), Vol. 291, pp. 1-11, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, C1

journal article

Hatchery-Imposed Selection Does Not Impact the Genetic Diversity of Australian Farmed Blue Mussels (Mytilus spp.)

Georgina Bramwell, Emi Ab Rahim, Aaron Schultz, Antoine Dujon, Kim Weston, Brett Ingram, Sam Jahangard, Frédéric Thomas, Beata Ujvari, Craig Sherman

(2024), Vol. 3, pp. 51-62, Hydrobiology, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article
2023

Hemocompatibility of biogenic phosphorus nano-agromaterials at environmentally relevant and supra-environmental concentrations for occupational exposure

Ayushi Priyam, Luis Afonso, Aaron Schultz, Amit Dinda, Pushplata Singh

(2023), pp. 313-324, Environmental Science: Advances, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Multi-endpoint assessments for in vitro nano-bio interactions and uptake of biogenic phosphorus nanomaterials using HEK293 cells.

Ayushi Priyam, Luis Afonso, Aaron Schultz, Amit Dinda, Pushplata Singh

(2023), pp. 1-18, Environmental Science: Advances, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2022

Application of Metallic Nanoparticles as Agri Inputs: Modulation in Nanoparticle Design and Application Dosage Needed

Shweta Gehlout, Shweta Gehlout, Ayushi Priyam, Ayushi Priyam, Drishti, Drishti, Luis Afonso, Luis Afonso, Aaron Schultz, Aaron Schultz, Pushplata Singh, Pushplata Singh

(2022), pp. 15-15, Nanotechnology in Agriculture and Environmental Science, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Exposure to biogenic phosphorus nano-agromaterials promotes early hatching and causes no acute toxicity in zebrafish embryos

A Priyam, P Singh, L Afonso, A Schultz

(2022), Vol. 9, pp. 1364-1380, Environmental Science: Nano, Cambridge, England, C1

journal article

Abiotic factors and aging alter the physicochemical characteristics and toxicity of Phosphorus nanomaterials to zebrafish embryos

A Priyam, P Singh, L Afonso, A Schultz

(2022), Vol. 25, pp. 1-14, NanoImpact, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Fertilizing benefits of biogenic Phosphorous nanonutrients on Solanum lycopersicum in soils with variable pH

Ayushi Priyam, natasha Yadav, Pallavolu Reddy, luis Afonso, Aaron Schultz, Pushplata Singh

(2022), Vol. 8, pp. 1-11, Heliyon, AMsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Cancer Susceptibility as a Cost of Reproduction and Contributor to Life History Evolution

A Dujon, J Boutry, S Tissot, J Lemaître, A Boddy, A Gérard, A Alvergne, A Arnal, O Vincze, D Nicolas, M Giraudeau, M Telonis-Scott, A Schultz, P Pujol, P Biro, C Beckmann, R Hamede, B Roche, B Ujvari, F Thomas

(2022), Vol. 10, pp. 1-18, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, Lausanne, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Telomeres, the loop tying cancer to organismal life-histories

B Ujvari, N Raven, T Madsen, M Klaassen, A Dujon, A Schultz, L Nunney, J Lemaître, M Giraudeau, F Thomas

(2022), Molecular Ecology, England, C1

journal article

Uptake and Benefits of Biogenic Phosphorus Nanomaterials Applied via Fertigation to Japonica Rice (Taipei 309) in Low- and High-Calcareous Soil Conditions

A Priyam, N Yadav, P Reddy, L Afonso, A Schultz, P Singh

(2022), Vol. 2, pp. 462-476, ACS Agricultural Science and Technology, Washington, D.C., C1

journal article
2021

A review of the potential effects of climate change on disseminated neoplasia with an emphasis on efficient detection in marine bivalve populations

G Bramwell, A Schultz, C Sherman, M Giraudeau, F Thomas, B Ujvari, A Dujon

(2021), Vol. 775, Science of the Total Environment, C1

journal article

Investigation into the trophic transfer and acute toxicity of phosphorus-based nano-agromaterials in Caenorhabditis elegans

A Priyam, L Afonso, A Schultz, P Singh

(2021), Vol. 23, NanoImpact, Netherlands, C1

journal article
2020

Rare and unique adaptations to cancer in domesticated species: An untapped resource?

F Thomas, M Giraudeau, N Dheilly, F Gouzerh, J Boutry, C Beckmann, P Biro, R Hamede, J Abadie, S Labrut, M Bieuville, D Misse, G Bramwell, A Schultz, G Le Loc'h, O Vincze, B Roche, F Renaud, T Russell, B Ujvari

(2020), Vol. 13, pp. 1605-1614, Evolutionary Applications, C1

journal article

Polyacrylic acid coated nanoparticles elicit endothelial cell apoptosis and diminish vascular relaxation in: Ex vivo perfused iliac arteries of the cane toad (Rhinella marina)

V Ortega, M Cameron, J Stafford, G Goss, J Donald, A Schultz

(2020), Vol. 7, pp. 1912-1926, Environmental Science: Nano, C1

journal article

Transmissible Cancers in an Evolutionary Perspective

A Dujon, R Gatenby, G Bramwell, N MacDonald, E Dohrmann, N Raven, A Schultz, R Hamede, A Gérard, M Giraudeau, F Thomas, B Ujvari

(2020), Vol. 23, iScience, United States, C1

journal article

Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) exposed to different preparatory photoperiods during smoltification show varying responses in gill Na+/K+-ATPase, salinity-specific mRNA transcription and ionocyte differentiation

C van Rijn, P Jones, A Schultz, B Evans, S McCormick, L Afonso

(2020), Vol. 529, Aquaculture, C1

journal article

Ecological and Evolutionary Consequences of Anticancer Adaptations

J Boutry, A Dujon, A Gerard, S Tissot, N Macdonald, A Schultz, P Biro, C Beckmann, R Hamede, D Hamilton, M Giraudeau, B Ujvari, F Thomas

(2020), Vol. 23, iScience, United States, C1

journal article
2019

A new method for biological synthesis of agriculturally relevant nanohydroxyapatite with elucidated effects on soil bacteria

A Priyam, R Das, A Schultz, P Singh

(2019), Vol. 9, Scientific Reports, England, C1

journal article
2017

Regulation of plasma glucose and sulfate excretion in Pacific hagfish, Eptatretus stoutii is not mediated by 11-deoxycortisol

A Clifford, N Bury, A Schultz, J Ede, B Goss, G Goss

(2017), Vol. 247, pp. 107-115, General and Comparative Endocrinology, United States, C1

journal article

Ammonia-independent sodium uptake mediated by Na+ channels and NHEs in the freshwater ribbon leech Nephelopsis obscura

A Quijada-Rodriguez, A Schultz, J Wilson, Y He, G Allen, G Goss, D Weihrauch

(2017), Vol. 220, pp. 3270-3279, Journal of Experimental Biology, England, C1

journal article
2016

Uptake and toxicity of copper oxide nanoparticles in C6 glioma cells

A Joshi, W Rastedt, K Faber, A Schultz, F Bulcke, R Dringen

(2016), Vol. 41, pp. 3004-3019, Neurochemical research, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article
2015

The role of acid-sensing ion channels in epithelial Na+ uptake in adult zebrafish (Danio rerio)

A Dymowska, D Boyle, A Schultz, G Goss

(2015), Vol. 218, pp. 1244-1251, Journal of experimental biology, Cambridge, Eng., C1-1

journal article
2014

Rodlet cells in Murray cod, Maccullochella peelii peelii (Mitchell), affected with chronic ulcerative dermatopathy

A Schultz, P Jones, T Toop

(2014), Vol. 37, pp. 219-228, Journal of fish diseases, London, England, C1

journal article

Phosphate absorption across multiple epithelia in the Pacific hagfish (Eptatretus stoutii)

A Schultz, S Guffey, A Clifford, G Goss

(2014), Vol. 307, pp. R643-R652, American journal of physiology : regulatory, integrative and comparative physiology, Bethesda, Md., C1-1

journal article

Aquatic toxicity of manufactured nanomaterials: challenges and recommendations for future toxicity testing

Aaron Schultz, David Boyle, Danuta Chamot, Kimberly Ong, Kevin Wilkinson, James McGeer, Geoff Sunahara, Greg Goss

(2014), Vol. 11, pp. 207-226, Environmental chemistry, Clayton, Vic, C1-1

journal article

Acid-sensing ion channels are involved in epithelial Na+ uptake in the rainbow trout Oncorhynchus mykiss

A Dymowska, A Schultz, S Blair, D Chamot, G Goss

(2014), Vol. 307, pp. C255-C265, American Journal of Physiology - Cell Physiology, United States, C1-1

journal article
2012

Silver nanoparticles inhibit sodium uptake in juvenile rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)

A Schultz, K Ong, T MacCormack, G Ma, J Veinot, G Goss

(2012), Vol. 46, pp. 10295-10301, Environmental science & technology, Easton, Pa., C1-1

journal article
2011

Groundwater pre-treatment prevents the onset of chronic ulcerative dermatopathy in juvenile Murray cod, Maccullochella peelii peelii (Mitchell)

A Schultz, S Shigdar, P Jones, A Ward, T Toop

(2011), Vol. 312, pp. 19-25, Aquaculture, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1

journal article
2009

Using omeprazole to link the components of the post-prandial alkaline tide in the spiny dogfish, Squalus acanthias

C Wood, A Schultz, S Munger, P Walsh

(2009), Vol. 212, pp. 684-692, Journal of experimental biology, Cambridge, England, C1

journal article
2008

Osmoregulatory balance in Murray cod, Maccullochella peelii peelii (Mitchell), affected with chronic ulcerative dermatopathy

A Schultz, J Healy, P Jones, T Toop

(2008), Vol. 280, pp. 45-52, Aquaculture, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

The battle of tumours: growth kinetics and competition of DFT1 and DFT2

A/Prof Beata Ujvari, Dr Aaron Schultz, Dr Matthew McKenzie

DPIPWE Dr Eric Guiler Tasmanian Devil Research Grant

  • 2021: $25,000

Industry and Other Funding

Contagious diseases in Australian bivalves

Ms Georgina Bramwell, A/Prof Beata Ujvari, Dr Aaron Schultz, A/Prof Craig Sherman, Dr Antoine Dujon

Ecological Society Australia - Student Research Award

  • 2021: $6,695

STUDENT APPLICATION - Mitochondrial inheritance and recombination in wild and farmed mussels

A/Prof Beata Ujvari, Ms Georgina Bramwell, Dr Aaron Schultz, A/Prof Craig Sherman, Dr Antoine Dujon

ESA - Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment - 20 571 098 795

  • 2023: $500

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2023

Anurag Nath

Thesis entitled: Ecosafety Assessment of Phosphorous-based Nanofertilizers

Doctor of Philosophy (Biol & Chem), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Natasha Yadav

Thesis entitled: Behaviour and Toxicity Assessment of Iron-based Nanofertilizers in Aquatic Ecosystem

Doctor of Philosophy (Biol & Chem), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

2022

Shweta Gehlout

Thesis entitled: ECOSAFETY ASSESSMENT OF IRON OXIDE NANOFERTILIZERS

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Ayushi Priyam

Thesis entitled: Environmental and human toxicity assessment of Phosphorus-based nanomaterials

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Associate Supervisor
2024

Georgina Bramwell

Thesis entitled: What Makes Mussels Strong? Factors Influencing Fitness of Blue Mussels

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences