Dr Aaron Schultz



Lecturer in Animal Biology


Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env


School of Life & Env. Sciences


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus


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


+61 3 924 45433


Dr. Aaron Schultz completed his PhD at Deakin University in 2010, where his studies focused on fish physiology, and fish health and disease in aquaculture.  He then held a Postdoctoral fellow position (2010-2012) and Research Associate position (2012-2014) in Professor Greg Goss's laboratory at the University of Alberta, Canada. Dr. Schultz's main research interests lie in examining the transformation and behaviour of engineered nanomaterial’s in complex media, the uptake mechanisms and potential toxicity of engineered nanomaterial’s on living systems, and potential therapeutic applications of nanomaterials in medicine.

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

2012 - Awarded “Best PDF Research Seminar”, CSZ 2012 Meeting in Sackville, NB, Canada (see link http://www.csz-scz.ca/awards/pdf/recipients.html#top)

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


What do socks, wound dressings, cosmetics, sunscreens, teddy bears, washing
machines, and medical devices all have common? Each of these products contain engineered nanomaterial’s (NMs), which are man-made materials ranging in size from 1 – 100 nm. Due to theirsmall size and unique surface properties, NMs have many desirable and useful properties, and in recent years they have shown great promise for improving the treatment of a number of diseases, including cancer. However, NMs can also interact with living cells in potentially undesirable and toxic manners and it is, therefore, very important for us to understand any potential adverse effects of NMs on humans and other organisms in the environment.

My research examines the transformation of engineered nanomaterial’s in complex media, and the uptake mechanisms and toxicity of engineered nanomaterial’s on living systems. This research will provide important nanotoxicological profiles to government and health agencies, which will aid in the development of policies and regulations for the safe manufacture, handling and disposal of NMs to limit future human and environmental exposure.

I am also a co-investigator in a new collaborative project that is examinging the potential therapeutic application of novel nanomaterials to treat neurological diseases and cancer.

For more information on nanotoxicology please see my recent review article: Schultz, A.G, et al. Environmental Chemistry, 2014, 11, 207-226 (http://www.publish.csiro.au/nid/188/paper/EN13221.htm). 


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

Frdric Thomas, Mathieu Giraudeau, Nolwenn Dheilly, Flora Gouzerh, Justine Boutry, Christa Beckmann, Peter Biro, Rodrigo Hamede, Jerome Abadie, Sophie Labrut, Margaux Bieuville, Dorothe Misse, Georgina Bramwell, Aaron Schultz, Guillaume Le Loc?H, Orsolya Vincze, Benjamin Roche, Franois Renaud, Tracey Russell, Beata Ujvari

(2020), pp. 1-10, Evolutionary applications, Chichester, Eng., C1


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, pp. 1-14, Scientific Reports, London, ENg., C1


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, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


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, C1


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


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


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, C1


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


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


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, American Journal of Physiology - Cell Physiology, C1-1


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


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, C1


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

C Wood, A Schultz, R Munger, P Walsh

(2009), Vol. 212, pp. 684-692, Journal of Experimental Biology, C1


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, C1


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