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 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) aquatic animal physiology – this program includes the study of ion-regulation, acid-base balance and nutrient uptake mechanisms in aquatic animals; (2) environmental nanotoxicology – this program assesses the behavior, transformation, fate, bioavailability and potential toxicity of engineered nanomaterial’s 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 the HDR coordinator in his School for off campus and international HDR students. 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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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 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 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

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)

Van Ortega, Melissa Cameron, James Stafford, Greg Goss, John Donald, Aaron Schultz

(2020), pp. 1-15, Environmental science: nano, London, Eng., 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 Grard, M Giraudeau, F Thomas, B Ujvari

(2020), Vol. 23, pp. 1-12, iScience, Cambridge, Mass., 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, pp. 1-13, Aquaculture, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

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

journal article

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

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, C1

journal article

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

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

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

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

journal article

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

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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