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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

No publications found

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