Dr Donald Wlodkowic is an Associate Professor in Cell Biology and Toxicology. He is a head of the Neurotox Laboratory at the School of Science (Biosciences), RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
Associate Professor Donald Wlodkowic is heading the Neurotox Laboratory, an interdisciplinary facility with a portfolio of innovative research in aquatic ecotoxicology, behavioural ecotoxicology, eco-neurotoxicology and water quality assessment including real-time, early-warning biomonitoring systems. He is one of Australia's eminent experts in experimental behavioural ecotoxicology and eco-neurotoxicology with interests spanning effects of industrial pollutants, neurotoxins and neuroactive drugs on central nervous systems.
Donald has also an outstanding international reputation as an innovator in biomicrofluidic technologies for research on small aquatic model organisms, and digital methods to analyse aquatic animal behaviour. His laboratory has pioneered a multitude of innovative technologies and techniques for toxicology research as well as state-of-the-art innovations in digital video-based technologies for high-throughput analysis of aquatic animal behaviour.
He has extensive international experience in building and leading academic and industry projects with an outstanding track record of leading strategic initiatives in both research and learning and teaching. His strong leadership skills and result orientated strategy making is combined with demonstrated success in building successful and motivated research teams in Australia, New Zealand and Europe.
He is also a passionate educator and university teacher with a strong motivation to innovative undergraduate and postgraduate bioscience teaching curriculums with the next generation digital tools.
- Aquatic Toxicology
- Behavioural Ecotoxicology
- Developemntal Neurotoxicology
- Chemical Risk Assessment
- Water Quality Sensing
- RMIT University Award for Research Excellence – Technology (2020)
- RMIT Vice Chancellor's Senior Research Fellowship (2013-2017)
- Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Excellence Award (2013)
- The University of Auckland Early Career Research Excellence Award (2012)
Professor Donald Wlodkowic's Neurotox Laboratory is based in the RMIT Bundoora West Campus, School of Science, Biosciences (Building 223, Level 1).
- 2019 Science Daily "Floral foam adds to microplastic pollution problem"
- 2019 RMIT University News "The future of digital science education"
- 2016 Tufts Now "Faulty bioelectric signal responsible for facial defects caused by rare genetic disorder"
- 2016 3DPrint.com "Are We Poisoning Ourselves & the Planet with 3D Printing? More Research Emerges from RMIT University"
- 2016 RMIT University News "RMIT scientists investigate health hazards of 3D printing"
- 2014 RMIT University "Wallet-sized labs the next big thing"
The Neurotox Laboratory at RMIT School of Science is a $1M state-of-the-art and fully integrated interdisciplinary research facility with a portfolio of innovative R&D in neurotoxicity, developmental and behavioural biotests aimed at environmental toxicology, chemical risk assessment and drug discovery. Current research activities encompass diverse and multidisciplinary projects in aquatic ecotoxicology, behavioural ecotoxicology, eco-neurotoxicology and water quality assessment including real-time, early-warning biomonitoring systems.
Current research projects
- Applications of advanced neuro-behavioural tests in aquatic ecotoxicology
- Neurotoxicity of industrial pollutants
- Neurotoxicity of plastic additives
- Neuro-behavioural alterations induced by emerging pollutants
- Embryo assays in rapid aquatic risk assessment
- Molecular methods in eco-neurotoxicology
- Real-time, early-warning water biomonitoring systems
- Discovery of neuroactive and neuro-modulating chemicals using high-throughput neuro-behavioural assays
- High-throughput behavioural video analytics for rapid discovery of nerve poison countermeasures
A/Prof Wlodkowic teaching curriculum includes undergraduate and postgraduate courses in cell biology, biochemistry and neurobiology:
- BIOL2146 Cell Structure and Function (course coordinator)
- BIOL2333 Cell Structure and Function (course coordinator)
- BIOL2420 Cell Structure and Function (course coordinator)
- PROC2048 Fundamentals of Biochemistry (course coordinator)
- BIOL2231 - Applied Science Research Project
- ONPS2313 - Science Honours 1
- PhD in Cell Biology, University of Kuopio, Kuopio, Finland, 2007
- MSc in Experimental Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland, 2001
- Associate Editor, Cytometry Part A (2013 - present)
- Editor, Methods in Cell Biology, Recent Advances in Cytometry, Part A, Volume 102 (2011)
- Editor, Methods in Cell Biology, Recent Advances in Cytometry, Part B, Volume 103 (2011)
- The International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) (2015 – present)
- Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) (2015 – present)
- International Society for the Advancement of Cytometry (ISAC) (2006 – present)
- Polish Society for Cytometry (2004 – present)
- Scientific Advisory Board of On-Chip Biotechnologies Ltd, Tokyo, Japan (2011 – present)
- Australian Research Council Nanotechnology Network (2010 – present)
- EU Framework Program, European Commission Directorate-General for Research, Directorate F (Health), Unit F.4: Genomics & Systems Biology, Brussels, Belgium (2010 – present)
- MacDiarmid Institute Bionanotechnology Network (2009 – present)
- Non-Executive Director, Cytometris R&D, UK (2008 – 2011)
- Senior Partner, Cytotech Consultancy, UK (2007 – 2011)
- Reviewer for the scientific journals: Cytometry Part A, Nature Protocols, Nature Methods, Analytical Chemistry, Lab Chip, Journal of Visualized Experiments (JOVE), Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, Methods in Molecular Biology, EBM Systems Biology, Journal of Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, Biomicrofluidics, Cell Cycle, Cell Proliferation, Expert Review in Molecular Diagostics, Drug Discovery Today, Molecular Cell Research, Pharmacological Reports, Molecular BioSystems, Molecular Pharmacology
- Bai, Y.,Henry, J.,Campana, O.,Wlodkowic, D. (2021). Emerging prospects of integrated bioanalytical systems in neuro-behavioral toxicology In: Science of the Total Environment, 756, 1 - 8
- Bownik, A.,Wlodkowic, D. (2021). Applications of advanced neuro-behavioral analysis strategies in aquatic ecotoxicology In: Science of the Total Environment, 772, 1 - 16
- Wlodkowic, D.,Campana, O. (2021). Toward High-Throughput Fish Embryo Toxicity Tests in Aquatic Toxicology In: Environmental Science and Technology, , 1 - 9
- Trestrail, C.,Walpitagama, M.,Hedges, C.,Truskewycz, A.,Miranda, A.,Wlodkowic, D.,Shimeta, J.,Nugegoda, D. (2020). Foaming at the mouth: Ingestion of floral foam microplastics by aquatic animals In: Science of the Total Environment, 705, 1 - 13
- Bai, Y.,Henry, J.,Wlodkowic, D. (2020). Chemosensory avoidance behaviors of marine amphipods Allorchestes compressa revealed using a millifluidic perfusion technology In: Biomicrofluidics, 14, 1 - 5
- Henry, J.,Wlodkowic, D. (2020). High-throughput animal tracking in chemobehavioral phenotyping: Current limitations and future perspectives In: Behavioural Processes, 180, 1 - 9
- Henry, J.,Rodriguez, A.,Wlodkowic, D. (2019). Impact of digital video analytics on accuracy of chemobehavioural phenotyping in aquatic toxicology In: PeerJ, 7, 1 - 22
2 PhD Current Supervisions5 PhD Completions
- Force protection in the land domain. Funded by: Strategic Policy and Intelligence Group - Capability and Technology Demonstrator (CTD) Grant 2016 from (2016 to 2016)
- Ecotoxicology-on-a-Chip: Towards Smart Devices in Environmental Biomonitoring. Funded by: ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher from (2013 to 2016)