Donald Wlodkowic is an Associate Professor in Cell Biology and Neurobiology. He is a head of the Phenomics Laboratory at the School of Science (Biosciences), RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
Associate Professor Donald Wlodkowic is an experienced tenured Faculty member and senior R&D manager with a range of international achievements cutting across several disciplines of biosciences and industries.
He has extensive international experience in building and leading academic and industry research projects in both basic as well as applied research portfolios. 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 has a significant track record of leading strategic initiatives in both research and learning and teaching. 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.
At present Donald leads the Phenomics Laboratory at the School of Science (Biosciences), RMIT University. His laboratory applies high-throughput chemobehavioural biometrics to study the polypharmacological effects of neuroactive drugs and neurotoxins on central nervous system. Particular emphasis of current research activities is focused on chemical modulation of innate behavioural and cognitive (learning and memory retrieval) functions as well as emerging strategies to develop and evaluate new neuroactive and neuroprotective drugs.
- Behavioural neuroscience
- Cognitive neuroscience
- Human behavioural biometrics
Scholarships and fellowships
- 2013 RMIT Vice Chancellor's Senior Research Fellowship, Australia
- 2013 Australian Research Council, Discovery Early Career Research Award, Australia
- 2007-2009 RASOR Programme Postdoctoral Fellowship by BBSRC, EPSRC and Scottish Funding Council, UK
- 2006/07 Finnish Cultural Foundation (SKR) Fellowship, Kuopio, Finland
- 2006 Centre for International Mobility (CIMO) Fellowship, Helsinki, Finland
- 2013 Australian Research Council, Discovery Early Career Research Award, Australia
- 2013 The University of Auckland, Early Career Research Excellence Award, New Zealand
Professor Donald Wlodkowic's research laboratory is based in the RMIT Bundoora West Campus, School of Science, Biosciences (Building 223, Level 1).
- 2016 Tufts Now "Faulty bioelectric signal responsible for facial defects caused by rare genetic disorder" https://now.tufts.edu/news-releases/faulty-bioelectric-signal-responsible-facial-defects-caused-rare-genetic-disorder#sthash.lCpavlIx.dpuf
- 2016 RMIT University News "RMIT scientists investigate health hazards of 3D printing", https://www.rmit.edu.au/news/all-news/2016/february/rmit-scientists-investigate-hazards-of-3d-printing/
- 2014 RMIT University "Wallet-sized labs the next big thing", https://www.rmit.edu.au/news/all-news/2014/oct/walletsized-labs-the-next-big-thing
Current research interests encompass behavioural and cognitive neuroscience, neurobiology, behavioural toxicology and neurotoxicology. The Phenomics laboratory is applying high-throughput chemobehavioural biometrics to study the polypharmacological effects of neuroactive drugs and neurotoxins on central nervous systems. Particular emphasis of current research activities is focused on chemical modulation of innate behavioural and cognitive (learning and memory retrieval) functions.
The existing research portfolio in neurobehavioural biology is currently expanding towards multimodal human behavioural research, biometrics and neuroimaging applications in neuropsychiatry, neuromarketing, consumer neuroscience, law enforcement and experimental psychology.
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 Biochemical Engineering (course coordinator)
- BIOL2231 - Applied Science Research Project
- ONPS2313 - Science Honours 1
- Ph.D. in Biomedicine, University of Kuopio, Kuopio, Finland, 2007
- M.Sc. 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
- 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
- Friedrich, T.,Douek, A.,Vandestadt, C.,Wlodkowic, D.,Kaslin, J. (2019). A Modular Millifluidic Homeostatic Imaging Plate for Imaging of Larval Zebrafish In: Zebrafish, 16, 37 - 46
- Velma, G.,Telukutla, S.,Priver, S.,Bai, Y.,Mishra, S.,Wlodkowic, D.,Mirzadeh, N.,Bhargava, S. (2019). Synthesis of Gold(I) Complexes Containing Cinnamide: In Vitro Evaluation of Anticancer Activity in 2D and 3D Spheroidal Models of Melanoma and in Vivo Angiogenesis In: Inorganic Chemistry, 58, 5988 - 5999
- Henry, J.,Wlodkowic, D. (2019). Towards High-Throughput Chemobehavioural Phenomics in Neuropsychiatric Drug Discovery In: Marine Drugs, 17, 1 - 20
- Walpitagama, M.,Carve Luzardo, M.,Douek, A.,Trestrail, C.,Bai, Y.,Kaslin, J.,Wlodkowic, D. (2019). Additives migrating from 3D-printed plastic induce developmental toxicity and neuro-behavioural alterations in early life zebrafish (Danio rerio) In: Aquatic Toxicology, 213, 1 - 11
- Velma, G.,Telukutla, S.,Jadala, C.,Reddy, M.,Sultana, F.,Akunuri, R.,Bhargava, S.,Wlodkowic, D.,Srihari, P.,Kamal, A. (2019). Pyrazolo-benzothiazole hybrids: Synthesis, anticancer properties and evaluation of antiangiogenic activity using in vitro VEGFR-2 kinase and in vivo transgenic zebrafish model In: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 182, 1 - 15
- Henry, J.,Rodriguez, A.,Wlodkowic, D. (2019). Impact of digital video analytics on accuracy of chemobehavioural phenotyping in aquatic toxicology In: PeerJ, , 1 - 22
- Cartlidge, R.,Wlodkowic, D. (2018). Caging of planktonic rotifers in microfluidic environment for sub-lethal aquatic toxicity tests In: Biomicrofluidics, 12, 1 - 11
- Cartlidge, R.,Wlodkowic, D. (2018). Rapid Fabrication of Chip-Based Physiometers for Neurobehavioral Toxicity Assays Using Rotifers Brachionus calyciflorus In: Cytometry Part A, 93A, 837 - 847
2 PhD Current Supervisions5 PhD Completions
- Force protection in the land domain. Funded by: Defence Science and Technology Organisation - 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)