Dr Lars Esser

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Lars is a research fellow at CSIRO developing new strategies to diagnose and treat brain cancer.

He has a background in nanomedicine and the development of polymer-based nanoparticles for applications in diagnostics (MRI and PET) and drug delivery. Lars carried out his PhD at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Melbourne in collaboration with UNSW Australia and ANSTO. Previously, he completed a master's and bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands.

After his PhD he commenced a one-year postdoc at Monash University and CBNS on the development of star polymers for the treatment of cancer metastasis (together with Olivia-Newton John Cancer & Wellness Centre), leukaemia and lung cancer (Children's Cancer Institute) before starting at CSIRO under supervision of Prof. Nico Voelcker. Lars also has an adjunct position at Monash University, supervises several students, and advises PhD students by participating in PhD milestone review panels.

Other Interests

Next to his research, Lars is also interested in improving the experience of CERC postdocs at CSIRO. He has co-organised the biennial CSIRO Postdoc Conference and is currently the secretary of CSIRO's National Postdoc Committee. He is also enthusiastic about promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in Australia and has participated in National Science Week events, the Victorian finals of Famelab, and hosted high school students at CSIRO for work experience.

Achievements and Awards

  • 2019-2019

    Audience Choice Award - Victorian Finals

  • 2016-2016

    Monash Postgraduate Publication Award
    Monash University

  • 2014-2016

    Postgraduate Research Award

  • 2013-2016

    Monash Graduate Scholarship
    Monash University

Academic Qualifications

  • 2016

    PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences
    Monash University

  • 2010

    Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering
    Eindhoven University of Technology

  • 2006

    Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering
    Eindhoven Univeristy of Technology (The Netherlands)

Professional Experiences

  • 2019-2019

    CSIRO National CERC Postdoc Committee

  • 2018-2019

    Program Committee Member
    CSIRO Convergence Conference

  • 2017-2018

    Outreach Committee Member
    ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science & Technology

  • 2015-2015

    Parkville Postgraduate Association

  • 2015-2015

    American Association Pharmaceutical Sciences Melbourne Student Chapter


  • 2018-2019

    Monash Institute of Medical Engineering Seed Fund

  • 2014-2016

    AINSE Postgraduate Research Award


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