Paula Facal Marina

Paula Facal Marina

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

My professional career as a Chemist spans across over 15 years, applying progressive knowledge of environmental chemistry, nanotechnology and organic synthetic chemistry to contribute to groundbreaking scientific research.
Notable accomplishments include the participation in innovative research projects at the interface between chemistry and biomaterials science to develop innovative solutions to current and emerging biomedical and environmental challenges.

My extensive experience as a chemist includes providing advice on matters such as waste and quality management, food packaging and conservation, identification of chemical hazards and advising on its correct manipulation and storage.

  • Delivery gel lead optimisation: chemical formulation, Carina Biotech - CRC-P2 -patent filed 
  • Development of a thermo-responsive gel formulation for the localised delivery of CAR-T cells for the treatment of solid tumours, Cell Therapy Manufacturing CRC-funded project (P1-10)   
  • Development of functionalised nanoparticles for the detection and in situ treatment of cancer tumours, University of South Australia, 2016 
  • Method for marking magnetic nanoparticles to enhance microwave coatings and other applications, Frinova, University of Vigo, 2012. – translated and commercialised 
  • Different strategies for gold nanoparticles bio functionalisation for bacteria quantification, University of Vigo, 2011-2012.
  • Development of an atmospheric physico chemistry dynamic model for local contamination analysis, 1999
  • China–Australia Centre for Health Sciences Research (CACHSR) – CHIEF INVESTIGATOR 2018
  • China–Australia Centre for Health Sciences Research (CACHSR) - 2017
  • UniSA Travel Grant – University of South Australia - 2015
  • PhD Scholarship – International President Scholarship – University of South Australia - 2012
  • Research Fellowship Electronic Microscopy – CACTI (Scientific and Technological Research Assistance Centre) – University of Vigo - 2012
  • Masters’ studies Scholarship – Spanish Government – Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports - 2011
  • Research Fellow - Nanotechnology and Surface Analysis - CACTI (Scientific and Technological Research Assistance Centre) – University of Vigo - 2010
  • Post-Graduate Travel Grant – University of Vigo – 1998/2000/2011
  • Becas de Tercer Ciclo (post-graduate grant) – University of Vigo – 1995-1996


Visiting and summer students

High Degree by Research Students (UniSA)

Honours students (First class 2019)

Leadership positions | Course development

Discipline Lead Diploma of Engineering - South Australian Institute of Business and Technology (UniSA)

Course coordination and lecturing

Physics 1,2 and maths and Stats – SAIBT

Tutoring and Laboratory demonstrator

Chemistry (UniSA)

Physical Chemistry University Assistant Lecturer (University of Vigo, Spain)

University teaching – Private

Statistics for Engineers - Centrovigo

High School Teaching

Maths, Physics and Chemistry Teacher (Academia Barreiro)

Maths, Physics and Chemistry Teacher (Colegio Marcote)

  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Synthesis of polymers for biomedical applications UniSA Doctorate Full Time Yan Yie
    2018 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Thermoresponsive Polysaccharides for biomedical applications UniSA School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences Division of Health Sciences Doctorate Full Time Sarah Otto
    2018 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Development of Novel Thermoresponsive Polysaccharides with Tunable Transition Temperatures UniSA Bachelor of Biomedical Research (Honours) Honours Full Time Sarah Otto

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