Shadrack Mutuku

Mr Shadrack Mutuku

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

PhD Candidate

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Shadrack Mutuku is a PhD student at the Adelaide Medical School and a recipient of the University of Adelaide International Wildcard Scholarship. He holds a MSc. in Drug Discovery and Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Nottingham, UK and a BSc. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya. His Masters project involved using an immobilised artificial membrane as a lipid bilayer model to study it's effects on drug-receptor kinetics. In 2016, he has joined the Prostate Cancer Research Group at SAHMRI to exploit the application of mass spectrometry imaging in characterising lipid changes in prostate tissue during anti-cancer therapy.

I am exploiting the application of mass spectrometry imaging in characterising lipid changes in prostate tissue during anti-cancer therapy.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2018 Research Officer University of Adelaide
    2016 PhD Student University of Adelaide
    2011 - 2014 Assistant Research Officer Kenya Medical Research Institute
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2019 Award Australian and New Zealand Society for Mass Spectrometry (ANZSMS) Travel Award Australian and New Zealand Society for Mass Spectrometry Australia
    2019 Achievement American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) Student Stipend American Society for Mass Spectrometry Australia
    2018 Invitation Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS) Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering Australia
    2017 Award Research Business & Partnerships Prize University of Adelaide Australia
    2016 Scholarship University of Adelaide International Wildcard Scholarship (UASINT) University of Adelaide Australia
    2015 Award The Sidney Perry Foundation University of Nottingham United Kingdom
    2014 Scholarship Developing Solutions Masters Scholarship University of Nottingham United Kingdom
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
    Swahili Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2014 - 2015 University of Nottingham United Kingdom MSc.
    2007 - 2010 Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology Kenya BSc.
  • Research Interests

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2019 Mutuku, S. M., Trim, P. J., Prabhala, B. K., Irani, S., Bremert, K. L., Logan, J. M., . . . Butler, L. M. (2019). Evaluation of small molecule drug uptake in patient-derived prostate cancer explants by mass spectrometry. Scientific Reports, 9(1), 15008.
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    2018 Wassie, M. (2018). Prevalence of stunting and its associated factors among children 6-59 months of age in Libo-Kemekem district, Northwest Ethiopia; A community based cross sectional study. PLoS ONE, 13(5), 1-11.
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  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    2019 Mutuku, S. M. (2019). MALDI Imaging to Characterise the Lipid Signature of Clinical Prostate Tumours. Poster session presented at the meeting of American Society for Mass Spectrometry. Atlanta.
    2018 Mutuku, S. M. (2018). Evaluation of Small Molecule Drug Uptake in Ex Vivo Cultured Clinical Prostate Tumours by Mass Spectrometry. Poster session presented at the meeting of 12th Florey Postgraduate Research Conference.
    2018 Mutuku, S. M., Centenera, M. M., Trim, P. J., Snel, M. F., & Butler, L. M. (2018). Evaluation of small molecule drug uptake in ex vivo cultured clinical prostate tumours by mass spectrometry. Poster session presented at the meeting of BJU INTERNATIONAL. Brisbane, AUSTRALIA: WILEY.
    2017 Mutuku, S. M., Prabhala Bala., Centenera, M., Trim, P., Snel, M., & Butler, L. (2017). Quantification of Enzalutamide in Cultured Prostate Tissue Using LC-MS/MS. Poster session presented at the meeting of 26th Australian and New Zealand Society for Mass Spectrometry. Flinders University.
    2017 Mutuku, S. M., Centenera, M., Trim, P., Gustafsson, O. J., Snel, M., & Butler, L. (2017). A Mass Spectrometry Approach to Characterise Lipid Composition in Prostate Tumuors. Poster session presented at the meeting of 11th Florey Postgraduate Research Conference. Adelaide.
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  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 - 2019 Other Demonstrator (Medical Sciences & Neuroscinces) University of Adelaide Other Part Time 3rd Year Research Placement
  • Mentoring

    Date Topic Location Name
    2017 - 2018 Mass Spectrometry Imaging of Lipids in Prostate Tissue KU Leuven Daan Van Den Bosch
  • Position: PhD Candidate
  • Phone: 81284374
  • Email: shadrack.mutuku@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: SAHMRI, floor 5
  • Org Unit: Adelaide Medical School

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