Professor David Owen

Academic Director, Protein Expressi

Protein Expression Facility

Director, Protein Express Facility

Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology


David is a passionate and driven scientist with a successful track record in translational commercially focused technical and academic leadership. David has worked in academia and industry at the interface of chemistry, biochemistry and biology. He has successfully designed and developed several oncology nanomedicines and driven them forward into clinical trials.

As Director of the Protein Expression Facility (PEF) within The University of Queensland, David and his team strive to build collaborations and provide excellent service provision with a wide variety of researchers across academia and industry. Through this work we ensure PEF achieves its vision to be a world leader in protein research services and innovative solutions for protein production driving scientific success.

Research Interests

  • Protein Science
  • Nanotechnology
  • Radiotheranostics
  • Cancer Biology
  • Bioconjugation


  • Sonzini, Silvia, Caputo, Fanny, Mehn, Dora, Calzolai, Luigi, Even Borgos, Sven, Hyldbakk, Astrid, Treacher, Kevin, Li, Weimin, Jackman, Mark, Mahmoudi, Najet, Jayne Lawrence, M., Patterson, Claire, Owen, David, Ashford, Marianne and Akhtar, Nadim (2023). In depth characterization of physicochemical critical quality attributes of a clinical drug-dendrimer conjugate. International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 637 122905, 1-14. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpharm.2023.122905

  • Feeney, Orlagh M., Ardipradja, Katie, Noi, Ka Fung, Mehta, Dharmini, De Rose, Robert, Yuen, Daniel, Johnston, Angus P.R., Kingston, Lee, Ericsson, Cecilia, Elmore, Charles S., Hufton, Richard, Owen, David J., Ashford, Marianne B. and Porter, Christopher J.H. (2022). Subcutaneous delivery of a dendrimer-BH3 mimetic improves lymphatic uptake and survival in lymphoma. Journal of Controlled Release, 348, 420-430. doi: 10.1016/j.jconrel.2022.05.041

  • Patterson, Claire M., Balachander, Srividya B., Grant, Iain, Pop-Damkov, Petar, Kelly, Brian, McCoull, William, Parker, Jeremy, Giannis, Michael, Hill, Kathryn J., Gibbons, Francis D., Hennessy, Edward J., Kemmitt, Paul, Harmer, Alexander R., Gales, Sonya, Purbrick, Stuart, Redmond, Sean, Skinner, Matthew, Graham, Lorraine, Secrist, J. Paul, Schuller, Alwin G., Wen, Shenghua, Adam, Ammar, Reimer, Corinne, Cidado, Justin, Wild, Martin, Gangl, Eric, Fawell, Stephen E., Saeh, Jamal, Davies, Barry R. ... Ashford, Marianne B. (2021). Design and optimisation of dendrimer-conjugated Bcl-2/xL inhibitor, AZD0466, with improved therapeutic index for cancer therapy. Communications Biology, 4 (1) 112, 112. doi: 10.1038/s42003-020-01631-8

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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor