Associate Professor Elvis Tiburu

Associate Professor Elvis Tiburu

Adjunct Associate Professor

1990  - BSc in Chemistry

1999 - MPhil in Biochemistry

2004 - PhD in Biophysics

Medicine & Health
School of Optometry and Vision Science

Professor Elvis Tiburu is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences. He is a Biophysicist by training with 21 years of experience in Teaching and Research at various Universities in North America and Africa. He has trained several students both at the Master's and PhD levels. He is a member of the Mentorship team for Fogarty Global Research Consortium, National Institutes of Health, USA at University of Ghana. Prof. Tiburu currently co- supervises students at School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, UNSW and he is very passionate about identifying biological interface materials for biomedical applications.

Medicine and Health School of Optometry and Vision Sciences
  • Journal articles | 2024
    Enninful GN; Kuppusamy R; Tiburu EK; Kumar N; Willcox MDP, 2024, 'Non-canonical amino acid bioincorporation into antimicrobial peptides and its challenges', Journal of Peptide Science, 30,
    Journal articles | 2021
    Gaba EW; Asimeng BO; Kaufmann EE; Foster EJ; Tiburu EK, 2021, 'The influence of pineapple leaf fiber orientation and volume fraction on methyl methacrylate-based polymer matrix for prosthetic socket application', Polymers, 13,

(1)           PI HL07917- 06, Trainee (14/07/2004 – 13/06/2007)

National Institutes of Health NRSA Training Grant to Beth Israel Document Medical Center, Harvard Institute of Health. Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Fellowship are for students at Institutions Without NIH-Funded Institutional Predoctoral Dual-Degree Training Programs. 

(2)       PI  W81XWH-06-1-0756 Determination of the Dynamics, Structure, and Orientation of the Transmembrane Segment of ErbB2 in Model Membranes Using Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy (01-03-2008). 

(3)       SeedingLabs, Equipment (

(4)       P01 DA09158 (CO-PI)  Endocannabinoid Active Sites as Therapeutic Target. (5/1/2009-2/28/2010).

 (5)      R03 DA031020 (PI) Ligand-Assisted Structural Studies of the Human Cannabinoid Receptor 2, Using NMR (02/01/11-01/31/13). 

NIH National Research Service Award (2004-2007, USA

Department of Defence Breast Cancer Award (2006), USA

Academic Excellence Award, Indiana University of PA (1998), USA

My research focus include


Biophysics -- Using combined approaches including chemistry, biology, mathematics, physics and computational tools  to study molecular processes and dynamics of living systems.


Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) -- Using spectroscopic techniques to elucidate the structure and dynamics of macromolecules to identify key drug/macromolecular interactions.  


Developing smart materials for targeted drug delivery-- Developing composites materials from locally sources and tailoring their application to drug delivery and other biomedical applications.