In 2017, Dr Oveis Pourmehran joined the University of Adelaide as a PhD candidate and completed his PhD with the School of Mechanical Engineering in 2021. His Ph.D. program has contributed to the development of an advanced technique for drug delivery to the human sinuses using a tailored acoustic wave. In this research program, for the first time, he developed a high-fidelity direct computational aero-acoustic model to investigate the effect of the acoustic wave on drug delivery to the human maxillary sinuses, which shed new insight into the acoustic drug delivery technique. Hi studies showed that the acoustic drug delivery technique has the potential to increase drug delivery efficiency >45-fold when compared to the conventional nebulised drug delivery method.
Since 2021, Oveis has joined the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Adelaide Medical School, at the University of Adelaide as a research fellow and established a Biomedical Engineering Research Node to develop novel drug delivery methods/devices to improve treatment efficiency in human upper airway diseases. He is a chief investigator in several research grants totalling $2.07 million, to develop cutting-edge techniques/devices for drug delivery to sinuses.