Associate Professor Luke Grzeskowiak

PhD, B.Pharm (Hons), GCertClinEpid, Adv Prac Pharm, FSHP

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Research Biography

Dr Luke Grzeskowiak is an Associate Professor (Practitioner Fellow) at Flinders University where he leads the Reproductive and Perinatal Pharmacoepidemiology Research Group. He also holds a conjoint position at SAHMRI Women and Kids and is a Senior Pharmacist in Women’s and Newborn Health at Flinders Medical Centre. His research focuses on evaluating the use and effects of medicines and other substances related to women’s and children’s health. His overarching clinical and research ambitions are to improve the health of women and children through the development and promotion of safer, more effective and personalised approaches to pharmacotherapy. Core research themes of his group include:

- Understanding and influencing medicines use: Understanding and influencing key aspects related to medication utilisation in clinical practice to enhance decision-making, address evidence-practice gaps and improve research translation

- Enhancing medication safety: Enhancing our understanding of the immediate and long-term risks associated with medication use and creating safer systems to reduce medication related harms

- Improving pharmacotherapeutics: Developing and promoting more efficacious and personalised pharmacotherapy approaches for improving reproductive and perinatal health

He is a recognised national expert on medication use in pregnancy and lactation and serves as an expert reviewer for the Australian Therapeutic Guidelines. He has been invited to speak at more than 20 national and international conferences and is regularly involved in undergraduate and postgraduate education programs. He has a strong commitment to community engagement and inclusive research practices, partnering with a number of consumer organisations across a range of projects. His research is also supported by longstanding, productive collaborations with clinicians across hospital and primary health care settings. His research has been supported by $5.7 million in grant funding across 20 grants, including a NHMRC Early Career Fellowship. His research has led to publications in top-ranking journals such as PLOS Medicine, Medical Journal of Australia, European Research Journal, British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Human Reproduction. Research undertaken by his group has had a significant positive effect in influencing practice guidelines and clinical care at the local, national, and international level.

Supervised Students Successes

  • Nov 2016 Alaa Qassim - 2016 SHPA Student Research Award for Most Outstanding Research Project
  • Nov 2014 Lauren Nash - 2014 SHPA Student Research Award for Most Outstanding Research Project
  • Nov 2013 Rebecca Thompson - 2013 SHPA Student Research Award for Most Outstanding Research Project

Completed Supervisions

Principal Supervisions:
  • Pharmacy/Pharmacology (4)
Associate Supervisions:
  • Medicine (1)

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of South Australia

Award Date: 31 Dec 2012

Graduate Certificate, Clinical Epidemiology, University of Newcastle, Australia

Award Date: 31 Dec 2010

Bachelor of Pharmacy, University of South Australia

Award Date: 31 Dec 2006

External positions

Adjunct Research Fellow, Monash University

Oct 2020 → …

Conjoint Research Fellow, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute

Dec 2018 → …

Adjunct Research Fellow, University of Adelaide

Oct 2010 → …


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Research Areas

  • Medical biosciences

Supervisory Interests

  • Clinical pharmacology
  • Obstetrics and gynaecology, clinical
  • Neonatal
  • Perinatal epidemiology
  • Clinical epidemiology


  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Clinical Epidemiology
  • RG Gynecology and obstetrics
  • Women's Health
  • Contraception
  • Obstetrics
  • Perinatal Care
  • RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • RS Pharmacy and materia medica
  • Pharmacy Practice
  • RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
  • Neonatal Medicine


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