Tristan Clemons completed his PhD at UWA in 2014, applying nanoparticles to cancer treatments and central nervous system injuries.
Dr Clemons then started a NHMRC Peter Doherty Australian Biomedical Fellowship, working on nanomaterial applications in the treatment of burn injuries and scarring.
He said his research was helping improve delivery of therapeutics in cancer, burn treatments and central nervous injury spaces, work that had attracted significant research funding.
In 2013, he was named WA Student Scientist of the Year.
Dr Clemons has been a member of the Kookaburras since 2011, representing his country 49 times. This year he hopes to be selected in the Commonwealth Games and World Cup hockey squads.
Volunteering roles include patrols at Fremantle Surf Lifesaving Club.
Dr Clemons also started his own small fashion business, Get Flapped, with his wife in 2015, in the hope of bringing the legionnaires hat back into style.