Iyer obtained his PhD. in Materials Science from Clemson University, South Carolina, USA. Following which he was awarded the presidents postdoctoral fellowship at Clarkson University, NY, USA in Biophysics where he developed the first Bio-Force AFM technology. Following his term in USA he relocated to UWA in 2006, where he now leads the WA BioNano Initiative. He has since then obtained 3 consecutive fellowships (ARC APD, QEII and Future Fellowship), total grant funding of > 17M, published over 150 papers, 5 international patents and formed a UWA- spin off company Eridan Technologies. His research group focuses on the use engineering innovative polymeric nanoformulations which are designed for the treatment of untreatable medical emergencies like traumatic brain injuries, traumatic burns injury, cardiovascular diseases, placental related disorders in pregnancy and cancers (breast, cervical, colorectal).