About Us

Our vision is to be at the cutting edge and be leaders in the bioinspired nanomaterials, bioengineering and microfluidics development for critical precision nanomedicine and industry relevant applications.

Lead researcher

Professor Chun-Xia Zhao

Professor Chun-Xia Zhao

Professor Chun-Xia Zhao

Professor Chun-Xia Zhao is a Professor and a NHMRC Leadership Fellow (2022-2026) in the School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials at University of Adelaide, and a Honorary Professor at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, The University of Queensland.

She leads a research group focusing on bioinspired engineering, biomimetic nanomaterials and microfluidics for drug delivery and controlled release. Before joining UofA in July 2021, She was a Group leader and an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow at Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN), The University of Queensland (UQ).

She joined AIBN, UQ in early 2008 as a Postdoctoral Fellow after obtained her PhD degree in Zhejiang University.

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Current grants

  • ARC Discovery Project - Mechanical modulation of particle-cell interactions (2022-2024)
  • ARC Discovery Project - Precision-engineered hybrid core-shell materials (2020-2023)
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Enabling Eco-Efficient Beneficiation of Minerals (2020- 2027)
  • NHMRC Leadership Fellow Project - Novel nanotechnology strategies towards a new paradigm of precision nanomedicine
  • CRC-P grant - mRNA manufacturing and formulation service for late stage clinical trials (2022- 2025) In collaboration with BioCina and Cytiva
  • Industry Project - Engineering encapsulation technology for animal feed manufacture (2019–2023) - funded by Bioproton Pty Ltd
  • DIGI+ FAME STRATEGY - Fighting cancer with space biology