Chunxia Zhao

Professor Chunxia Zhao

Professor

School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Professor Chun-Xia Zhao is a Professor 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.

In 2011, Prof. Zhao was awarded an ARC Discovery project along with the Australian Postdoctoral Fellow as the sole investigator. In 2014, she was awarded the prestigious Australian Research Council Future Fellow. Her research in bio-inspired nanotechnology and microfluidics has attracted more than $7 M research funding since 2011, including six Australian Research Council projects as the lead CI or sole CI, Node leader and Program Leader of ARC Centre of Excellence, two national prestigious fellowship (Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship and Australian Research Council Future Fellowship), and 13 UQ grants. In 2014, she worked with Prof. David Weitz (a pioneer in microfluidics) at Harvard University as Fellow of the School of Engineering and Applied Science. In 2016, her research excellence was recognised by the UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award. She has been appointed as member of the 2019 ARC College of Experts (2019-2021).

Prof. Zhao has contributed substantial high quality scientific papers in international top refereed journals such as Science Advances, Nature Comm, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, ACS Nano, Chemical Communications, Advanced Healthcare Materials, and so on. She has been focusing on innovative research, and has been active in patent application to transfer her research into practical applications, as evidenced by her six patents. One of her patents was licensed to an international company. She has built extensive collaborations with scientists at top universities such as Harvard University, Brown University, etc. She serves as the Editor-in-Chief, Editorial Board member for several journals.

Prof. Zhao leads a research team with a focus on the development of bioinspired micro/nanostructures for drug delivery and bioinspired devices (e.g. organs-on-a-chip models) for drug screening and evaluation. She has been focusing on innovative research as evidenced by her six patents. Prof Zhao’s research has attracted more than $7 M in research funding since 2011, including UQ Node Leader and Leader of Research Program 3 in an ARC Centre of Excellence (2020-2027), six Australian Research Council projects as the lead investigator, two national prestigious fellowship (Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship and Future Fellowship), UQ grants and industry projects. She has been recognised for scientific excellence with a 2016 UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award. She has been appointed as member of the 2019 Australian Research Council College of Experts (2019-2021). She has built extensive collaborations with scientists at top universities such as Harvard University, Cornell University, Brown University, etc. She also serves as the Editor-in-Chief, Editorial Board member for several journals.

Several PhD scholarships are available about T cell immunotherapy, mRNA therapeutics, polymer nanomedicine, lipid nanomedicines, novel biomolecule design for mineral particle separation. Please email chunxia.zhao@adelaide.edu.au with your CV, including a summary of academic qualifications, work and research experience, and publication list, to discuss opportunities.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2021 Professor University of Adelaide
    2021 - 2024 Honorary Professor University of Queensland
    2018 - 2021 Associate Professor and Group Leader The Universtiy of Queensland
    2015 - 2020 ARC Future Fellow and Group Leader The University of Queensland
    2014 - 2014 Fellow of the School of Engineering and Applied Science Harvard University
    2011 - 2014 ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellow The University of Queensland
    2008 - 2010 Postdoctoral Researcher University of Queensland
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    Chinese (Mandarin) Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2015 - 2016 University of Queensland Australia Graduate Certificate in Higher Education
    2004 - 2007 Zhejiang University China PhD degree
  • Research Interests

Grants

Prof. Zhao's research has attracted more than $7M since 2011.

 

ARC funding

2021-2023

Chun-Xia Zhao, ARC Discovery project, DP210103079. Mechanical modulation of particle-cell interactions.

2020-2022

Chun-Xia Zhao, ARC Discovery project DP200101238. Precision-engineered hybrid core-shell materials.

2020-2026

ARC Centre of Excellence for Enabling Eco-Efficient Beneficiation of Minerals $35 M for 7 years. (Node Director, Leader of the Research Program 3)

2015-2019

Chun-Xia Zhao. ARC Future Fellowship FT140100726. Platform technologies for multifunctional nanocarrier systems

2015-2018

Chun-Xia Zhao, Anton Middelberg, Zhengzhong Shao (PI). ARC Discovery Project DP150100798. Next generation core-shell materials based on biomolecular dual-templating. 

2015-2018

Chun-Xia Zhao, Prof. Nikolai Petrovsky (PI). ARC Linkage Project LP140100424. Engineering improved technology for nanoparticle-based adjuvant manufacture. (Research partner: Vaxine, Pty Ltd ) 

2011-2014

Chun-Xia Zhao, ARC Discovery Project DP110100394 (along with the awarding of APD). Engineered nanoporous materials and composites having hierarchical structures by emulsion templating. 

 

Industry funding

2019–2022

Chun-Xia Zhao. Bioproton Pty Ltd. Engineering encapsulation technology for animal feed manufacture

2019-2020

Chun-Xia Zhao. UniQuest Pathfinder project.

 

 

UQ funding

2017

Chun-Xia Zhao. UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award. Tumour-on-a-chip – next generation in vitro model for accelerating the translation of nanomedicines.

2018

UQ Major Equipment and Infrastructure. Imaging in the nano-scale age: terahertz and millimetre wave microanalysis

2017

UQ Major Equipment and Infrastructure. Laser Scanning Microscopy facility Upgrade

2016-2017

UQ Collaboration and Industry Engagement Fund. Platform technologies for next generation single dose vaccine delivery.

2016

UQ Major Equipment and Infrastructure, Exosome and Bio/Nanoparticle Characterisation Facility

2015-2016

UQ Advancing Women Researchers Grants.

2012

UQ Early Career Research Grants. pH-responsive core-shell mesoporous silica nanocomposites for bioimaging and targeted drug delivery.

2011

UQ New Staff Research Start-up Fund. Biomimetic synthesis of inorganic nanoparticles using microfluidic crystals.

7/2017 – 12/2020

CHEE3007 Process Modelling & Dynamics, University of Queensland

9/2015 – 12/2016

ENGG7701 Engineering Grand Challenges, a core subject of the new 5-year integrated BE/ME program, University of Queensland

7/2013 – 12/2016

CHIN7666 Translation and Interpreting for Science, Engineering and Technology, at the School of Languages & Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Queensland

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  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2014 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Bio-inspired silica nanocapsules for understanding in vitro and in vivo nano-bio interactions The University of Queensland Doctorate Yue Hui
    2014 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Microfluidic synthesis of biodegradable polymeric nanoparticles for drug delivery The University of Queensland Doctorate Thejus Baby
    2013 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Development of Sustained-Release Subunit Nanovaccines Against Anaplasma marginale The University of Queensland Doctorate Liang Zhao
    2011 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Bio-inspired oil-core silica-shell nanocapsules for controlled-release applications The University of Queensland Doctorate David Wibowo
  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 83137432
  • Email: chunxia.zhao@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Engineering North, floor 1
  • Room: N1 06
  • Org Unit: School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials

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