Areas of Expertise: Synthetic Polymer Chemistry, Nanomaterials, Preclinical Imaging
Research Area: My research focuses on using controlled radical polymerisation techniques to synthesise and characterise well defined polymeric materials. I am focused on developing materials for applications in anti-biofouling coatings, nanomedicines and molecular imaging agents.
2017-Present – Lecturer: Queensland University of Technology
2015-2017 – Associate Lecturer: Queensland University of Technology
2014-2015 – Preclinical Imaging Facility Manager, Translational Research Institute
2011-2015 – PhD in Chemistry: University of Queensland
2007-2010 – Bachelor of Science with 1st Class Honours: University of Queensland
Dr. Jing Zhang joined the group as a postdoctoral research fellow in 2018. She obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from the Beijing University of Chemical Technology in 2006 and 2009, respectively. Then, she studied at the École Centrale Paris and obtained her PhD in Materials Science in 2012. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Materials Science of Mulhouse, CNRS (France) in 2014. Then, she moved to Australia and worked as a Research Assistant at the University of New South Wales in 2015. Her research interests include photopolymerisation of biomaterials, polymer nanocomposites and the development of novel photoinitiators under visible light.
Dr Craig Bell is a NHMRC CJ Martin Early Career Fellow with AIBN and UQ’s Centre for Advanced Imaging. Since obtaining his PhD in 2011, he has been the recipient of two international fellowships, a prestigious Newton International Fellowship (2013-2014) funded by the Royal Society, and the NHMRC CJ Martin Early Career Fellowship (2014-present). He has contributed scientific articles to various leading journals in his field, and is the co-inventor on two patents. His current research focus is on the development of degradable polymer devices for imaging and tracking of disease and cellular processes by using a tool-kit of controlled polymerisation techniques along with polymer and molecular coupling methodologies. The incorporation of degradable moieties into these constructs not only allows for enzymatic and hydrolytic degradation for complete body clearance of these constructs but also allows for tracking of these devices in vivo upon degradation to help elucidate cellular processes.
Ruirui joined the CBNS in 2017. Originally from Beijing, China, she works with Professor Tom Davis.
Her work combines the techniques of polymer chemistry, inorganic chemistry, material science (specifically nanomaterials), biology and computer science to develop and validate new technologies in molecular imaging using nanoprobes which can act as a diagnostic and prognostic marker for a variety of morbidities (e.g. tumour and cardiovascular disease).
Ruirui comes from the Institute of Chemistry, at the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS), where she was an Associate Professor. She initially graduated from Peking University and got her PhD from CAS.