Research Focus

The Zhao Group, led by Group Leader Associate Professor Chunxia Zhao, focusses on the discovery and development of new knowledge and new approaches for making bio-inspired functional micro/nano materials based on biomimetic engineering and microfluidic technology for drug delivery and controlled release.

The Group has developed facile and scalable methods for producing libraries of multifunctional materials (liposomes, polymeric nanoparticles and core-shell nanomaterials) for drug delivery and controlled release, and has been developing tumour-on-a-chip and organs-on-a-chip to evaluate these systems with the ultimate goal of accelerating their clinical translation. The Group has also been working with industry partners and collaborators to translate their patented technologies into commercial applications

Researchers


Students


2017

Chun-Xia Zhao. UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award.

2017–2019

Nikolai Petrovsky, Gerald Chan, Carolyn Stevens, Jamie Triccas, Dr Jill Carr, Renato Morona, Chun-Xia Zhao, Sanjay Garg, Ken Beagley, Chris Weir, Dimitar Sajkov, Denise Doolan. MTPConnect (MedTech and Pharma Growth Centre) funding.

2017

UQ Major Equipment and Infrastructure.

2016–2017

Chun-Xia Zhao, Anton Middelberg. UQ Collaboration and Industry Engagement Fund.

2016

UQ Major Equipment and Infrastructure.

2015–2018

Chun-Xia Zhao. Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship.

2015–2018

Chun-Xia Zhao, Prof. Nikolai Petrovsky. ARC Linkage Project. (Research partner: Vaxine Pty Ltd)

2015–2017

Chun-Xia Zhao, Anton Middelberg, Zhengzhong Shao. ARC Discovery Project.

2015–2016

Chun-Xia Zhao. UQ Advancing Women Researchers Grants.

2011–2014

Chun-Xia Zhao. ARC Discovery Project (along with the awarding of APD).

2012

Chun-Xia Zhao. UQ Early Career Research Grants. ($26,000)

2011

Chun-Xia Zhao. UQ New Staff Research Start-up Fund.