Researcher

Dr Anna Wang

Keywords

Fields of Research (FoR)

Astrobiology, Soft Condensed Matter, Optical Physics

Biography

I am from Sydney and spent almost a decade overseas in Massachusetts, USA. My background encompasses physics and biochemistry, and enjoy working in interdisciplinary fields such as astrobiology, biophysics, and soft matter.

I did my undergraduate studies in Physics at The University of Sydney (2006-2009). After obtaining a MS (2013) and PhD in Applied Physics from Harvard University (2016), I was fortunate to be a NASA Postdoctoral Program...view more

I am from Sydney and spent almost a decade overseas in Massachusetts, USA. My background encompasses physics and biochemistry, and enjoy working in interdisciplinary fields such as astrobiology, biophysics, and soft matter.

I did my undergraduate studies in Physics at The University of Sydney (2006-2009). After obtaining a MS (2013) and PhD in Applied Physics from Harvard University (2016), I was fortunate to be a NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow in Astrobiology at Massachusetts General Hospital from 2016-2018. I then returned to Australia to start a group at UNSW Sydney.

For details on our lab's research, please see the lab website here: annawanglab.com


My Grants


My Qualifications

  • BSc(Adv H1M) - The University of Sydney (2009)
  • SM in Applied Physics - Harvard University (2013)
  • PhD in Applied Physics - Harvard University (2016)

My Research Activities

Our lab works at the intersection of physics, chemistry, materials science, to answer questions about soft matter. Soft matter is everything that deforms easily - cell membranes, cream, gels - because internally, the components are held together by weak bonds (on the order of kT).

Studying soft matter can not only give us insight into the science of the everyday, from personal care products in the bathroom to the microfoams in our cappucinos, but can also shed light on basic science like the principles behind self-assembly and how cell-based life started on Earth.

For further details please see our lab website:

https://www.annawanglab.com/

 

Research interests:

  • Self-assembly
  • Holographic microscopy
  • Lipid bilayer membranes
  • Biophysics
  • Optics
  • Soft matter
  • Origins of life
  • Holography
  • Microscopy
  • Astrobiology

My Research Supervision


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Currently supervising

I currently supervise HDR and Honours students, for details please see the lab website.


My Engagement

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My Teaching

I really enjoy relating material in the classroom to our experience of the natural world, and our experience of the every day. Science and chemistry are everywhere, and everyone can enjoy complex problem solving whether it be in the lab or in the board room.

I teach into CHEM2921 (Food Chemistry), CHEM3061 (Chemistry of Materials), and CDEV3000 (Practice of Work).

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Location

Science and Engineering Building (lab) and Hilmer Building (office)
UNSW Sydney
NSW 2052

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Contact

+61-2-9385-7928