Researcher

Dr Rona Chandrawati

My Expertise

  • Nanoparticle sensors
  • Biosensors
  • Early disease diagnosis
  • Food and health monitoring
  • Drug delivery
  • Biomaterials
  • Cell-material interactions
  • Bioconjugation and surface chemistry

Biography

Senior Lecturer, Scientia Fellow, and ARC DECRA Fellow

UNSW School of Chemical Engineering

 

Dr Rona Chandrawati graduated with a BSc (Biotechnology) from Monash University and obtained her PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from The University of Melbourne in 2012. She was then a Marie Curie Fellow at Imperial College London before returning to Australia in 2015 as a Lecturer at The University of Sydney. In 2018, she joined UNSW...view more

Senior Lecturer, Scientia Fellow, and ARC DECRA Fellow

UNSW School of Chemical Engineering

 

Dr Rona Chandrawati graduated with a BSc (Biotechnology) from Monash University and obtained her PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from The University of Melbourne in 2012. She was then a Marie Curie Fellow at Imperial College London before returning to Australia in 2015 as a Lecturer at The University of Sydney. In 2018, she joined UNSW School of Chemical Engineering as a Senior Lecturer and Scientia Fellow. 

 

  • PhD, The University of Melbourne, 2012
  • Marie Curie Fellow, Imperial College London, 2012-2015
  • Lecturer, The University of Sydney, 2015-2017
  • ARC DECRA Fellow, The University of Sydney and UNSW, 2017-2020
  • Senior Lecturer, UNSW, 2018-
  • Scientia Fellow, UNSW, 2018-
  • NHMRC Emerging Leader EL2 Fellow, UNSW, 2020-

 

She heads the Nanotechnology for Food and Medicine Laboratory and her research interests include:

 

  • colorimetric nanosensors for disease diagnosis, food safety and environmental monitoring
  • enzyme-like catalysts for drug (nitric oxide) delivery
  • bioengineering synthetic mimics of cells

 

Since 2012, she has successfully attracted over AUD 3.5M in competitive funding as a Lead Chief Investigator + AUD 5M in funding as a co-Chief Investigator. She published in high impact journals including Science, Advanced Materials, Advanced Science, Chem, Nano Letters, ACS Nano with >2000 citations.

 

Dr Chandrawati serves in the World Economic Forum Global Future Council in Biotechnology, World Economic Forum's Expert Network, and MIT Technology Review Global Panel.

 

Awards and Honors:

2020 Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigator

2020 NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellowship

2018 Outstanding Postgraduate Research Supervisor Award, UNSW

2018 World Economic Forum 40 Young Scientists Under 40

2018 World Economic Forum Global Future Council in Biotechnology

2018 Top 1% reviewers for Chemistry of Materials

2017 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Early Career Research, The University of Sydney

2017 Engineering Dean’s Research Award, The University of Sydney

2017 ARC DECRA Fellowship

2017 NSW Fresh Scientists

2017 30 Stars of Sunway, Jeffrey Cheah Foundation

2015 Elsevier Woman in Chemical Engineering Award

2015 Monash Engineering Women’s Leadership Award

2013 Young Persons’ Lecture Competition Finalist, IOM3

2012 Marie Curie Fellowship

2011 Young Scientist Research Prize Finalist, Royal Society of Victoria

2007 Monash University Dean’s List Fellowship Award

2007 Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) Award for Excellence in Chemistry

 

Grants:

2020-2025 NHMRC Emerging Leadership EL2 Fellowship APP1173428

2018-2023 ARC Training Centre for Innovative BioEngineering IC170100022 (co-CI)

2017-2020 ARC Linkage Project LP160100988 (co-CI)

2017-2020 ARC DECRA Fellowship DE170100068

 

Current HDR and Undergraduate Research Student Supervision:

1. Max Weston (PhD candidate, 2017 - present) - Visual monitoring of food spoilage using polymer nanosensors 

2. Tao Yang (PhD candidate, 2017 - present) - Metal oxide particles to promote wound healing

3. Federico Mazur (PhD candidate, 2017 - present) - Liposome sensors for early disease diagnosis

4. Yingzhu Zhou (PhD candidate, 2019 - present) - Nitric-oxide-releasing bionanomaterials

5. Yuan Gao (PhD candidate, 2019 - present) - ELISA for multicolor detection of disease biomarkers

6. Viet Tung Nguyen (PhD candidate, 2019 - present, joint supervisor: Dr M Lim)

7. Long Nguyen (PhD candidate, 2016 - present, primary supervisor: Prof F Dehghani)

8. Lara van Leeuwen (PhD candidate, 2019 - present, primary supervisors: Prof P Zetterlund/Prof M Knoth Tate)

9. Junwei Tang (MPhil candidate, 2018 - present) - Polymer sensors to detect disease biomarkers

10. Andy Wang (Undergraduate research student, 2019)

11. Sanna Deano (Undergraduate research student, 2019)

12. Aileen Lu (Undergraduate research student, 2019)

13. Larissa Reihberg-Laaksonen (Undergraduate research student, 2019 - 2020)

14. Alan Inprom (Undergraduate research student, 2019 - 2020)

15. Huy (Tom) Tran (Undergraduate research student, 2019 - 2020)

16. Ru Yi Tong (Undergraduate research student, Taste of Research Scholar, 2019)

 

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Teaching:

CHEN6703 Advanced Particle Systems Engineering (S2 2018, T2 2019)

CEIC4951, CEIC4952, CEIC4953 Research Thesis

CEIC9951, CEIC9952, CEIC9953 Advanced Research Thesis

 

To prospective students and postdoctoral fellows, please contact rona.chandrawati@unsw.edu.au for more info.

 

 

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Location

Room 418, Hilmer Building E10 (enter via SEB E8)

Contact

+61 2 9385 5132