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

Scientia Fellow, Senior Lecturer, and ARC DECRA Fellow

UNSW School of Chemical Engineering

 

Dr Rona Chandrawati graduated with a BSc (Biotechnology) from Monash University and obtained her PhD from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at 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 2017,...view more

Scientia Fellow, Senior Lecturer, and ARC DECRA Fellow

UNSW School of Chemical Engineering

 

Dr Rona Chandrawati graduated with a BSc (Biotechnology) from Monash University and obtained her PhD from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at 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 2017, she commenced her ARC DECRA Fellowship and in 2018, she joined the School of Chemical Engineering at UNSW Sydney as a Scientia Fellow - Senior Lecturer. 

 

She heads the Nanotechnology for Food and Medicine Laboratory, and her research group focuses on fundamental science, translational research, and product development for monitoring, improving, and maintaining health. Her research interests include:

  • developing enzyme-like catalysts for drug delivery
  • designing polymeric- and lipid-based nanomaterials for sensors in food safety and health monitoring
  • bioengineering synthetic mimics of cells

 

Since 2012, she has successfully attracted over AUD 2M 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 >1800 citations.

 

Dr Chandrawati is an Academic Editor for PLOS One and serves in the World Economic Forum Global Future Council in Biotechnology and World Economic Forum's Expert Network. 

 

Awards and Honors:

2018 Outstanding Postgraduate Research Supervisor Award, UNSW

2018 World Economic Forum 50 Young Scientists Under 40

2018 World Economic Forum Global Future Council in Biotechnology

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:

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

2017-2020 ARC DECRA Fellowship DE170100068

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

2016 The University of Sydney Early Career Researcher Grant

2016 The University of Sydney Major Equipment Grant

2016 NHMRC Equipment Grant (co-CI)

2016 Bosch Institute Equipment Grant (co-CI)

2012 Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship

 

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) - Inorganic particles to promote wound healing

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

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

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

6. Lara van Leeuwen (PhD candidate, 2019 - present, primary supervisor: Prof P Zetterlund)

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

8. Tom Tran (Taste of Research scholar, 2018 - 2019)

9. Mohamad Naim Amir Khairul Amar (Undergraduate research student, 2018 - 2019)

10. Andy Wang (Undergraduate research student, 2019)

11. Sanna Deano (Undergraduate research student, 2019)

12. Aileen Lu (Undergraduate research student, 2019)

 

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Teaching:

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

CEIC4002, CEIC4003 Thesis A and B

CEIC9002, CEIC9003 Advanced Thesis A and B

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 408, Chemical Sciences Building F10

Contact

+61 2 9385 5132