The University of Queensland
Country of residence: Australia
Contact me for
- Sitting on boards or committees
- Providing an expert opinion
- Outreach activities
- Conference presenting
- Opportunities to collaborate
I am the Group Leader of Bio-inspired Materials research at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology. My pioneering research uses a nanocellulose platform technology to develop innovative materials for diverse applications, including biodegradable packaging materials, protective medical textiles, and bioelectronics. The application of nanocellulose for advanced materials is gaining interest internationally, and my vision is to capitalise on this momentum to spearhead research into new sustainable products that will have global impacts.
I am dedicated to inspiring the next generation of scientists through supervision and mentorship, outreach activities such as QLD Flying Scientist and media coverage, working closely with Indigenous Australians and constantly developing my cultural competency, and engagement in committees such as Gender Equity and UQ Ally to promote equality and change.
In recognition of my contribution to the field of nanomaterials engineering and research excellence I have received a number of awards including; The Eight Australian Women Who Are Shaking up the World Of Science (Marie Claire, 2020), one of Australia’s Top 5 Scientists (ABC/UNSW, 2018), Queensland Women in STEM Prize- judges choice award (2017), Women in Technology Life Sciences and/or Infotech Rising Star Award (2016), AIBN Research Excellence Award (2016), a Class of 2014 Future Leader award and Best poster prize at the Australian Nanotechnology Network ECR Entrepreneurship workshop(2015).