Dr Rona Chandrawati is a Scientia Senior Lecturer and NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow at 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 Scientia Senior Lecturer. She completed an Executive Leadership Program at the University of Oxford in 2020.

    She heads the Nanotechnology for Food and Medicine Laboratory and her research interests include: 1) colorimetric nanosensors for disease diagnosis, food safety and environmental monitoring; 2) enzyme-like catalysts for drug (nitric oxide) delivery; 3) 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, Angewandte Chemie, Nano Letters, ACS Nano with >2500 citations.

    Dr Chandrawati is the Vice President of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Australia research. She serves in the World Economic Forum Global Future Council in Biotechnology, World Economic Forum’s Expert Network, and MIT Technology Review Global Panel.




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