I am a Scientia Senior Lecturer and an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Fellow (ECF) at the School of Materials Science and Engineering, The University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. I completed my Ph.D. in 2015 from the University of Adelaide with a Doctoral Thesis Medal and Dean’s Commendation Letter. After that, I spent two years at the University of California-San Diego (UCSD) as a postdoc in Prof. M. J. Sailor’s lab. In 2017, I returned to Australia to the School of Pharmacy, University of Queensland (UQ) as UQ Development Fellow and transitioned to my NHMRC ECF soon after as an independent researcher leader. I have received research grants of ~ AU$3.5 million (AU$1.4 M as Lead Investigator) from various competitive sources. My research expertise lies in porous materials and their composite for biomedical applications with a focus on:
- Porous materials-based drug delivery systems for efficient and targeted delivery.
- Porous materials/Polymer composite scaffolds and implants for tissue engineering
- Porous photonic crystals-based point-of-care sensors for diagnostics and environmental applications.