Past Visiting Professors

2017 Visiting Professor – Wolfgang Parak, Philipps-University of Marburg, Germany

Professor Wolfgang Parak is the Professor of Experimental Physics at the Philipps-University of Marburg, Germany and head of the Biofunctional Nanomaterials Unit at CIC biomaGUNE, San Sebastian, Spain, He has significantly contributed to the development of new surface chemistries of inorganic nanoparticles and towards the characterization of their physicochemical properties. In particular, the development of an amphiphilic polymer coating is nowadays used by many different groups worldwide.


During his visit to Australia, Professor Parak visited labs and gave talks:

  • 28 June 2017, University of Adelaide, departmental seminar and meet and greet with CNS CIs, Postdocs and PhD students
  • 29 June 2017, Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, departmental seminar and meet and greet with CBNS CIs, Postdocs and PhD students
  • 29 June 2017, University of Melbourne, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Talk
  • 30 June 2017, University of Technology, Sydney; Talk
  • 30 June 2017, University of New South Wales, meet and greet with CBNS ECRs and PhD students; Talk
  • 3 – 5 July 2017, International Nanomedicine Conference, Sydney
    Plenary talk:  Influence of physicochemical properties of particles on their ability for active targeting


2016 Visiting Professor – Vince Rotello, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Professor Vince Rotello is the Charles A. Goessmann Professor of Chemistry Professor of Chemistry at UMass Amherst. His research program focuses on using synthetic organic chemistry to engineer the interface between hard and soft materials and spans the areas of devices, polymers, and nanotechnology/bionanotechnology, with over 460 peer-reviewed papers published to date. He is actively involved in the development of new nanomanufacturing methods and in the area of bionanotechnology.
His research includes programs in delivery, imaging, diagnostics and nanotoxicology.


During his visit to Australia Professor Rotello visited labs and gave seminars:

  • 27-19 June 2016, International Nanomedicine Conference, Sydney
    Plenary talk: Interfacing Nanomaterials with Biology: Applications in Therapeutics and Diagnostics
  • 30 June 2016, UNSW School of Chemistry, departmental seminar
  • 4-5 July 2016, PolymerVic 2016 workshop speaker
  • 6 July 2016, UniSA Future Industries Institute seminar
  • 8 July 2016, University of Queensland, departmental seminar
  • 19 July 2016, University of Auckland, departmental seminar


2015 Visiting Professor – Leaf Huang, University of North Carolina

Professor Leaf Huang is a biophysicist at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina. Work in his Laboratory of Drug Targeting focuses on liposomes and immunoliposomes for drug delivery, with current research in siRNA therapy, and receptor mediated drug and vaccine targeting using self-assembled nanoparticles.


During his visit to Australia Professor Huang visited labs and gave seminars:

  • 6-8 July 2015, International Nanomedicine Conference, Sydney
    Plenary talk: Lipid-Stabilized Calcium Phosphate Nanoparticles for Gene and Drug Delivery
  • 9 July 2015, Children’s Cancer Centre Australia
  • 13 July 2015, University of Queensland
  • 16 July 2015, Monash Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences


2014 Visiting Professor – Mark Davis, Caltech

2014’s Visiting Professor, Mark E. Davis from Caltech, was co-hosted with the Australian Centre for Nanomedicine.
Professor Davis is actively involved in the creation, development and translation of nanoparticle delivery systems for gene silencing and drug delivery in humans. He is the senior author of a Nature paper describing the first example of RNA interference in humans as part of a first-in-human clinical trial of siRNA delivery via targeted nanoparticles for cancer (Nature 2010, 464, 1067).



During his visit to Australia Professor Davis visited labs and gave seminars:

  • 30 June – 2 July 2014, International Nanomedicine Conference, Sydney
    Plenary talk: Nanoparticle Cancer Therapeutics: From Concept to Clinic
  • 7 July 2014, Australian Centre for Nanomedicine
  • 17 July 2014, Monash Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • 17 July 2014, Nanostructured Interfaces and Materials Science Group, University of Melbourne