Dr Zachary Houston
Research Fellow
University of Queensland


Zach obtained his PhD in Chemistry from the International Institute for Nano and Molecular Medicine at the University of Missouri in 2014 under the supervision of Professor M. Frederick Hawthorne. He joined the Centre for Advanced Imaging and the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology at the University of Queensland as a Postdoctoral Fellow in CBNS CI Professor Kristofer Thurecht’s lab in 2014, and has applied his expertise in organic chemistry and synthetic design to develop novel nanomaterials towards the assessment and treatment of disease states using molecular imaging.  Through the combination of bioorthogonal and responsive systems with a range of multimodal in vivo imaging techniques, Zach’s main research aims have been focused on understanding how nanomaterials interact with biological environments and how that information can be used to enhance the efficiency of those nanomaterials. Zach is also the Senior ECR Leader in the CBNS “Challenges of in vivo targeting” significant research project, a founder of the annual CBNS Animal Imaging Workshop.