CBNS Visiting Professor

Each year the CBNS hosts a prominent overseas professor to Australia to promote bio-nanoscience and to give presentations to researchers and the public at our nodes. The CBNS Visiting Professor is a plenary speaker at the International Nanomedicine Conference in Sydney. This annual event is co-hosted by the CBNS and the Australian Centre for Nanomedicine.

The Visiting Professor participates as a member of the CBNS Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). Each year the visiting professor brings his or her varied and unique expertise to the SAB, which meets during the Nanomedicine Conference.

Below is information about current and past CBNS Visiting Professors and the activities they undertook whilst in Australia.

  • 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:

  • 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
    • 2pm 17 July 2014, Nanostructured Interfaces and Materials Science Group, University of Melbourne