Dr Rona Chandrawati graduated with a BSc (Biotechnology) from Monash University and obtained her PhD from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at 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 Senior Lecturer and Scientia Fellow.
- PhD, The University of Melbourne, 2012
- Marie Curie Fellow, Imperial College London, 2012-2015
- Lecturer, The University of Sydney, 2015-2017
- ARC DECRA Fellow, The University of Sydney and UNSW, 2017-2020
- Senior Lecturer, UNSW, 2018-
- Scientia Fellow, UNSW, 2018-
She heads the Nanotechnology for Food and Medicine Laboratory and her research interests include:
- colorimetric nanosensors for disease diagnosis, food safety and environmental monitoring
- enzyme-like catalysts for drug delivery
- bioengineering synthetic mimics of cells
Since 2012, she has successfully attracted over AUD 2M 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, Nano Letters, ACS Nano with >1900 citations.
Dr Chandrawati is an Academic Editor for PLOS One and serves in the World Economic Forum Global Future Council in Biotechnology and World Economic Forum’s Expert Network.