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Anton Middelberg

Deputy Director of The Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, The University of Queensland

Professor Anton Middelberg is the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) at the University of Queensland, where he leads the University-wide research portfolio. He obtained his Bachelor (1989) and PhD (1993) degrees from the University of Adelaide and his Master of Arts from Cambridge (2001). After appointment as the youngest lecturer in Engineering at Adelaide University, and a Fulbright Fellowship at UC Berkeley, he accepted a position at Cambridge University where he was rapidly tenured and promoted twice against quota to become the Reader in Biological Engineering. In this role he reported directly to The University’s General Board and was a member of the Governing Body of Selwyn College and a Fellow of the Cambridge-MIT Institute.

In 2003 he returned to Australia as a Federation Fellow of the Australian Research Council to progress his research into bio-inspired nanotechnology. His research into virus-like particle and nanoemulsion self-assembly has attracted more than $10M in research funding since 2003, including from the ARC, NHMRC and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Professor Middelberg was awarded the 2010 Queensland Premier’s Fellowship (one per annum statewide) within the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology at UQ to progress his research into low-cost rapid-response nanovaccine manufacture. He has been named by Engineers Australia as one of the 100 most influential engineers in Australia, and has received a number of awards including the Brodie and Shedden-Uhde medals of the Institution of Engineers Australia.

Professor Middelberg has published more than 170 refereed papers at the interface between biology and engineering, and serves in a number of editorial roles including as Editor-in-Chief of Chemical Engineering Science and as Associate Editor of Vaccine.