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n the last five years, Professor Trau has initiated and led several large international programs that involve close collaboration between leading nanotechnologists, molecular biologists, geneticists and commercial researchers - with the goal of creating cutting edge diagnostics.

Professor Matt Trau is currently a Professor of Chemistry at The University of Queensland; and is also Deputy Director and co-founder of the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology. Since graduating from the University of Sydney (BSc Hons I, University Medal) and the University of Melbourne (PhD in Physical Chemistry, 1993), he has held positions in industry and academia across the globe. These include a Fulbright Research Fellowship at Princeton University, USA; and a research scientist at Dow Chemical and ICI Pty Ltd. Professor Trau has been a Visiting Professor at two of the largest Cancer Research Centres in the world: The Dana Farber Cancer Research Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston (2000); and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre, Seattle (2008). Professor Trau is internationally recognised for his innovative and cross-disciplinary research at the interface between chemistry, nanotechnology, biology and medicine. He has co-authored more than 170 refereed publications, many of which appear in the highest impact journals in his field, e.g., two Nature and two Science publications. His major awards and honours include an ARC Federation Fellowship (one of the most prestigious scientific fellowships in Australia), a Fulbright Research Fellowship to the USA; a Queensland Young Tall Poppy Award; a UQ Foundation/Vice Chancellor's Research Excellence Award; a Paul Harris Fellowship; and a Pink Circle Award for breast cancer research excellence.

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Since 2003, Professor Trau has presented more than 100 invited plenary/keynote lectures at major international conferences spanning the disciplines of Chemistry, Nanotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Cancer and Diagnostics. Recent examples include: The 46th World Chemistry Congress (IUPAC 2017), San Paolo, Brazil, July 2017; the 8th Advanced Materials & Nanotechnology Conference (ANM8), Queenstown, Feb 2017; the 6th International NanoBio Conference, (Nanjing) 2016; the 4th Asia Pacific Breast Cancer Summit (Brisbane) 2015; Monash University Platinum Seminar (Melbourne), Oct 2014; American Association of Clinical Chemistry Annual Conference (San Jose) April 2014; the 4th International NanoBio Conference, (Seattle) 2012; the 14th International Colloid & Surface Science Conference, (Japan) 2012. In the past ten years, Professor Trau has played the role of conference convenor, chair, co-chair and symposium chair for 10 major international conferences. Recent examples include: immediate past chair of the 1st International Conference on BioNano Innovation, (Brisbane) 2012; co-chair of the 5th International NanoBio Conference, (Brisbane) July 2014; co-chair of the 6th International NanoBio Conference, (Nanjing) October 2016.


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    Professor, The University of Queensland