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Personal profile


After 10 years working in a cutting-edge research environment, Anna has evolved as a multidisciplinary scientist with a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary approach and strong entrepreneurial spirit.

As an NHMRC Early Career Fellow at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology, Anna is working in the design of three-dimensional nanoarchitectures of bioresponsive nanoparticles, containing drugs and bioactives for a range of therapeutic targets including cancer. Her interdisciplinary research is largely focused on the understanding of the biointerface of advanced bio and nano-materials for the application in the emerging field of theranostics. 

She completed her PhD in Bioengineering at IQS School of Engineering - Ramon Llull University (Barcelona, Spain), including a year stint at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (US) and at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, University of Queensland (Australia). She is a chemist by training.

Research interests

Anna's interdisciplinary research is largely focused on the understanding of the physiological and physicochemical principles that govern the interaction of biological systems with key nanoparticle-based formulations and smart biomaterials. Her interest in nanomedicine has a strong translational character at the interface of materials science, nanotechnology and cell biology.

Research area keywords

  • Nanomedicine
  • Nanomaterials
  • Bionanotechnology
  • Biomaterials
  • Cell culture
  • Nanoporous Materials
  • Nanoresearch
  • In vitro model systems
  • Cancer therapeutics
  • Hyperthermia
  • Gold nanomaterials
  • Drug delivery

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Research Output

Targeted camptothecin delivery via silicon nanoparticles reduces breast cancer metastasis

Landgraf, M., Lahr, C. A., Shafiee, A., Sanchez-Herrero, A., Ravichandran, A., Howard, C. B., Cifuentes-Rius, A., McGovern, J. A., Voelcker, N. H. & Hutmacher, D. W., May 2020, In : Biomaterials. 240, 14 p., 119791.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Advances in Porous Silicon–Based Nanomaterials for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Applications

Tieu, T., Alba Martin, M., Elnathan, R., Cifuentes-Rius, A. & Voelcker, N. H., Jan 2019, In : Advanced Therapeutics. 2, 1, 25 p., 1800095.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Maximizing RNA Loading for Gene Silencing Using Porous Silicon Nanoparticles

Tieu, T., Dhawan, S., Haridas, V., Butler, L. M., Thissen, H., Cifuentes-Rius, A. & Voelcker, N. H., 5 Jun 2019, In : ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. 11, 26, p. 22993-23005 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Precision nanomedicines for prostate cancer

Cifuentes-Rius, A., Butler, L. M. & Voelcker, N. H., 1 Apr 2018, In : Nanomedicine. 13, 8, p. 803-807 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-review

Open Access
2 Citations (Scopus)

Stable White Light-Emitting Biocomposite Films

Gotta, J., Shalom, T. B., Aslanoglou, S., Cifuentes-Rius, A., Voelcker, N. H., Elnathan, R., Shoseyov, O. & Richter, S., 13 Jun 2018, In : Advanced Functional Materials. 28, 24, 9 p., 1706967.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

11 Citations (Scopus)


Extraordinary Doctoral Award

Cifuentes Rius, Anna (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Honorary degree

Press / Media

Smarter Anti-Clotting Tools

Anna Cifuentes Rius


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment