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Simon completed his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering and PhD in physical chemistry at the University of Queensland, before undertaking postdoctoral studies at the HPV Research Laboratory at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA. He completed an ARC DECRA Fellowship in Prof. Mark Kendall's group at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology at The University of Queensland. Simon is a chief investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent BioNano Science and Technology. His research interests lie in developing nanoparticles and related biomaterials for applications in biosensing, bioassays and medical devices.

Simon joined the Chemical Engineering Department as a Senior Lecturer in February 2016. We are currently recruiting students to undertake Hons/MPhil/PhD projects within the new Nanosensor Engineering Lab, and as part of the ARC Centre.

In 2020, Simon joined the Monash Centre to Impact AMR as a member of the Research Strategy working group.

For more information on projects, and to apply, please see the group website.

Research interests

My research interest is focused on developing biosensors and bioassays for monitoring disease biomarkers in real biological environments. The Nanosensor Engineering Lab works on the design, synthesis, characterisation and testing of both synthetic nanoparticle scaffolds (e.g. organosilica materials), biological scaffolds (e.g. cells and proteins), and novel biological reporters (e.g. antibody fragments). This requires an interdisciplinary approach, combining aspects of materials science, chemistry, and molecular biology to create our materials. We then collaborate with Australian and international colleagues to test our materials in pre-clinical animal models or clinical trials with the ultimate aim of translation into diagnostic products

For more information please see our group website: www.nanosensor-eng.net

Supervision interests

One of the best things about being an academic is working with a range of students on different projects. RHD students face a number of challenges in the course of their projects, and I enjoy trying new approaches to keep them motivated, up-to-date, and to feel part of the wider scientific community.

Monash teaching commitment

CHE2163 - Heat and Mass Transfer (Unit Co-ordinator and Lecturer)

CHE2162 - Mass and Energy Balances (Unit Co-ordinator and Lecturer)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

Chief Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology, University of Queensland

Research area keywords

  • Biosensors
  • nanosensors
  • engineered proteins
  • nanoparticles

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