Shehzahdi Shebbrin MoonshiResearch Fellow Project: Development of theranostic nanomaterials for cardiovascular and cancerous diseases Originally, from Singapore, Shebbrin has completed her undergrad (Griffith University) and PhD (University of Queensland, UQ) in Brisbane under the supervision of Professor Andrew Whittaker. She completed her PhD at UQ’s AIBN where her research was focused on the in vivo tracking of human placenta derived- mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) using 19F MRI and optical imaging. Shebbrin had five years of experience as a Senior Research Officer in Singapore Bioimaging Consortium, A*star, in a Translational Molecular Imaging Group and Translational Imaging Industrial Laboratory working with PET and MRI imaging in various disease models. Yuao WuPhD Student (2017-2020) Principal supervisor: Hang Ta Associate supervisors: Run Zhang, Andrew Whittaker Project: Cerium-iron oxide based nanomaterials for theranostics of ROS-related and inflammatory diseases Mr. Wu received his Master degree (biotechnology) in the University of Queensland in 2016 and bachelor degree in the Griffith University (Molecular Biology) and Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine (Biopharmaceutical) in 2015. His current project is novel nanobiotechnology approach for diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Karla PradaPhD Student (2018-2021) Principal supervisor: Hang Ta Associate supervisors: Gordon Xu, Peter Little Project: Activatable Nanomaterials for Advanced Theranostics of Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer Motivated biologist with strong interest in using nanotechnology to understand and overcome the leading causes of death and morbidity worldwide. Experienced in cardiovascular diseases, cancer biology, inflammation, and drug delivery. Passionate about learning and developing new scientific skills. If you don’t find me in the lab, I am probably spending time with my family and eating tacos. Hossein AdelniaPhD Student (2018-2022) Principal supervisor: Hang Ta Associate supervisors: Idriss Blakey, Peter Little Project: Novel polymeric nanomaterials for treatment of vascular calcification Hossein’s research is on the targeted treatment of vascular calcification. In his project, he is synthesizing drug-polymer conjugates, and prepare particles for targeted delivery. He holds a master’s degree in Polymer Engineering (Nano-Polymer) from Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic), Tehran, Iran. He, in his master and after his graduation, has worked on various areas of polymer science, including emulsion/dispersion polymerization, composites, hydrogels, polymer gas membranes, etc. Fahima AktherPhD Student (2019-2022) Principal supervisor: Hang Ta Associate supervisors: Nam-Trung Nguyen, Peter Little, Zhiyong Li Project: Development of microfluidics models of cardiovascular diseases Fahima Akther has completed her master’s in biomedical engineering from Chonnam National University, South Korea and completed her Bachelor of Pharmacy from University of Development Alternative (UODA), Bangladesh. Her PhD project focuses on the development of site-specific microfluidics model for atherothrombosis and atherosclerotic plaque. The project aims to develop chips that mimics the biological processes of cardiovascular diseases, which allows testing new therapies freely on “subjects” without harming any living creatures and lessen the need for animal testing. Huong Diem Nguyen TranPhD Student (2019-2022) Principal supervisor: Hang Ta Associate supervisors: Peter Little Project: Innovative hemostatic materials for emergency treatment of bleeding Strong background in polymer synthesis, biomaterials, nanomaterials, and drug delivery systems. Experience with the design, fabrication, testing and evaluation in vitro of biomaterials, nanomaterials, nanocomposite, controlled release systems, stimuli-responsive systems, and multi-functionalized systems for cancer treatment. Current research direction is innovative hemostatic materials for emergency treatment of internal and external bleeding Najma FithriPhD Student (2019-2022) Principal supervisor: Nghia Truong Associate supervisors: Hang Ta, Karlheinz Peter, Xiaowei Wang Project: Novel methods for detection and treatment of atherothrombosis Najma obtained her Bachelor of Pharmacy and Master of Pharmaceutical Science degree from Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia and works as a lecturer in Sriwijaya University, Indonesia. Her previous research explored the science of polymeric drug delivery for inflammation therapy and focuses on pharmaceutical formulation technology. Arpana Gopi PanickerPhD Student (2019-2022) Principal supervisor: Prasad Yarlagadda Associate supervisors: Zhiyong Li, Hang Ta Project: Development of in vitro models of atherosclerosis Ying ZhouPhD Student (2018-2021) Principal supervisor: Peter Little Associate supervisors: Danielle Kamato, Hang Ta Project: The link between Nox/ROS, ageing, atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease involves pathophysiological regulation of GAG hyperelongation on the lipid-binding proteoglycan, biglycan Graduated from China Pharmaceutical University in 2016 majoring in pharmaceutical analysis. Research work was about the using of the self-assembled peptide in sustained drug delivery. Current work is about the signalling pathway of lysophosphatidic acid in human smooth muscle cells. Yaw Opoku-DamoahPhD Student (2018-2021) Principal supervisor: Gordon Xu Associate supervisors: Run Zhang, Hang Ta Project: Lipid-coated Upconversion Nanoparticle-Mediated Carbon Monoxide Prodrug Delivery System for Cancer Therapy Yaw graduated from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana in 2013. He is specifically interested in the use of nanomedicines for site-specific delivery and controlled release. He has several publications in highly reputable peer review journals including Biomaterials, Theranostics, Small, Applied Materials and Interface, Biomaterials Science and Molecular Pharmaceutics.