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Room 3.13, Building N44,
School of Environment and Science
Griffith University

170 Kessel Road
Nathan QLD 4111
Australia

Contact Information

Call: +61 7 3735 5384

Email: h.ta@griffith.edu.au

Assoc Professor Hang T. Ta

Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellow, Lab Head


School of Environment and Science
Queensland Micro and Nanotechnology Centre
Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

Biography

Assoc Prof Hang T. Ta is a Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellow at School of Environment and Science, Griffith University and a member of Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre. She is also an honorary Assoc Prof at Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, the University of Queensland.  She currently leads a team of 9 students working on nanomaterials for diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases.

Expertise

Assoc Prof Hang Ta’s research addresses solutions for current problems in diagnosis and treatment of diseases. She is a pioneering bio-nanomaterials researcher developing innovative nanomaterials and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) nanosensors for molecular imaging and drug delivery for cardiovascular disease in Australia. Ta’s group has great expertise in the full suite of forefront material synthesis and characterization techniques, and is skilled in the design of molecular imaging agents and drug delivery systems based on metal oxide and biocompatible polymers.

Awards and Funding

Assoc Prof Ta has been awarded a number of prizes, grants and prestigious fellowships such as National Heart Foundation postdoctoral fellowship, NHMRC ECR fellowship and Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellowship. She has secured over $2.9 million ($2.7 million as Lead Chief Investigator CIA) in competitive grant funding from national funding agencies for both discovery and infrastructure projects.

Research Outputs and Impacts

Assoc Prof Ta has published papers in journals with high impact factor such as Nature Protocols (Jif: 13.74), Circulation Research (Jif: 15.861), Biomaterials (Jif: 10.396) and Journal of Controlled Release (Jif: 8.078) with more than 1570 citations. Her research on iron oxide nanoparticles for molecular imaging of thrombosis was highlighted on cover page of Circulation Research, a second-ranked journal in the field of cardiovascular research.

Community contribution

Assoc Prof Ta is on Editorial Boards and is a peer reviewer for a number of journals, a chair/co-chair of conferences, serve on the committees of scientific societies, is an assessor for Masters/PhD theses, and a peer reviewer for project/fellowship applications nationally and internationally.

Teaching

Assoc Prof Ta taught CHEE4305 (Biomaterials: Materials in Medicine) at University of Queensland and taught AMME5931 (Nanomaterials in Medicine) at the University of Sydney. She has been a principal supervisor of more than 15 undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Links

Assoc Prof Ta has links both across Australia and internationally, including Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Monash University, University of Melbourne, University of Wollongong, Curtin University, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Prince Charles Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (Vietnam), University of Freiburg (Germany), and Soochow University (China).

Career Interruptions

Hang had 2 years FTE career disruption from 2011 to 2015 due to maternity leave and family commitment, which had a significant impact on her research outputs in the 2012-2016 period.

Education

  1. 2009

    PhD

    Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Melbourne, Australia (6 publications, 1 provisional patent)
  2. 2004

    Masters degree

    Biotechnology, University of Queensland, Australia. (Dean’s commendation for High Achievement)
  3. 2002

    Bachelor degree

    Chemical Engineering & Food Technology, Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, Vietnam (second ranked student)

Professional Appointments

  1. 2020 - now
    Associate Professor
    Griffith University
  2. 2020 - now
    Honorary Associate Professor
    The University of Queensland
  3. 2012 - 2020
    NHMRC ECR Fellow/Senior Research Fellow/Group Leader
    The University of Queensland
  4. 2010 - 2011
    National Heart Foundation Research Fellow
    Department of Vascular and Hypertension, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute
  5. 2009 - 2010
    Research Officer (Postdoctoral)
    Department of Vascular and Hypertension, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute

Awards & Prizes

  • 2019
    Paul Korner Innovation Award
    National Heart Foundation
  • 2019
    2019 Achievement and Career Development Award
    Australian Vascular Biology Society (AVBS)
  • 2017
    Travel Award
    World Molecular Imaging Society
  • 2011
    Monthly research prize
    Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute
  • 2010
    Third prize for an outstanding early-career-scientist oral presentation
    Australian Vascular Biology Society (AVBS)
  • 2008
    Poster Award for Innovative Health-related Research
    The Bionic Ear Institute
  • 2005 – 2008
    MIRS and MIFRS (living and tuition scholarships) to do PhD research at University of Melbourne for 3.5 years
  • 2007
    Travel Scholarship to attend and present at a conference at Northeastern University, Boston, USA
    University of Melbourne
  • 2007
    Eugene Singer Scholarship for excellent academic results
    University of Melbourne
  • 2006
    Eugene Singer Scholarship for excellent academic results
    University of Melbourne
  • 2004
    Dean’s Commendation for High Achievements in the Master of Biotechnology Program
    University of Queensland
  • 2003
    Full scholarship to do the Master program in biotechnology at University of Queensland
    Ho Chi Minh People’s Committee, Vietnam
  • 2002
    3rd prize in the award of "Vietnam Funding for Technical Creation"
  • 2002
    3rd prize in the award of "Student with Scientific Research" by the Ministry of Education and Training, Vietnam
  • 2001
    Scholarship for excellent academic results
    Ho Chi Minh University of Technology (HCMUT), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • 2000
    Scholarship for excellent academic results at HCMUT - best fourth-year student at HCMUT