School of Chemical Engineering

Twenty-five University of Queensland researchers are celebrating a combined multi-million-dollar success in the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland Fellowships scheme.

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad announced 50 fellowship recipients last night (23 March), with UQ taking the lion’s share with 20, and Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology faculty taking eight.

Six mid-career and 14 early-career researchers at UQ received a combined $4.32 million in fellowship funding. Associated funding from industry partners boosts the total value to $6.77 million.

Additionally, five UQ researchers were awarded PhD scholarships worth $45,000 each.

UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Høj congratulated all the fellowship and scholarship winners.

“The Government’s continued focus on and support for science and research ensures that the state reaps the benefits of extraordinary work by Queensland’s best researchers,” Professor Høj said.

UQ Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Robyn Ward she was delighted to see such significant support for researchers working to create positive change in fields including health and medicine, mining and energy, primary industries, and technology.

“I’m particularly pleased to see that seven of the UQ recipients are women,” she said.

“They are working in fields as diverse as influenza detection, the oyster industry, and energy.”

Deputy Premier Trad said the research would benefit Queensland and have global impact.

“We are supporting researchers from across the state who are collaborating with industry to give them a vital boost to ensure their significant research can translate into practical outcomes,” she said.

“Not only do we want to create jobs and boost commercialisation opportunities in Queensland, but we want to improve the lives of Queenslanders – and there is real potential to do that.”

Advance Queensland Research Fellowships are for PhD-qualified researchers undertaking original research that will benefit Queensland.

Mid-Career Fellowships are worth $300,000 over three years, and Early-Career Fellowships are worth $180,000 over three years.


UQ’s Mid-Career Fellowship recipients and their projects are:

Dr Konstanty BialkowskiSchool of Information Technology and Electrical EngineeringRoad monitoring and anomaly detection using microwave based sensors.

Dr Anand VeeraragavanSchool of Mechanical and Mining EngineeringSupersonic combustion of hydrocarbon fuels for high-mach-number axisymmetric scramjets.

Dr Richard GordonSchool of Biomedical SciencesDrug repurposing for neurodegeneration using artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Dr Zhongfan JiaAustralian Institute for Bioengineering and NanotechnologyCheaper and safer flow battery for micro-grid energy storage.

Dr Carmel McDougallSchool of Biological SciencesReinvigorating the Queensland oyster industry.

Dr Karl RobinsonQueensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food InnovationNew horizons with BioClay: protecting crops from aphids and whiteflies.


Early-Career Fellowship recipients are:

Dr Wayes Tushar, School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Peer-to-peer energy trading scheme for sustainable cities.

Dr Sasan Ahdi Rezaeieh, School of Information Technology and Electrical EngineeringElectromagnetic torso scanner for fatty liver disease detection and monitoring.

Dr Wen HuaSchool of Information Technology and Electrical EngineeringMachine learning, data analytics and knowledge management for microgrid data.

Dr Hina Khan, School of Information Technology and Electrical EngineeringData management, exploration and visualisation for smart energy grid.

Dr Xumeng ChenSchool of Chemical EngineeringDeveloping and implementing new chemistries to effectively recover fine coals.

Dr Mahshid FirouziSchool of Chemical Engineering, Enhancing CSG well production through well bottom-hole pressure control.

Dr Lynette MolyneauxGlobal Change InstituteIs Queensland's economy resilient to an energy shock?

Dr Lee BarberChild Health Research CentreCP muscle-movement toolbox: expand early detection of cerebral palsy.

Dr Marina FortesSchool of Chemistry and Molecular BioscienceFemale reproduction phenobank and validation herds.

Dr Md Daloar HossainAustralian Institute for Bioengineering and NanotechnologyEnvironmentally adaptive antimicrobial surfaces for application in the aircraft industry.

Dr Chang Lei, Australian Institute for Bioengineering and NanotechnologyNano-lateral flow assays for rapid and ultra-sensitive influenza detection.

Dr Steve MehrkanoonUQ Centre for Clinical ResearchThe early diagnosis of neurodevelopmental disabilities using integrated bioengineering technology.

Dr Kelvin TuongUQ Diamantina InstituteApproaching antigen-presenting cell immunotherapy for cervical cancer using single-cell transcriptomics.

Dr Najeeb UllahQueensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food InnovationExploring opportunities to improve wheat performance to future warmer climates.


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