Associate Professor
University of Technology Sydney

Associate Professor Jiajia Zhou has emerged as an international leader in the application of single particle spectroscopy with a global network of collaborators in areas including visual display technology, security inks and personalised medicine.

She currently holds an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship and National Health and Medical Research Council Investigator Grant. She has won a number of major awards including the 2022 David Syme Research Award, 2019 Sturges Prize, and 2018 Nanomaterials Young Investigator Award. She was also a finalist in the 2020 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Emerging Leader in Science and 2019 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Outstanding Early Career Researcher. Associate Professor Zhou has published more than 110 papers in a range of prestigious journals including 10 Nature X (2 Nature, 4 Nature Photonics, 1 Nature Methods and 3 Nature Communications). Her work has attracted more than 6,600 citations with a Google h-index of 41.

She received her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering in 2013 from Zhejiang University, and then joined the China Jiliang University. In 2016, she joined UTS Institute for Biomedical Materials and Devices where she has worked on making nanoparticles even smaller while retaining their useful optical properties. This removes an obstacle to further improvements in resolution and sensitivity in areas such as display technologies, security inks, bio-imaging, and sensing. She has also worked on applying these technologies in rapid COVID-19 antigen tests, and protein and pathogen detection for the food industry.