Professor Valenzuela is a cell and molecular biologist who is internationally recognised for her work in discovery of the human CLIC1 protein and in demonstrating CLIC family members as moonlighting proteins. Her research incorporates her background in cell biology and inflammation with biophysical studies of the CLIC proteins and their interactions with membranes.
Professor Valenzuela’s work extends to the application of membrane proteins in the development of novel nanomaterials and devices.
Professor Valenzuela also leads bionanotechnology research on the the therapeutic and diagnostic application of gold nanoparticles and development of tethered membrane biosensor technologies, in collaboration with her industry partners Surgical Diagnostics Pty Ltd and Biotics Pty Ltd.
Distinguished Professor Jin guides the overall research direction of the IDEAL Research Hub, including technology integration, partnership engagement and research performance.
He is also the Director of the Institute for Biomedical Materials and Devices at the University of Technology Sydney.
Professor Jin is a world leader in engineering time-resolved photonics devices, and luminescent nanoprobes which can up-convert low-energy infrared photons into more useful visible light for high-contrast detection.
Professor Hilder provides support to the Director to enable the smooth operation of the IDEAL Research Hub. She is also the Director of the Future Industries Institute at the University of South Australia.
An eminent analytical chemist, Professor Emily Hilder’s research focuses on the design and application of new polymeric materials used to improve analytical measurements including separations, environmental, food and bio-analysis.
Professor Hilder has been included in The Analytical Scientist’s ‘Top 40 under 40’ Power List four times, rising to 21st place in 2016. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and Deputy Director of the Australian Research Council Training Centre for Portable Analytical Separation Technologies (ASTech).