Dr Ruirui Qiao

NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow

Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
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Dr. Ruirui Qiao is a NHMRC Emerging Leadership fellow and Group Leader at Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN), The University of Queensland. She received her BSc (2005) and MSc (2007) in pharmaceutical science in Peking University in China. From 2007 to 2016, she worked as a research assistant and associate in Institue of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Science (CAS). In 2014, she received her PhD in Physical Chemistry from University of CAS. In 2016, she was promoted to be an associated Professor in Chinese Academy of Sciences. In 2017, she joined Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS) as a research fellow within ARC Centre of Bio-Nano Science (CBNS) under the leadership and mentorship of Professor Tom Davis. In 2019, she relocated to AIBN, UQ as a research fellow and project co-leader on the development of improved contrast agent for molecular imaging of diseases.

Dr Qiao has made significant contributions to both research fields with work in synthetic methodology development, surface functionalisation, enhancing the physical properties of inorganic nanoparticles, as well as bioapplications in molecular imaging and drug delivery. She has publushed >80 peer reviewed articles in international top refereed journals such as ACS Nano, Chemistry of Materials, Advanced Materials, Polymer Chemistry, and so on., with citation >4300 times (H-index = 35). Her current research focuses on the development of improved molecular imaging agents based on the fabrication of inorganic nanomaterials with functional polymers for the controlled delivery of therapeutics and diagnostic agents. She received NHMRC Investigator Grant (2020) and UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award (2021).

She is currently serving as Associate Editor of Journal of Nanobiotechnology (BMC, Part of Spring Nature), and Guest Editors of Biosensors and Frontier in Pharmacology.

Dr. Qiao is looking for highly motivated Ph.D. students, and highly competitive full scholarship can be provided. The University of Queensland ranks in the top 50 as measured by the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities. The University also ranks 47 in the QS World University Rankings, 52 in the US News Best Global Universities Rankings, 60 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and 55 in the Academic Ranking of World Universities.


  • Doctor of Natural Science, University of the Chinese Academy of Science


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  • Qiao, Ruirui, Wang, Kun and Zhong, Jian (2018). Tumor-penetrating peptides. Peptide Applications in Biomedicine, Biotechnology and Bioengineering. (pp. 371-386) Oxford, United Kingdom: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-08-100736-5.00014-4

  • Qiao, Ruirui, Gao, Mingyuan and Galla, Hans-Joachim (2015). Nanoparticles: important tools to overcome the blood-brain barrier and their use for brain imaging. Soft matter nanotechnology: from structure to function. (pp. 109-130) edited by Xiaodong Chen and Harald Fuchs. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley. doi: 10.1002/9783527682157.ch04

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