Dr Ruirui Qiao

NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow

Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
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Dr Ruirui Qiao is a Group leader and NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow at Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN), University of Queensland. Dr Qiao received her BSc (2005) and MSc (2007) in Peking University and was a tenured associate professor (2016–2017) and assistant professor (2009–2015) at the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), where she received her PhD in 2014. In 2017, she joined ARC Centre of Bio-Nano Science (CBNS), Monash University as a project co-leader. Currently, she leads a nanobiotechnology research group at AIBN, focusing on the development of functional nanohybrids toward biomedical and clinical translations.

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 >5400 times (H-index = 36). 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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