Dr Mostafa Kamal Masud

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

Honorary Fellow

Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology


Dr Mostafa Kamal Masud is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering & Nanotechnology (AIBN), the University of Queensland (UQ). In 2020, he received his PhD in Medical Biotechnology Diagnostics and Nanobiotechnology from AIBN, UQ. After completing his PhD, he was awarded a prestigious JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship (success rate >10%) from Japan and served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Japan's National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS). His research focuses on the development of novel nanostructures and nanodiagnostic technologies to address critical issues in medical diagnosis. As an early career researcher (2 years to post PhD), he has an excellent track record with 38 peer-reviewed publications in prestigious and high-impact journals in the area that achieve <1400 citations with an h-index of 20 (Scholar google link: https://bit.ly/2Vtv67l). He has developed new classes of superparamagnetic nanostructures and fabricated novel biosensors for the detection of disease-specific biomolecular targets e.g., for miRNA, DNA, exosome and protein biomarker detection that have proven to be easy and effective, allowing for rapid diagnosis with minimal equipment. He made a major contribution to nanotechnology integrated-analytical and diagnostic fields by providing analytical and technological input as well as developing key collaborations with clinicians and biologists for translational research. His strategy is to create nano-architecture point-of-care diagnostic technology for early diagnosis of cancer that could hopefully lead to a healthy and happier life for humans.

Research Interests

  • Nanoarchitectonics
  • Medical Diagnostics
  • Biosensor
  • Nanobiotechnology

Research Impacts

He pioneered the development of biosensing techniques based on mesoporous nanostructures for detecting clinically important biomarkers that have paved the way for the development of point-of-care diagnostics for diseases. His research received attention in the research community and was highlighted in local and international media (Griffith News “gold! Griffith finds a cheap way to detect cancer”, UQ News “Pot of gold engineered to help with early disease detection”; Phys.Org “Detecting Cancer Just Got Cheaper; etc.). The quality of his research is demonstrated by the award of a prestigious Dean's Award for Outstanding Higher Degree by Research Theses 2020 by the University of Queensland, Australia; Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral fellowship (2020) at NIMS, Japan; a postgraduate research award (2018-2019) from AINSE Limited (15,000 AUD), Sydney, Australia; International Travel Award (2020) from AIBN, UQ; Outstanding Poster Prize (2018) from AINSE/ANBUG Neutron Scattering Symposium; and RSC Analytical Method Poster Prize from 21st Australia and New Zealand Electrochemistry Symposium 2019.


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