Professor Matt Trau


An internationally recognised research scientist, recognised for innovative and cross-disciplinary research at the interface between chemistry, nanotechnology, biology and medicine.

Matt has held positions in industry and academia across the globe and has also been a consultant for a range of national and international companies such as Merck, Digene, Beckman Coulter and Panbio.

Over the last 10 years Matt has raised greater than $25m of research funding to support his work and has initiated and led several large international consortia that involve close collaboration between leading nanotechnologists, molecular biologists, geneticists, clinicians and commercial researchers – with the goal of creating cutting edge diagnostics.


  • PhD in Physical Chemistry

    University of Melbourne 1992

  • B.Sc. (Hons) 1st Class (University Medal)

    University of Sydney 1987

Career Appointments

  • University of Queensland
  • Director, Centre for Personalised Nanomedicine
  • Professor of Chemistry, School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences

Career Highlights

ARC Federation Fellow

Visiting Scientist, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Ctr, Seattle

Visiting Professor, Harvard Uni, Dana Farber Cancer Inst, Boston

Fulbright Research Fellow, Dept of Chemical Engineering & 
Princeton Materials Institute, Princeton University

British Council Scholar to the UK, University College, London

Research Scientist, ICI Research Centre (Advanced Polymer 

Research Scientist, Dow Chemical Research Centre (Analytical 
Division), Melbourne