Centre Co-Directors


Professor Maria Kavallaris FAHMS AM

Head, Tumour Biology & Targeting Program
Children's Cancer Institute

Professor Maria Kavallaris, Founding Director, Australian Centre for NanoMedicine, UNSW, and Program Head, Children’s Cancer Institute Australia. She holds a prestigious NHMRC Principal  Research Fellowship and is an internationally recognized leader in cancer biology, therapeutics and  cancer nanomedicine. Her research has led to clinical collaborations and industry linkages that is  maximising translation of her research. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. Professor Kavallaris has received numerous national and international awards and prizes including an Australian Museum Eureka Award, AIPS Young Tall Poppy Award, 2015 AFR/Westpac 100 Women of Influence Award, recognized in the 2015 Knowledge 100 Australian Innovators and the 2017 Premier’s Science and Engineering Award for Leadership in Innovation in NSW.


Professor Cyrille Boyer PhD

Deputy Head (Research), School of Chemical Engineering
UNSW Sydney

Professor Cyrille Boyer is the Co-Director of Australian Centre for NanoMedicine. He received many awards including the 2012 SCOPUS Young  Researcher of the Year Award, the 2015 Prime Minister's Science Prize, the 2016 LeFevre Memorial Prize, ARC-APD and ARC-Future Fellowship in 2010 and 2012 respectively, and was nominated as one of the inaugural Knowledge Nation 100 in 2015. Cyrille’s research has gained international recognition, winning the prestigious ACS Biomacromolecules/ Macromolecules Award and Journal of Polymer Science Innovation Award in 2016. Cyrille's research interests mainly cover the use of photoredox catalysts to perform living radical polymerization and functional polymers for therapeutic applications (for example, polymers with anti-microbial properties). He holds 6 international patents and has published over 200 research articles including 24 highly cited papers according to ESI Web of Science.

Kris Kilian


Scientia A/Prof Kris Kilian

School of Chemistry and School of Materials Science & Engineering
UNSW Sydney

A/Prof Kris Kilian is Co-Director of the Australian Centre for NanoMedicine and Scientia Associate Professor with a joint position across the School of Chemistry and the School of Materials Science and Engineering at UNSW Sydney. He is internationally recognised for the development of model extracellular matrices for stem cell and tissue engineering, and the development of advanced biomaterials for high throughput discovery.  He is a Kavli fellow (2014), a Young Innovator of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering (2017) and has received numerous awards including the Cornforth Medal from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (2008), the NIH Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Award (2008), the National Science Foundation’s CAREER award (2015), and the Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (2018).