Matt Trau

Matt Trau is a 2022 ARC Australian Laureate Fellow.  He is Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Centre for Personalised Nanomedicine at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. He is also senior group leader and co-founder of the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology. His research is dedicated towards developing innovative nano-diagnostic and nano-manufacturing systems to help transform the healthcare system towards early detection and personalized treatment of disease through a combination of innovative diagnostic technology, novel molecular-guided therapies and preventative measures. He has formerly been an ARC Federation Fellow (one of Australia’s most prestigious scientific fellowships), a Fulbright Research Fellow at Princeton University, a research scientist at Dow Chemical and ICI Pty Ltd, and a Visiting Professor at Harvard Medical School’s Dana Farber Cancer Research Institute and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre. He has co-authored more than 250 publications, many of which appear in the highest impact scientific journals, and his lab has created technologies that have helped found four companies.

Director and Founder of the Centre for Independent Studies

Professor of Public Policy and Director, Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University


Sociologist, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney.
Author of The New Authoritarianism

Director, Free Market Foundation, (Hungary)

Health Director, Health and BioSecurity, CSIRO

Director and Founder, Academy of Ideas, London, (UK)

Founder and CEO, Cognoscenti Group

Executive Director, The New Zealand Initiative (NZ)

Australian writer and columnist for the News Limited Press

Research Director, CIS

Programme Co-ordinator of the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning, The University of Western Australia

Chinese Canadian human rights advocate

Senior Research Fellow, Culture, Prosperity & Civil Society Program, CIS

CEO and Founding Director, China Matters

Former Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives and Cabinet Minister

Pro Vice-Chancellor Arts and Academic Culture, and Professor of History, Australian Catholic University

Cancer researcher and clinical oncologist, with Genesis Care Newcastle

Founder and President, Middle East Forum, publisher Middle East Quarterly Journal, (US)

Professor of Economics, University of Melbourne

Senior Research Fellow and Director, Culture, Prosperity & Civil Society Program, CIS

Internationally acclaimed novelist and journalist, (US)

Head of Economic Research, Reserve Bank of Australia

Executive Director, CIS

Professor of Economics at Stanford University; Senior Fellow in Economics at the Hoover Institution and Chair of the Working Group on Economic Policy, (US)

UQ-CSIRO Chair in Personalised Nanodiagnostics, Professorial Research Fellow, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, University of Queensland

Diplomat, American Board of Pathology

Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure

Liberal Party Member for Berowra

Australia’s Ambassador to China from 2007 to 2011, Chairman & CEO of Geoff Raby and Associates Ltd based in Beijing

Director of China and Free Societies program, CIS

Senior Research Scholar, Marron Institute of Urban Management, New York University, (US)