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Meet our Centre Director, investigators and talented students

Our staff and researchers bring their expertise from specialties including electrical, chemical, biomolecular, robotic and process engineering to medicine, life and environmental sciences, agriculture and business.

Directors

Professor Fariba Dehghani

Professor Fariba Dehghani
Centre Director

Professor Fariba Dehghani is a highly regarded researcher and the Director of the Centre of Excellence for Advanced Food Enginomics. She has been instrumental in building a multidisciplinary research environment that stimulates the interface and intersect of engineering, science, medicine, pharmacy and agriculture. Her research has led to the:

  • design of pragmatic, cost-effective and environmentally sustainable techniques for processing materials
  • extraction of high-value and active compounds from natural resources for the treatment and prevention of chronic diseases such as infection and cardiovascular disease
  • synthesis of materials for musculoskeletal tissue repairs.

Her research is renowned in both academia and the food and biotech industries. She has established long-term collaborations within those industries and acquired substantive funding from national and international funding agencies.

Professor Dehghani has published more than 200 papers, and is an inventor on 13 patents, including nine with potential end users. She had a key role in developing a sterilisation process that has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for commercial application. In addition, her research resulted in the establishment of a start-up company that has received approval from the TGA to produce an injectable hydrogel for clinical applications. Professor Dehghani was selected by Engineers Australia as one of the 50 engineers for innovation in research in 2016.

Professor Yuan Chen

Professor Yuan Chen
Co-Director

Yuan Chen received bachelor's and master's degrees from Tsinghua University in China, and a PhD from Yale University in the United States. He joined Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore in 2005. He was a visiting Associate Professor at Brown University in 2010, and has been a visiting Chaired Professor at Tianjin University of Technology in China since 2011. He served as the Head of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Division at NTU from 2011 to 2014.

Future food processing researchers

Professor Robyn McConchie

Professor Robyn McConchie

Director of Fresh Produce Safety Centre, Director of ARC Centre for Food Safety in Fresh Food, Pro-Dean of the University of Sydney Institute of Agriculture, School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Dr John Kavanagh

Associate Professor John Kavanagh

Senior Lecturer, Director of Undergraduate Laboratories, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Dr Dale McClure

Dr Dale McClure

Biotechnology and process optimisation, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Food for health and food-omics researchers

Dr Peter Valtchev

Dr Peter Valtchev

Pharmaceutical research and development, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Associate Professor Andrew Holmes

Associate Professor
Andrew Holmes

Gut microbiome research, School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Professor David Raubenheimer

Professor David Raubenheimer

Leonard P Ullmann Chair in Nutritional EcologySchool of Life and Environmental Sciences

Dr Mark Read

Dr Mark Read

Complex systems modelling of diet, host and gut microbiome interactions in health and disease

Supply chain innovation researchers

Professor Behnam Fahimnia

Professor 
Behnam Fahimnia

Professor and Chair in Supply Chain Management, the University of Sydney Business School

Dr Sina Naficy

Dr Sina Naficy 

Smart packaging and agritech sensor development, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Governance board

Professor Duncan Ivison

Professor 
Duncan Ivison

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research
Professor of Political Philosophy, The University of Sydney

Professor Dianne Wiley

Professor
Dianne Wiley

Head of School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The University of Sydney

Ashley Brinson

Ashley Brinson

Executive Director, the Warren Centre (for engineering, technology and innovation)

Professor Kim Rasmussen

Professor
Kim Rasmussen

Deputy Dean and Associate Dean (Research)
Challis Professor of Civil Engineering, The University of Sydney

Professor Susan Pond

Professor Susan Pond

Director, the Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology 

Dr Andrew Black

Director of Research Development and Collaboration, The University of Sydney

Advisory committee

Dr John Ashton

Strategic Research Manager, Sanitarium Development and Innovation

David Coleman

Chairman and founder, Gravity Solutions Global

Dr Yves Le Loir

Leader of Bacterial Diversity and Interactions team, INRA (French National Institute for Agricultural Research)

Professor Paul Singh

Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Food Engineering, UC Davis

Professor Salah Sukkarieh

Director of Research and Innovation at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics, The University of Sydney

Dr Angus Crossan

Manager of Innovation, Food Innovation Australia Ltd

Dr Alfredo Martinez-Coll

General Manger, Stakeholder Engagement, MTPConnect

Professor Stephen Simpson

Academic Director, Charles Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney

Professor Liping Zhao

Associate Dean, School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Dr Nooshin Koolaji

Research and Administration Manager, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Contact


Fariba Dehghani

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  • +61 2 9351 2854
Address
  • Room 453 Chemical Engineering J01