Dr Nasim Amiralian is Group Leader of Bio-inspired Materials Research and Chair of the Gender Equity and Diversity Commission at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, The University of Queensland. Her pioneering research uses a nanocellulose platform technology to develop innovative materials for diverse applications, including biodegradable packaging materials, protective medical textiles, and biocomposites. The application of nanocellulose for advanced materials is gaining interest internationally, and her vision is to capitalise on this momentum to spearhead research into new sustainable products that will have global impact. Dr Amiralian is a strong advocate for cultural diversity and equity and supports staff and students to grow as more effective leaders and create social good.
In recognition of her contribution to the field of nanomaterials engineering and research excellence, she has received a number of awards including; The Eight Australian Women Who Are Shaking up the World Of Science (Marie Claire, 2020), one of Australia’s Top 5 Scientists (ABC/UNSW, 2018), Queensland Women in STEM Prize- judges choice award (2017), Women in Technology Life Sciences and/or Infotech Rising Star Award (2016), AIBN Research Excellence Award (2016), a Class of 2014 Future Leader award and Best poster prize at the Australian Nanotechnology Network ECR Entrepreneurship workshop (2015).