Professor Anton Middelberg
Professor Anton Middelberg
Phone: +61 (7) 3365 3609
Fax: +61 (7) 3346 7678
Office: Level 3, Brian Wilson Chancellery
Post: The University of Queensland
Brisbane, Qld 4072, Australia

Executive Assistant

Mrs Sharon Vennell
Phone: +61 (7) 3365 3609


Professor Middelberg is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and International) at the University of Queensland. He obtained his Bachelor (1989) and PhD (1993) degrees from the University of Adelaide and his Master of Arts from Cambridge (2001). After appointment as the youngest lecturer in Engineering at Adelaide University, and a Fulbright Fellowship at UC Berkeley, he accepted a position at Cambridge University where he was rapidly tenured and promoted twice against quota to become the Reader in Biological Engineering. In this role he reported directly to The University’s General Board and was a member of the Governing Body of Selwyn College and a Fellow of the Cambridge-MIT Institute.

In 2003 he returned to Australia as a Federation Fellow of the Australian Research Council to progress his research into bio-inspired nanotechnology. His research into virus-like particle and nanoemulsion self-assembly has attracted more than $10M in research funding since 2003, including from the ARC, NHMRC and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Professor Middelberg was awarded the 2010 Queensland Premier’s Fellowship (one per annum statewide) within the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology at UQ to progress his research into low-cost rapid-response nanovaccine manufacture. He has been named by Engineers Australia as one of the 100 most influential engineers in Australia, and has received a number of awards including the Brodie and Shedden-Uhde medals of the Institution of Engineers Australia.

Professor Middelberg has published more than 170 refereed papers at the interface between biology and engineering, and serves in a number of editorial roles including as Editor-in-Chief of Chemical Engineering Science and as Associate Editor of Vaccine.

Areas of responsibility

Professor Anton Middelberg supports the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) in improving the University's research performance and has specific responsibility for the oversight and policy direction of the University's programs of funding, training and professional development for early career researchers. Professor Middelberg is the Designated Person for Research integrity under the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. He also works with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) to develop international strategy particularly in the context of research and the development of early-career researchers. He has particular responsibility for advancing the University's strategic partnerships in parts of Europe, Asia and South America.

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