Personal details

Name
Dr Phong Tran
Position(s)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Faculty of Engineering,
School of Mech., Medical & Process Engineering
Discipline *
Biomedical Engineering, Other Physical Sciences
Phone
+61 7 3138 6452
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
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Qualifications

PhD in Physics (Brown University)

Professional memberships
and associations

Fellow of The Institution of Engineers Australia (EA)

Vice-Chair, IEEE Queensland Young Professionals Program

Committee Member, IEEE Queensland Engineering Medicine Biology Society Chapter

 

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Dr Phong Tran is an Advance Queensland Research Fellow (mid-career level) and Leader of the Interface Science and Materials Engineering Group at the Queensland University of Technology. His group focuses on the development and study of biomaterials for medical devices and tissue repairing or regeneration. His research is highly multidisciplinary and combines fundamental and translational studies at the interface between chemistry, material science, and biology.

Dr Tran has authored more than 85 refereed publications, his articles were published in some of the top journals in his field, including Advanced Drug Delivery Review, Biomaterials, Applied Materials Today, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, Biofabrication, Advanced Therapeutics. He has more than 1900 citations and an h-index of 23 (Google scholar 4/2020). Dr Tran has attracted 5.4M in research funding as a Chief Investigator, including 1.4M as a Sole Chief Investigator. He is an Associate Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Nanomedicine.

Dr Tran was the recipient of the Vietnam Education Foundation Fellowship (2005) for his PhD studies at Brown University  – one of the 8 Ivy League universities in the USA, Brown University’s Dissertation Fellowship (2009), Stein-Bellet’s Postdoctoral Fellowship (2010, Rhode Island Hospital – USA), McKenzie Research Fellowship (2011, the University of Melbourne – Australia), Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellowship (2015, Queensland University of Technology – Australia) and Advance Queensland Research Fellowship (2017, Queensland Government – Australia). Dr Tran was honoured with multiple recognitions and awards including STAR travel award (Society for Biomaterials, USA), Golden Young Innovator award (Vietnam Fatherland Front, oversea category), Robert Beyer Award (Brown University), Travel Awards (Vietnam Education Foundation), and the Fellowship of the Institution of Engineers Australia.

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Teaching

Dr Tran is passionate about teaching and training the next generation of thinkers/engineers/scientists. His approach to teaching and learning is student-centred and a combination of practical and theoretical inquiries. He is teaching at the Queensland University of Technology (2017-present as a Lecturer) and before at the University of Melbourne (2013, as a Lecturer) and Brown University – USA (2009, as a Teaching Assistant).

2021: EGH438 (Biomaterials) – Lecturing the topics of Biophysics of Biomaterial and Nanomedicine and Drug Delivery.

Notable achievement: Designed and implemented, for the first time, a practical session for students to use mobile phones to measure contact angles on surfaces of different roughness and critically analyze how the results fit with different theoretical models.

2020, 2019: EGH438 (Biomaterials) – Lecturing the topics of Biophysics of Biomaterial and Nanomedicine and Drug Delivery.

Notable achievement: Designed and implemented an on-class demonstration/experiment of Brownian diffusion using play balls.

2019, 2018, 2017: PVB204 (Electromagnetism) – Lecturing the topics in Electrodynamics (Maxwell’s equations, light)

2013: Biocellular Systems Engineering (University of Melbourne)

University teaching training:
2018: ExPREP (Expert peer review in education practice) Certificate, Queensland University of Technology
2013: Graduate Certificate in University Teaching, the University of Melbourne
Focus: curriculum design, assessment and feedback strategies, e-learning, class planning
2010: University Teaching Certificate, Brown University (USA)
Focus: course design, constructive alignment, effective communication

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Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2018
Details
2018-2023 ARC Training Centre for Multiscale 3D Imaging, Modelling and Manufacturing $AUD 3.9M (Chief Investigator)
Type
Fellowships
Reference year
2017
Details
Mid-career Advance Queensland Research Fellowship
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2017
Details
Global Connection Fund (Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, Australia) 2017 "Advanced Surface Treatment for Orthopaedic Implants";(Lead Chief Investigator)
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2016
Details
CASS Foundation Science and Medicine Grant 2016-2017 "3D printed diamond implants: Investigations into a new hybrid material" (Chief Investigator)
Type
Fellowships
Reference year
2015
Details
Vice Chancellor's Research Fellowship, Queensland University of Technology 2015-2018
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2015
Details
Australian Dental Research Foundation 2015-2016 "Developing versatile nanoparticle decoration technologies for antimicrobial barrier membranes in guided tissue regeneration applications" ; (Lead Chief Investigator)
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2014
Details
CASS Foundation Science and Medicine Grant 2014 (Australia) "Superbullets for Superbugs: Toward Solutions for Antibiotic Resistance and Bacterial Infections"; (Lead Chief Investigator)
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2014
Details
Defence Health Foundation Establishment Grant 2014 "Developing Nanocomposite Material Processing Technologies for Anti-infective Medical Devices"; (Chief Investigator)
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2012
Details
Interdisciplinary Seed Funding, Melbourne Materials Institute and Bio21 Institute 2012 (Australia), "Developing Nanocomposites for Soft Tissue Regeneration"; (Lead Chief Investigator)
Type
Fellowships
Reference year
2011
Details
McKenzie Fellowship, University of Melbourne 2011-2014

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
ARC Training Centre for (M3D) Multiscale 3D Imaging, Modelling and Manufacturing
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
IC180100008
Start year
2019
Keywords
Title
ARC ITTC M3D - Subproject with Stryker 2.3 - Nano-texture surfaces
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
IC180100008
Start year
2020
Keywords

Supervision

  • Since obtaining my PhD, Dr Tran has supervised one postdoctoral research associate, as well as five PhD, four master’s (research), two medical interns and 20+ research project students. His former students now work in both academia and the industry.

Current supervisions

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)

Completed supervisions (Masters by Research)