Virus are Colloids - Making Friends from Foes?

This year, we would like to encourage students who undertake research at the intersection of colloids and viruses to participate. There will be a prize for the winner of the best student presentation.
We will keep you informed as the programme develops. If you would like an opportunity to present at the event, please contact Maggie ( or Frank (

Date and Time: Friday 13 August, 10 am to 1 pm

Location: Online (details will be sent to registered participants)

Please register your attendance below to make sure you stay up to date with further details of this event.


Confirmed Keynote speakers:

Professor Trevor Douglas (Indiana University Bloomington)

Talk title: Directed Assembly of Virus-Based Nanoreactors Across Multiple Length Scales

Professor Katherine Kedzierska (The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection & Immunity)

Talk title: Integrated immune dynamics as correlates of COVID-19 severity and antibody responses

Professor Teng Zhaogang (Nanjing University, China)

Talk title: Virus-mimicking mesoporous organosilica nanocapsules with soft framework and rough surface for enhanced cellular                               uptake and tumor penetration

Professor Colin Pouton (Monash University)

Talk title: mRNA COVID vaccines - what have we learned and where to now?

Student speakers:

Simon Collett (RMIT University)

Talk title: Measuring AFM adhesion forces to probe interactions between colloidal virus-like particles and virus host cells

Izabela Milogrodzka (Monash University)

Talk title: Viral Fusion Peptide Interactions with the Lipidic Cubic Phase

Donna McNeale (Griffith University)

Talk title: Understanding virus capsid assembly by DNA templating

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