Dr Valentina Baccetti is an expert in relativistic quantum information, an area of research that brings together Einstein’s theory of relativity, quantum physics and information theory, and general relativity in which she has several significant high impact publications.
Valentina’s work on black holes physics, specifically on the black hole information loss paradox, has had a significant impact on this forty-year-old Physics paradox, which ultimately pertains to the microscopic nature of space and time. Valentina is a member of the Quantum Laboratory at RMIT (QuRMIT) and ARC Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (CQC2T). Additionally, she has extensive international collaborations with the Institute of Quantum Computing and Perimeter Institute in Canada.
As a VC Research Fellow, she is focusing on understanding how relativity affects quantum mechanics and the so-called quantum resources, such as “quantum entanglement”. Primary applications of this research can be seen in quantum communications performed between satellites. Among other recognitions, Valentina was also a recipient of a Macquarie Research Fellowship in 2015.
Valentina is aligned to the RMIT Information and Systems (Engineering) ECP.
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Dr Jessica Holien has an outstanding track record in computational molecular modelling and drug discovery relative to opportunity. Her research bridges the chemistry-biology divide, incorporating medicinal chemistry, biology and computational modelling. Furthermore, she has extensive experience in the commercial drug discovery sector, consulting widely with Australian and international start-up biotechnology companies. Her lab uses cutting-edge, machine learning methods to enrich traditional bioinformatic analysis and improve high-throughput chemistry screens. This leads to faster small molecule chemical hit identification. She has a particular interest in understanding the mechanisms behind protein-protein interactions developing tools to design small molecule inhibitors to modulate them.
Jessica is aligned to the RMIT Biomedical Health and Innovation ECP.
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Dr Huacheng Zhang is a Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering. She worked as an ARC-DECRA Research Fellow in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Monash University before being awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellowship at RMIT.
Dr Zhang is a prominent and internationally recognized researcher in the field of bioinspired engineering of artificial membranes for efficient separation applications. She has published 45 peer-reviewed research journal articles in international and leading journals, including Nature Materials, Science Advances, and Nature Communications. Her publications have received more than 1900 citations with a corresponding h-index of 21.
Huacheng is aligned to the RMIT Advanced Materials ECP.
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