Martina Stenzel studied chemistry at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, before completing her PhD in 1999 at the Institute of Applied Macromolecular Chemistry, University of Stuttgart, Germany. She started as a postdoctoral fellow at UNSW in 1999 and is now a full Professor in the school of chemistry as well as co-director of the Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design (CAMD)

Martina Stenzel published more than 240 peer reviewed papers mainly on polymer and nanoparticle design. Her research interest is focused on the synthesis of functional nanoparticles for drug delivery applications. She is in particular interested in combining synthetic polymers with nature’s building such as sugars and proteins to create biocompatible and bioactive carriers for delivery of a range of drugs. She is especially passionate about developing synthetic strategies to deliver metal-based drugs.

She is scientific editor of Materials Horizons and serves currently on a range of editorial boards. She received a range of awards including the 2011 Le Fèvre Memorial Prize of the Australian Academy of Science.