Dr Anna Wang
Senior Lecturer

Dr Anna Wang

  • BSc(Adv H1M) - The University of Sydney (2009)
  • SM in Applied Physics - Harvard University (2013)
  • PhD in Applied Physics - Harvard University (2016)
School of Chemistry

I am from Sydney and spent almost a decade overseas in Massachusetts, USA. I have a background in physics and biochemistry, and enjoy working in the interdisciplinary fields of astrobiology, biophysics, and soft matter.

Experience and background

  • BSc (Adv H1M), The University of Sydney (2009)
  • SM in Applied Physics, Harvard University (2013) 
  • PhD in Applied Physics, Harvard University (2016)
  • NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow in Astrobiology at Massachusetts General Hospital (2016-2018)

For details on our lab's research, please see the lab website here: annawanglab.com and send me an email!

Science and Engineering Building (lab) and Hilmer Building (office) UNSW Sydney NSW 2052
  • Journal articles | 2015
    Wang A; Sha M; Chu M, 2015, 'A new process industry fault diagnosis algorithm based on ensemble improved binary-tree SVM', Chinese Journal of Electronics, vol. 24, pp. 258 - 262, http://dx.doi.org/10.1049/cje.2015.04.006
    Journal articles | 2013
    Sha M; Wang A; Chu M; Liu L, 2013, 'A virtual sample generation approach for blast furnace fault diagnosis', Applied Mechanics and Materials, vol. 303-306, pp. 1379 - 1384, http://dx.doi.org/10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMM.303-306.1379

Our lab works at the intersection of physics, chemistry, materials science, to answer questions about soft matter. Soft matter is everything that deforms easily - cell membranes, cream, gels - because internally, the components are held together by weak bonds (on the order of kT).

Studying soft matter can not only give us insight into the science of the everyday, from personal care products in the bathroom to the microfoams in our cappucinos, but can also shed light on basic science like the principles behind self-assembly and how cell-based life started on Earth.

For further details please see our lab website:



Research interests:

  • Self-assembly
  • Holographic microscopy
  • Lipid bilayer membranes
  • Biophysics
  • Optics
  • Soft matter
  • Origins of life
  • Holography
  • Microscopy
  • Astrobiology

Selected public engagement:

My Research Supervision

I currently supervise HDR and Honours students, for details please see the lab website.

My Teaching

I really enjoy relating material in the classroom to our experience of the natural world, and our experience of the every day. Science and chemistry are everywhere, and everyone can enjoy complex problem solving whether it be in the lab or in the board room.

I teach into CHEM2921 (Food Chemistry), CHEM3061 (Chemistry of Materials), and CDEV3000 (Practice of Work).