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Dr Liam Hall

Principal Research Scientist, Science Leader and Team Leader in Quantum Biotechnology


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My background is in the development of diamond-based quantum sensors and metrology protocols for the precision measurement of nanoscale magnetic and magnetic resonance phenomena. At the University of Melbourne School of Chemistry I led the Quantum Bio-Spectroscopy group; working with partners from CSIRO, the Florey, WEHI, and numerous other biomedical institutes to translate these sensors to applications in biochemical research.

Having recently joined CSIRO as a Science Leader in Quantum Biotechnology, we are focused on utilising these techniques for the development of next-generation biomedical, defence, and analytical technology.

Other Interests

Outside of research I enjoy playing jazz guitar and bass, as well as gardening in the warmer months. When the weather cools off I get a kick out of forcing my three kids to barrack for Geelong and come surfing with me.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2014

    PhD (Physics)
    University of Melbourne

  • 2009

    BEng (Hons)
    University of Melbourne

  • 2009

    BSc (Hons)
    University of Melbourne

Achievements and Awards

  • 2021-2023

    DECRA Fellowship
    Australian Research Council

  • 2017-2017

    Victoria Fellowship
    VESKI/Victorian Government

  • 2015-2015

    Chancelor's Prize for PhD Thesis Excellence
    The University of Melbourne


  • 2023-2030

    ARC Centre of Excellence in Quantum Biotechnology (Chief Investigator, now Partner Investigator)

  • 2022-2025

    National Intelligence and Security Discovery Research Grants, Department of Defence. (lead-CI) 'Quantum-based NMR Spectrometer: the Final Frontier for Field Deployable Chemical Sensors.' Together with A/Prof David Simpson (University of Melbourne), and Dr Anthony Chesman (CSIRO).