Griffith University,
Gold Coast campus Griffith School of Science and Environment G24, Parklands Drive Southport Qld 4222

Contact Information

Call: +61(0)755527535


A/Prof. Erik Streed

Associate Professor
Centre for Quantum Dynamics
Institute of Glycomics

School of Science and Environment, Gold Coast Campus, Building G24 Room 2.12


I am an associate professor at Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus. As a member of the Institute for Glycomics and the Centre for Quantum Dynamics I am  interested in adapting techniques from quantum physics to solving problems in understanding the behaviour of large biological molecules. My current bio-efforts focus on combining ion trapping with advanced microscopy to unravel structural questions about the dynamics of biomolecules. My work in quantum physics focuses on solving the problem of getting light into and out of quantum computers using an approach based on the segmented optics found in lighthouses.

Since my appointment as the first physicist on the Gold Coast, I have taught physics, mathematics, and engineering courses. In 2011 I received the Queensland Young Tall Poppy Science Award from the Premier. I received my BSc in Physics from the California Institute of Technology, with senior thesis work at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. My PhD in Physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology was for research with Prof. W. Ketterle (Nobel 2001) on Bose-Einstein condensate, an ultracold quantum state of matter.


  1. 2007

    PhD in Physics

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  2. 1999


    California Institute of Technology

Professional Appointments

  1. 2020
    Associate Professor
    Griffith University
  2. 2018-2019
    Senior Lecturer
    Griffith University
  3. 2014-2017
    ARC Future Fellow
    Griffith University
  4. 2011
    Lecturer in Physics
    Griffith University
  5. 2008
    ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellow
    Griffith University

Awards & Prizes

  • 2014
    ARC Future Fellow
    Australian Research Council
  • 2011
    Queensland Young Tall Poppy Science Award
    Queensland Government
  • 2008
    ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship
    Australian Research Council