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Dr David Ompong

2023 Northern Territory Award Winner

Dr David Ompong is a lecturer in the Faculty of Science and Technology at Charles Darwin University (CDU), specialising in engineering materials and their applications. His research interest includes semiconductor... Read More »

Dr Mariana Campbell

2023 Northern Territory Award Winner

We are facing a global biodiversity extinction crisis. Governmental spending on protecting and recovering threatened species is inadequate and insufficient. Consequently, the protection and conservation of many threatened species is... Read More »

Dr Florence Danila

2023 Australian Capital Territory's Award Winner

Extreme and prolonged weather events including drought can cause significant decline in crop production, decreasing food supply, increasing food prices and reducing access to nutritious food. As climate change becomes... Read More »

Dr Annie Colebatch

2023 Australian Capital Territory's Award Winner

The conversion of simple chemicals into more complex ones is essential for society, such as the manufacture of medicines and plastics. But these processes present significant challenges from a sustainability... Read More »

Dr Tyrone Lavery

2023 Australian Capital Territory's Award Winner

Australia and the South-west Pacific are rich in mammalian biodiversity, and many species are found nowhere else on the planet. But much work remains to better document this diversity and... Read More »

Dr Hugo Olierook

2023 Western Australian Award Winner

Combatting man-made climate change is one of our biggest challenges. We need both better knowledge of how our climate is being affected and increased quantities of metals like lithium, nickel... Read More »

Dr David Gozzard

2023 Western Australian Award Winner

Lasers can carry much more data, and make higher-precision measurements, than radio waves can. This makes lasers extremely useful for science and communications, particularly with satellites. However, atmospheric turbulence causes... Read More »

Dr Sarah Hellewell

2023 Western Australian Award Winner

One in five of us will have a traumatic brain injury in our lifetime. Most people will recover, but some will have long-term problems with their memory, thinking, and emotions.... Read More »

Dr Dona Jayakody

2023 Western Australian Award Winner

Dr Dona Jayakody is the Head of Brain and Hearing at Ear Science Institute Australia. In addition, she is also a Career Advancement Fellow at the Royal Perth Hospital Research... Read More »

Dr Yuan Zhou

2023 Tasmanian Award Winner

Multiple Sclerosis is a devastating neurological disease that usually begins in young adults. It can greatly limit their ability to have an independent life and impacts their family. There is... Read More »

Dr Chloe Lucas

2023 Tasmanian Award Winner

Dr Chloe Lucas, 2023 Tasmanian Young Tall Poppy of the Year, is a geographer whose research focuses on forms of communication that can bridge these divides and improve climate citizenship.... Read More »

Dr Jessica Kretzmann

2023 Western Australian Award Winner

Dr Jessica Kretzmann’s research focuses on the design and evaluation of new materials for both the delivery of gene therapies, and for the rapid detection and diagnosis of disease conditions.... Read More »

A/Prof Andrew Woods

2023 Western Australian Award Winner

Andrew Woods is an Associate Professor at Curtin University where he manages the HIVE visualisation facility and is a Research Engineer at the Centre for Marine Science & Technology. He... Read More »

A/Prof Mingming Cheng

2023 Western Australian Award Winner

The social media landscape is complex and dynamic. Billions of users produce large quantities of social media data every day. Mingming’s research examines how we can leverage the power of... Read More »

Dr Marc Sim

2023 Western Australian Award Winner

1 in 3 older Australians living in the community experience a fall each year, with resulting fractures often compromising independence. While no pharmaceutical interventions can preserve muscle function and thus... Read More »

Professor Chan Cheah

2023 Western Australian Award Winner

Blood cancers are collectively the third most common cancer in Australia and forecast to be the leader cause of cancer related death by 2030. Thousands of Western Australians are diagnosed... Read More »

Dr Karen Lee-Waddell

2023 Western Australian Award Winner

The Universe is vast and mystifying. There are so many questions we want answered and phenomena that we want to discover and/or further understand. Dr Karen Lee-Waddell is the Director... Read More »

Dr Amy Winship

2023 Victorian Award Winner

Cancer therapies, like chemotherapy, can cause devastating side-effects for young female survivors, such as infertility and early menopause. Now, immunotherapies are revolutionising cancer therapy. They activate the patient’s immune system... Read More »

Dr Carolien van de Sandt

2023 Victorian Award Winner

Viruses, like influenza and SARS-CoV-2, can make you sick. Children are great at controlling viral infections resulting in mild symptoms, like a running nose, cough and fever, which resolve within... Read More »

Dr Charis Teh

2023 Victorian Award Winner

Immunotherapy is a treatment type that guides our body’s immune system to target and eliminate cancer cells with precision. However, it only works in 80-90% of patients, prompting the need... Read More »