2019 New South Wales Award Winner

Dr Chris Reid

Dr Chris Reid Macquarie University Research Field: Biological Sciences Imagine a swarm of robots that can join together to create structures or tools as needed, or a blob of cells that transforms itself into a replacement ear, bladder or heart. These capabilities are within reach if we can understand and harness the rules that govern…

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Dr Simon Clulow

Dr Simon Clulow Macquarie University Research Field: Conservation Biology With Earth in the midst of what scientists describe as the planet’s sixth mass extinction event, Dr Simon Clulow’s passion for conservation and interest in reproductive biology has led to his strong advocacy for stopping species extinctions through biotechnological means. Dr Clulow’s work on de-extinction (or…

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Professor Rebecca Guy

The Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales Research Field: Sexual Health Professor Rebecca Guy’s research focuses on the implementation and evaluation of public health interventions related to HIV and sexually transmissible infections (STIs). The central goal of Rebecca’s work is to reduce the social and economic health burden of HIV and STIs, which requires…

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Dr Natalie Matosin

Dr Natalie Matosin University of Wollongong Research Field: Neuroscience Dr Natalie Matosin’s research identifies potential drug targets aimed at developing new medications to improve quality of life for people living with mental illness. Most of us carry genes that predispose us to mental illness. So why do only some develop these disorders while others do…

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Dr Angelica Merlot

Dr Angelica Merlot Lowy Cancer Research Centre, University of New South Wales Research Field: Cancer Research Angelica Merlot’s research is focused on developing new drugs and strategies to combat the deadliest cancers and prevent their growth, spread and adaptation to current drugs. Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, with brain and pancreatic cancers…

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Dr Noushin Nasiri

Dr Noushin Nasiri Macquarie University Research Field: Nanotechnoloy Dr Noushin Nasiri is an engineer in the field of nanotechnology whose research aims to develop breath tests that can diagnose diseases like diabetes and breast cancer in their very early stages. Her research is focused on developing nanosensors to facilitate early, non-invasive disease diagnosis through biomarkers…

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A/Prof Majid Ebrahimi Warkiani

Associate Professor Majid Ebrahimi Warkiani University of Technology Sydney Research Field: Cancer Research Cancer is a devastating and silent disease that kills more than 50,000 people annually in Australia. If detected early, more than 90% of human cancers can be treated successfully. However early detection of cancer currently relies on an invasive procedure, where a…

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Dr Qilin Wang

Dr Qilin Wang University of Technology Sydney Research Field: Environmental Engineering Dr Qilin Wang’s research has contributed to the development of sustainable wastewater management systems with low to zero greenhouse gas emissions. Nitrous oxide (N₂O) is a potent greenhouse gas that can damage the ozone layer and can be directly emitted from wastewater treatment systems….

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Associate Professor Sally Gainsbury

Associate Professor Sally Gainsbury University of Sydney Research Field: Psychology The internet provides many benefits but when it comes to gambling and gaming, the constant accessibility, ability to spend large sums of money quickly, and ongoing play online has resulted in some people developing serious problems. As a leader in gambling psychology research, Associate Professor…

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Associate Professor Ronika Power

Associate Professor Ronika Power Macquarie University Research Field: Bioarcheology Associate Professor Power studies ancient human remains to understand what it was like to live – and die – in the past, and to communicate the science of human health, climate change, violence and mass migrations. Ronika Power hopes to build better futures by guiding decision-makers…

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