2013 Victorian Award Winner

Dr Cara Doherty

Dr Cara Doherty Research Field: Materials Science CSIRO  Imagine you could put a tongue depressor on your tongue and in seconds you would know whether you were getting the flu or whether you have a stomach ulcer or whether you have cancer. Small molecules in our saliva, called biomarkers, can tell a detailed story about our health. But…

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Dr Jose Polo

Dr Jose Polo Research Field: Cancer, Epigenetics and Cellular reprogramming Monash University  Understanding how cells acquire their identity (normal or abnormal) is key for developing safer and potent anti-cancer and regenerative medicine therapies. The main molecular factors that determine how a cell becomes any cell type of the body – or, in aberrant situations, a tumour cell –…

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Dr Kate Hoy

Dr Kate Hoy Research Field: Neuroscience Monash University  Dr Hoy’s research is devoted to developing new treatments for the cognitive impairments associated with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a devastating illness which affects approximately 1% of the population and produces symptoms across essentially all of the domains that make us who we are, i.e. thinking, feeling and behaving. While schizophrenia…

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Dr Norman Do

Dr Norman Do Research Field: Pure mathematics Monash University  It may come as a shock that new mathematical results are discovered at the rate of thousands each month! As a mathematician, Dr Do adds to this wealth of knowledge, motivated by the intrinsic beauty and structure of the subject. His research focuses on geometry, but not as you’ve…

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Dr Shalin Naik

2013 Victorian Young Tall Poppy of the Year Dr Shalin Naik Research Field: Immunology, Haematology Walter and Eliza Hall Institute Our immune system is an armada of many different white blood cells that protect us against germs and other harmful agents. Dedicated stem and ‘progenitor’ cells in our bone marrow create these white cells every day, and…

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Associate Professor Baohua Jia

Associate Professor Baohua Jia Research Field: Nanophotonics Swinburne University of Technology  The world is experiencing a serious climate problem, with extreme heat and coldness, storm, mist, flood and fire occurring more frequently than before. In Australia, bushfires have become more and more damaging year by year. The most important reason causing the climate change is the non-sustainable human…

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Associate Professor Nick Birbilis

Associate Professor Nick Birbilis Research Field: Materials engineering Monash University  Corrosion is a major problem for the modern world. We presently live in a metals based civilisation, where we take metals for granted. Our cars, engines, electronic, bridges, planes, and even our cutlery, are all made of metal. Life without metals is unimaginable. Metals are ours to enjoy…

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Dr Adam Vogel

Dr Adam Vogel The University of Melbourne Research Field: Behavioural Neuroscience People with progressive brain disorder often experience difficulties speaking, eating and drinking. Despite the critical importance of these skills for daily life, little research exists on how communication and swallowing deteriorates over time in this group of disorders. Importantly, how we then respond to this change to…

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