2022 Victorian Award Winner

Dr Sejeong Kim

Sejeong’s field of research focuses on the development of light sources for integrated photonics circuits. In particular, she is interested in novel, emerging types of light signals, such as photons with spin/angular momentum or with various photon statistics. The evolution of electronic devices has transformed our daily lives. Future computing and communication devices will incorporate…

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A/Prof Shariful Islam

Wearable devices are a promising alternative to invasive physiological measurements to provide important clinical information relevant to cardiovascular diseases (CVD). However, an ongoing challenge with wearables is how to consolidate complex physiological signals into sensitive, clinically meaningful risk performance metrics. Shariful’s research is to address this gap, by developing a novel, intelligent wearable system, ‘Wear-Heart’,…

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Dr Mahdokht Shaibani

Lecturer in Chemical and Environmental Engineering, RMIT University There are rising environmental, humanitarian, and supply chain concerns regarding the production of the seriously mineral-intensive Lithium-ion battery technology. This is a call for supporting battery technologies. I make Lithium-Sulfur batteries with no risk of supply disruption and considerably less CO2 footprint. The greener and more sustainable…

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Dr Wolfgang Marx

Almost half of Australians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime, resulting in a staggering human and economic cost. While the last decade has seen substantial efforts to reduce stigma and increase access to sorely needed treatment, the population burden of depression and anxiety has not reduced and may indeed be increasing during the…

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Prof Tianyi Ma

Professor of Chemistry at School of Science in RMIT University The popular technology to utilise solar energy is the solar cells that absorb sunlight and convert it into electricity. However, solar cells need quite expensive materials to build, and they are usually difficult to recycle, while the solar electricity needs to be stored in batteries…

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Dr. Jake Linardon

National Health and Medical Research Council Investigator Grant (EL1) at Deakin University Eating disorders are potentially life-threatening conditions if left untreated. Unfortunately, nearly 80% of people with eating disorders do not have access to evidence-based treatment for reasons related to high cost, limited therapist availability, and privacy and stigma concerns. Dr. Linardon’s research involves capitalizing…

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A/Prof Nicole Kiss

Clinical Associate Professor and Victorian Cancer Agency Nursing and Allied Health Clinical Research Fellow at Deakin University A staggering 1 in 3 people with cancer are malnourished. People with cancer-related malnutrition are more likely to die sooner, have poorer quality of life and are less likely to complete their cancer treatment. Yet, cancer-related malnutrition is…

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Dr Julie Karel

Senior Lecturer, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Monash University Information technology (IT) devices consume about 8% of global electricity, and this percentage is set to double every 10 years. The many smart electronic devices that we use every day (e.g., smart phones, tablets, laptops) contribute substantially to climate change, and as our world becomes…

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Dr Michelle Jongenelis

The University of Melbourne Research Field: Health Promotion Health conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes are leading causes of ill health and premature death in Australia. Half of all Australians have at least one chronic disease and a substantial minority have multiple. The impact of these conditions on quality of life…

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Dr Helen Green

Research Fellow in Rock Art Dating, The University of Melbourne What is the problem you are trying to address? My research is focused on adapting and developing techniques to characterize and radiometrically date layered mineral coatings found in association with Indigenous rock art in Australia’s Kimberley region. These coatings, identified across the region, also hold…

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