The 2013 Victoria Prizes for Science and Innovation have been awarded to
Professor Hollenberg's groundbreaking work heralds a new era of nanoscale magnetic imaging through the application of quantum sensing technology to the nanoscale detection of magnetic fields. His team achieved a million fold increase in sensitivity and resolution compared to conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology.
It has the potential to revolutionize sensing and imaging of processes within living cells, as it is now at the atomic and molecular level.
Delighted to receive the award Professor Hollenberg said "This research has sparked considerable international interest as it merges interdisciplinary fields like quantum physics, chemistry, bio-engineering, material science and biology."
Professor Hollenberg is Deputy Director of the
Professor Cowman's research program on the malaria parasite has shown how it circumvents some drug treatments by its ability to act as a molecular chameleon. His work points the way towards better drug treatment and vaccine development against this parasite that kills hundreds of thousands of people every year.
The award ceremony was hosted by the Victorian State Government through the Veski program.
The Victoria Prize, worth
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