Researchers from UNSW investigating nanomedicine, smart plastics, cellular biology and the physics of the early universe, have won four of the eight NSW Science and Engineering Awards for 2013.
NSW Chief Scientist Professor
The award for Excellence in Engineering and Information and Communications Technologies was given to Professor
Stenzel is an ARC Future Fellow and the co-director of the
Her research group is focused on making plastic nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery, with a couple of systems in development for pancreatic cancer and metastatic breast cancer. She has twice been a finalist for Eureka Prizes.
The award for Excellence in Mathematics, Earth Sciences, Chemistry and Physics was given to Professor
By studying distant quasars, his team has made the extraordinary finding that the laws of physics may vary across the cosmos.
This research could explain why it was possible for life as we know it to develop in this particular region of the universe rather than elsewhere. In 2012 his team won the Eureka Prize for
The award for
Gooding has pioneered the development of cutting-edge chemical sensors and biosensors, which have applications for environmental monitoring, drug testing, personalised medicine and detection of water contamination. He won the Eureka Prize for
"Utilising his expertise in surface chemistry, Gooding has stimulated a paradigm shift in sensor research through the design and fabrication of sensing interfaces with molecular level control," the award citation states.
The award for Excellence in Biological Sciences was given to Professor
The overarching goal of her research is to determine the relationship between specialised cell membrane structures and the signalling pathways that determine cell function in health and disease.
She has pioneered fluorescence microscopy approaches to examine and quantify T-cell signalling on a single molecule level (so-called 'superresolution microscopy') in living cells, and research has provided the first evidence for lipids being linked to T-cell activation on a molecular and functional level.
For the first time in the Awards' six-year history, a husband and wife, Professors Gooding and Gaus, were among the winners.
The overall winner was Laureate Professor
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