ANU scientist named a Westpac research fellow—6 April 2016

ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher, Nanoscientist Dr Antonio Tricoli from The Australian National University (ANU), has won a prized Westpac Research Fellowship for his pioneering work on wearable technology that can help fight skin cancer and melanoma. His project aims to develop wearable technology, by exploiting the unique properties of nanoparticles to build low-cost UV-light detectors, which can be worn in devices such as smart watches or sport and protective equipment to warn people when they have had too much exposure to the sun and ultra-violet light. ANU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Brian Schmidt, said Dr Tricoli’s work could help save thousands of lives in Australia and lower the high rates of skin cancer and melanoma—Australia has 12,500 new cases and 1,500 deaths from melanoma each year. “On behalf of the University, I congratulate Dr Tricoli on winning a Westpac Research Fellowship, which is Australia’s most valuable privately-funded fellowship for early career researchers,” Professor Schmidt said.

Image: Dr Antonio Tricoli (L) and PhD candidate Noushin Nasiri in the lab.
Image credit: Stuart Hay, ANU.

Original Published Date: 
Wednesday, April 6, 2016