Yinghui (Yvonne) Chen, is a postdoctoral research fellow in the IDEAL Research Hub. Before joining the hub, she obtained her PhD at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Her PhD research focuses on developing methods of lab-based molecular biomarker monitoring for disease diagnosis. Yvonne is currently working with Minomic International Pty Ltd on industry led projects developing and transferring the lab-based molecular assay into clinical application, to realise a more precise and sensitive prostate cancer diagnosis.
DALE E. OTTEN – ALCOLIZER
Dale E. Otten is a Research Fellow within the Laser Physics and Photonics Devices Laboratory (LPPDL) and ARC IDEAL Research Hub node at the University of South Australia (UniSA), and is also CEO of the laser manufacturer Red Chip Photonics (RCP). Dale obtained a BSc. (Hons) in Chemistry from the University of Adelaide (UoA), he then spent several years in industry developing ion selective electrodes for analytical medical instruments in Seattle, WA, USA. In 2010 he obtained his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley, in the ultrafast nonlinear spectroscopy of liquid-vapor interfaces. He then spent 6 years at Coherent Scientific in Adelaide, Australia successfully servicing the research laser market in both a business development and technical capacity. In 2016 Dale joined RCP as its CEO and is actively commercialising the outputs of the LPPDL, in tandem with developing a hand-held spectroscopic breathalyser device.
HAMID ILBEYGI – ULVAC
Hamid Ilbeygi completed his Bachelor in Chemical Engineering in Irans’ University of Science and Technology (IUST), moving to University of Technology Malaysia (UTM) to do his Master in Chemical Engineering. Hamid continued his research in Advanced Membrane Technology Centre (AMTEC) and graduated with the best graduate student award from UTM. Soon after his graduation, he accepted a new role in University of Malaya (UM) to work as a research assistant. He started his PhD at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN), the University of Queensland with the prestigious IPRS scholarship and later he moved to Future Industries Institute (FII), University of South Australia together with his supervisor to continue his research. He recently completed his PhD on design and synthesis of multifunctional nanoporous heteropolyacids for energy storage applications
KRISHANTHI JAYASUNDERA – SURGICAL DIAGNOSTICS
Krishanthi graduated from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka with a honours degree in Chemistry. She received both a Masters and PhD in Chemistry from Kanazawa University, Japan. After her PhD she moved to New Zealand and worked as a post-doctoral researcher and a Senior Research Officer at Massey University for nearly 16 years. During this period, she was involved in various research projects focused on the chemical synthesis and analysis of architecturally interesting molecules which have biological, environmental and/or medicinal significance. After moving to Sydney, she worked at Macquarie University in the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences. Her research focused on vibrational circular dichroism along with other spectroscopic methods for the structure and function analysis of chiral molecules. She has published over 30 research articles in different international journals and conference proceedings. She has also edited conference proceedings and books.
GILES KIRBY – INDEE LABS
Giles is a translational scientist with a keen interest in cell therapies. Giles brings a decade of experience in advancing the science that underpins translational regenerative and cell therapies by identifying and tackling the bottlenecks from bench-to-bedside. He made the transition from chemistry into a biological field, positioning himself to address the key challenges relating to biomaterials and biotechnology developments. His primary area of interest is currently gene technologies. Giles maintains a cross-disciplinary skillset with side interests in plasma polymers, radiophysics and electronic interfacing (hardware & software development). He is keen to apply his knowledge and understanding in advancing the Indee gene delivery system.
AMANI ALGHALAYINI – SURGICAL DIAGNOSTICS
Amani Alghalayini is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), the Molecular Biosciences team. She has received her Bachler and Master degree in Biological Medical Sciences. Her research interest lies in understanding cell-electrode interfaces and optimal architecture for developing ion switches nano-biosensor for cell detection utilizing the tethered bilayer lipid membranes in conjunction with electrical impedance spectroscopy technologies.