Fresh Science 2016

Announcing the 2016 Freshies

New South Wales

  • Katelyn Edge, Office of Environment and Heritage – Clear as mud: contaminated sediments toxic to oysters
  • Kyle Ewart, University of Sydney (and Australian Museum) – Rapid and robust species identification of rhinoceros horn
  • Teagan Gale, UNSW – The step-parent trap: conflict in the mouse household
  • Sadia Mahboob, Macquarie University – Making a mark on early colorectal cancer detection
  • Lidia Matesic, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation – Miniature plumbing fast-tracks radiopharmaceutical development
  • Minal Menezes, Metabolic Research Unit/Kids Research Institute (KRI), University of Sydney – Unraveling genetic disease mysteries: a path to personalised medicine
  • Alex Patton, UNSW – Conductive cardiac patches: mending broken hearts
  • Martin Ploschner, Macquarie University – Sculpturing light at the tip of a needle
  • Mark Polizzotto, UNSW – Immune system boost offers new HIV-related cancer hope
  • Jelena Rnjak-Kovacina, UNSW – Blood supply: the missing piece of the bioartificial organ puzzle
  • Babak Sarrafpour, University of Sydney – Potential role for bite forces in tooth eruption
  • Edward Waters, University of Notre Dame – Possums: furry friend or filthy foe?
  • Michael Widjaja, University of Technology Sydney – Employing cleavage as a distraction


  • Caitlin Brandenburg, The University of Queensland – The CommFit™ app, a pedometer for talking
  • Farhad Fatehi, CSIRO – mHealth (Mobile Health) for diabetes
  • Brian Forde, The University of Queensland – Resistance gene driving the evolution of pan-drug resistance
  • Daniel Harvie, Griffith University, Recover Injury Research Centre – Can pain sensitivity be learned?
  • Amy Jones, Eskitis Institute for Drug Discovery, Griffith University – New drug to fight neglected tropical disease
  • Joanna Kristoffersen, University of the Sunshine Coast – Rapid diagnosis of Hendra virus
  • Leila Matindoost, The University of Queensland – P35-Enhanced insect cell line increases the yield of baculovirus
  • Amanda Neilen, Griffith University – Defining what controls cow urine leaching into waterways
  • Sohinee Sarkar, Queensland University of Technology – Sticky fingers: E. coli superbug’s biofilm-forming weapon!
  • Eleanor Velasquez, Queensland University of Technology – Pumice rafting: a hitchhiker’s guide to marine biodiversity


  • Kathleen Beggs, Deakin University – Doing chemistry with carbon fibre in a microwave
  • George Chen, the University of Melbourne – When ‘WHEY’ no longer equals waste
  • Eric Pui Fung Chow, Alfred Health – HPV infection reduction in young men
  • Enrico Della Gaspera, RMIT University – Researchers unlock new materials using (powerful) camera flashes
  • Muhammad Awais Javed, Swinburne University of Technology – Do microorganisms eat metals?
  • Yugeesh Lankadeva, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health – The hidden culprit behind kidney failure in sepsis
  • Han Lin, Swinburne University of Technology – Store energy in graphene thin film
  • Chun Hin Ng, Monash University – Plastics, Shining the Way for Hydrogen Power
  • Berkay Ozcelik, CSIRO – Invisible films and pumped-up cells cure blindness!
  • Jaclyn Pearson, Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity at the University of Melbourne – Never say die: sneaky, sweet talking bacteria
  • Samuel Skinner, the University of Melbourne – Pushing s#!t – improving wastewater filtration
  • Amy Winship, Hudson Institute of Medical Research – Novel fertility-preserving treatment for women with uterine cancer

Western Australia

  • Lucy Forman, Curtin University – Subtle secrets of the Solar System
  • Bonnie Furzer, University of Western Australia – Strength and hyper mobility in children
  • Tegan Grace, University of Notre Dame – Maternal hypertension and preeclampsia affect longitudinal motor development
  • Christine Groom, University of Western Australia – Community of Perth can help save Carnaby’s cockatoo
  • Diego Milani, University of Notre Dame – Neuroprotective properties of poly-arginine peptides
  • Charlotte Oskam, Murdoch University – The hidden bacterial world in Australian ticks
  • Alison Ritchie, Curtin University – Pollinators are vital for reconnecting Perth’s threatened woodlands
  • Favil Singh, Edith Cowan University – Benefits of exercise done before prostate cancer surgery
  • Erica Suosaari, Bush Heritage Australia – Stromatolite provinces of Hamelin Pool

South Australia

  • Mona Awadalla, Flinders University – Genetic cause of small eyes found by Adelaide scientists
  • Karen Best, South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute – Fishing for a way to prevent allergy
  • Eriita Jones, University of South Australia – A global map of surface materials on Mars
  • Anna Leonard, University of Adelaide – Take the pressure down: new targets for spinal trauma
  • Ramkrishna Nirola, University of South Australia – Green and Gold actually comes out more than that !
  • Stephanie Plummer, University of Adelaide – Natural molecule helps brain heal itself after trauma!
  • Malcolm Purdey, University of Adelaide – Sensors for Healthier Hearts and Babies
  • Stephanie Shepheard, Flinders University – Urine holds the key to motor neuron disease
  • Hannah Wardill, University of Adelaide – TLR4: the new pain in the gut for cancer patients
  • Sharon Zivkovic, University of South Australia – Addressing societies most wicked problems with complexity science

We’re judging the NSW nominations now and will announce the 2016 Fresh Scientists for that state soon.

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