ISAC Marylou Ingram Scholar Wins Top Australian Science Prize
November 1, 2017
Professor Dayong Jin, one of ISAC's very own Marylou Ingram Scholars, has been awarded the Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Watching the Processes of Life
Dayong Jin, University of Technology Sydney—Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year
We need new ways to detect the early stages of disease and cancer. Dayong Jin believes the key is for physicists, biologists, engineers and doctors to work together. And that’s what he’s doing with his team at the University of Technology Sydney.
He has created new kinds of microscopes that allow us to watch molecules at work inside living cells. Using quantum dots, lasers, nanocrystals and other technologies, these microscopes will allow us to watch the inner workings of our immune system, see how bacteria become resistant to antibiotics, and to find one cancer cell amongst millions of healthy cells. He’s working with Olympus to commercialise his inventions.
But his personal vision goes much further.
He believes that his technologies will enable portable, easy to use devices to detect the first signs of disease, evidence of drugs, or of toxins in food and the environment. With the support of the Australian Research Council he’s working to give Australian companies the opportunity to create these new devices.
For creating new technologies to image the processes of life, Professor Dayong Jin has received the $50,000 Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year.