Congratulations to Associate Professors Daniela Traini and Paul Young for their success in Australian Research Council grants - Discovery project and Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF).
Details of the grants are as below:
Traini, A/Prof Daniela; Spicer, A/Prof Patrick T; Young, A/Prof Paul M
The aim of this project is to develop a particle engineering technology, based on microfluidics, that results in micro- droplets with controlled geometry and morphology. These Smartdrops will be used to target respiratory macrophages for the delivery of inflammatory suppressants, since their dimensions can be controlled to optimise lung deposition and macrophage recognition. The project aims to develop an aerosol inhaler and a series of physico-chemical and in vitro characterisation tools that will be used to study Smartdrop formation, aerosol properties and their interactions with cells. The outcome of this project is intended to be the development of a technology for treating chronic lung inflammation which could also be utilised for a number of other commercial applications.
Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities:
Jin, A/Prof Dayong; Monro, Prof Tanya M; Braet, A/Prof Filip C; Gibson, Dr Brant C; Paulsen,
Prof Ian T; Traini, A/Prof Daniela; Hutchinson, A/Prof Mark R; Greentree, A/Prof Andrew D;
Chung, Prof Roger; Young, A/Prof Paul M; Willows, A/Prof Robert D; Lu, Dr Yiqing
National live cell scanning platform for nanoparticle tracking: The aim of the project is to establish a multi-disciplinary, multi-user, self-correlated scanning facility to reach a new level of temporal and spatial precision for real-time tracking and quantification of biomolecules and nanoparticles within large populations of living cells. The facility will consist of a live-cell spinning-disc confocal microscope, a correlated biological atomic force microscope, and remote access facilities. It is expected that with superior optical characterisation and mechanical manipulation, the automated orthogonal scanning facility will open new avenues to reveal unprecedented information from biological and pathological processes. The collaborative facility will support world-class researchers in the multi-disciplinary areas of physical, material and life sciences, placing Australia at the forefront of nanoscale biophotonics.