CNBP Deputy Director, Prof. Ewa Goldys
CNBP Deputy Director, Prof. Ewa Goldys

Cell colour technology

Professor Ewa Goldys of Macquarie University’s node of the Centre for Nanoscale Biophotonics and Dr Martin Gosnell of Quantitative Pty Ltd have won the 2016 ANSTO Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology.

This is a great recognition of their work in enabling colour to be used as a uniquely powerful diagnostic tool in medicine. Goldys and Gosnell use modern day microscopes and powerful computer analysis to explore the subtle colour differentiations of cells and tissue, down to a molecular level.

“With our pioneering hyperspectral imaging technique we are able to unveil the biomolecular composition of cells and their nanoscale contents,” said Ewa Goldys, Deputy Director of the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) and Professor at Macquarie University.

“This lets us distinguish between healthy and diseased cells in areas as diverse as embryology, neurodegeneration, cancer and diabetes. Key is the great potential of this technology to impact positively on lives – supporting clinicians in making improved diagnosis and health decisions for patients.”

The Eureka Prizes are presented by the Australian Museum and reward excellence in research and innovation, science communication and journalism, leadership and school science.

Watch their finalist video: