Cell colour technology wins Eureka Prize

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 31:  Professor Ewa Goldys and Mr Martin Gosnall are presented with ANSTO Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology at the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes 2016 at Sydney Town Hall on August 31, 2016 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ewa Goldys; Martin Gosnall

Professor Ewa Goldys with fellow award winner Dr Martin Gosnell, at last week’s Eureka Prizes.


Professor Ewa Goldys from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics has won the ANSTO ‘Innovative Use of Technology’ award at the 2016 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes, together with research colleague Dr Martin Gosnell.

Professor Goldys and the team were recognised for their innovative colour-focused research, able to distinguish between healthy and diseased cells, in areas as diverse as embryology, neurodegeneration, cancer and diabetes.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be awarded this prize out of such a high-quality field of researchers and scientists,” said Professor Goldys following the Eureka announcement.

“The hyperspectral imaging technique pioneered by our team lets us successfully extract specific biomolecular information hidden in fluorescent colour signatures of living cells and tissues.”

Professor Goldys explained that with this research, a new window into the body had been opened.

“Through the approach we are taking, incorporating leading-edge microscopes, ‘big data’ and the high processing speeds of modern computers, we are able to noninvasively and rapidly detect major health conditions, across a wide variety of areas.”

The 2016 Eureka Prizes were held last week at Sydney Town Hall to reward excellence in research and innovation, science communication and journalism, leadership and school science.

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  1. Congratulations Ewa. This is great recognition of you work and well-deserved.
    Macquarie’s other Eureka finalist (Dr Emilie Ens in Environmental Science) also leads a great initiative in Citizen Science.

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