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Dr Shelley Wickham

Class Year: 2018

Scholarship: Research Fellowship

University: The University of Sydney

Dr Shelley Wickham

Class Year: 2018

Scholarship: Research Fellowship

University: The University of Sydney

Scholarship Project

Blood clot formation on medical device surfaces is the leading cause of their failure. We can’t prevent this, because we don’t understand how it happens. Dr Wickham will build new nanostructures out of DNA, integrate them into larger devices, and use this platform to understand clotting and ultimately design better surfaces.

Biography

My first passion is interdisciplinary research – taking tools and techniques from physics and nanotechnology, and using them to find new ways to understand biology and make discoveries that can impact human health. I also love building things – and I use a technique called ‘DNA origami’ that is like building with Lego - on the molecular scale. With DNA we can make custom molecules in any shape, which can also change shape and move. Using these DNA Lego blocks, I’m working to make nanoscale tools – tweezers, spanners, wrenches and springs – to understand biology.

Skills & Expertise

  • DNA nanotechnology
  • Self-assembly
  • Single-molecule
  • Biology Biophysics
  • Molecular motors

This Westpac Scholarship gives me the independence to pursue the research I am most passionate about, and for me, it is most exciting because it gives me the chance to interact with the amazing network of current, past and future Westpac Fellows.


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