Professor Ewa Goldys is internationally renowned for the development and applications of advanced fluorescence techniques to biomedicine, nanotechnology and advanced materials. Her pioneering discovery of a unique molecularly specific fluorescence “fingerprint” of cellular metabolism was recognised in 2016 with an Australian Museum Eureka Prize. Her first description of fluorescent upconverting Gd2O3 nanoparticles opened a new field of inquiry of nanoscale upconversion, and her landmark contributions to understanding their record brightness have led to next-generation cellular diagnostics. Industrial translation of my research in advanced electronic materials has had a major impact on energy-efficient LED lighting, by underpinning two commercial production methods of gallium nitride. Her leadership has consolidated the optics and biomedical communities and helped build internationally prominent biophotonics research in Australia. A culmination of this work was the establishment of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale Biophotonics where she played a pivotal role as founding Deputy Director. She has also led the formation of collaborative clusters of academic institutions and companies to enhance research capabilities and innovation in her fields of fluorescence, nanotechnology and biophotonics. Broad recognition of her research excellence is exemplified by publications in elite journals (Adv. Mat, JACS, Nat. Nanotech., Nat. Photonics, Nat. Comm., Adv Funct. Mat), approximately 5,000 citations of her ~ 300 publications to date (citation growth by a factor of 2.7 in the last 5 years), international Fellowship of the Optical Society, Fellowship of SPIE, key international society for optics and photonics, and Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.
Research partnerships are held with with Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Peking University and Jilin University in China, City University London, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Southampton (SOTON), University Health Network and University of Toronto, and Institute of Photonic Technology, Jena.
Professor Goldys strives to to be a role model for women in senior leadership, and she is proud of nurturing of next generation of data-literate STEM research leaders (over 30 have been mentored).
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