Dr Carlo Bradac joins the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) under the Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow Scheme. He will be working in close collaboration with A/Prof Igor Aharonovich and Prof Dayong Jin, in conjunction with the Material Technology for Energy Efficiency (MTEE) team, the Initiative for Biomedical Devices (IBMD) and the Integrated Device for End-user Analysis at Low-level (IDEAL) Research Hub.
At UTS, Carlo’s research will focus on harnessing the properties of nanomaterials and near-resonant optical trapping for biomedical applications. His idea is to exploit quantum mechanics to produce superior, quantum-enabled sensors for high-resolution biomedical imaging and tracking. One of the prime – yet unreached – goals of biomedical science and therapeutics is the ability to probe biological processes down to the single-molecule scale, in vivo, and under relevant physiological time scales. This matters because at the most fundamental level human physiology is the result of complex actions of single proteins such as enzymes, motor proteins, DNA or RNA molecules; so understanding these mechanisms could lead to new avenues to improve human health.
The short-term goals of Dr Bradac’s research include the realisation of improved/alternative methods for bio-imaging, drug-delivery and DNA sequencing, while long-term objectives stretch over the development of enhanced pathogens tracing techniques and the pioneering of new strategies for early detection of diseases.”