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The past shapes the future.

Winning the Australia-APEC Women in Research Fellowship

The Australia−APEC Women in Research Fellowship is funded by the Department of Education and Training to provide financial support for high achieving female researchers from developing APEC economies to pursue research opportunities in partnership with Australian education and research institutions.

Out of 44 submitted project proposals, the organization chose only 10 winners. I will have the opportunity to carry out my research in the Institute of Frontier Materials in Deakin University under the supervision of Dr. Joe Razal.  The project aims to identify alternative solutions for testing water quality and remediation. We employ gold, silver and graphene as potential materials for this task due to their individually strong qualifications in sensing applications. Au/Ag - Graphene incorporated in robust fibers is a viable platform for multifunctional, low-cost, and rapid environmental sensors.

With the added research training, I can be a much better mentor to my students, which I consider ​one of my​ primary ​roles​.

If you are interested in applying for the fellowship, you can find more information here. The call is announced in February.

01 September 2017

My former PhD supervisor joins SPP Physics Conference

It was such an honor to host my former supervisor, Hari Srikanth during the last Samahang Pisika ng Pilipinas Conference. The conference was held at Bayfront Hotel in the beautiful island of Cebu last June 7 - 10, 2017. Hari delivered a plenary presentation on the various configurations of magnetic nanoparticles that are being investigated by his group for hyperthermia treatment of cancer cells. The talk was well received.


Hari was my supervisor during my Functional Materials Lab days at the University of South Florida.  The last time we saw each other was back in 2009 when I graduated from USF and before my family moved to Canada. He was kind enough to accept my invitation to be a plenary speaker. He was also brave and patient enough to endure the long flight from Tampa, to Atlanta, to Singapore, to Manila and finally to Cebu! Whew! I really felt so special. 

I got to play tour guide with the other foreign participants and visited the historical landmarks in Cebu.  I have to read up on my Philippine history if I want to be an effective tour guide in the future.  Well, I hope to have Hari as a frequent visitor to Manila as we setup the Nanotechnology Workshop in the next couple of months.

See you in the next SPP in Puerto Princesa, Palawan!

10 June 2017

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