• Question: is there any projects that you have been working on that would change the world??

    Asked by Zoha to Sylvia, Sumit, Martin, Kate on 13 Mar 2019.
    • Photo: Martin McCoustra

      Martin McCoustra answered on 13 Mar 2019:

      I suspect not… but it might change the way we understanding how certain aspects of the Universe work!

    • Photo: Sumit Konar

      Sumit Konar answered on 13 Mar 2019:

      I am working on several interesting projects; they have potentials to make strong impact.
      Example 1: I am trying to use sunlight to kill bacteria in polluted water, I am using some catalyst to do that.
      Example 2: I am trying to use sunlight to cook food in a solar cooker; the sunlight can be stored as heat in the material, and can be used to cook food at night.
      Example 3: I also trying to make new pharmaceutical drug; already made one anti-cancer drug.

    • Photo: Kate McGonagle

      Kate McGonagle answered on 13 Mar 2019:

      I think so yeah! I’m looking for new treatments for diseases where there is an unmet medical need. If we were successful it would have a huge impact on the people’s lives who are currently suffering! That could change the world in many ways.

    • Photo: Sylvia Soldatou

      Sylvia Soldatou answered on 13 Mar 2019:

      All the projects that I am involved in have the same goal: to discover new molecules from marine organism that have promising biological activity. Curerntly I am working on a project trying to isolate new antibiotic compounds from fungi collected in Egypt. My colleagues in the lab are also trying to find new anti-cancer and anti-viral molecules as well as compounds that can kill parasites that cause diseases such as malaria