• Question: What question or challenge were you setting out to address when you started your work?

    Asked by Minimacman to Sylvia, Sumit, Martin, Kate, Bryony, Aryanne on 12 Mar 2019. This question was also asked by TTV EPICGAMERS.
    • Photo: Sumit Konar

      Sumit Konar answered on 12 Mar 2019:


      I always want to do research that solves global problem by using low cost materials. My research should not use very complicated experimental set up. However, it not always that simple.

      Example 1: In one of my project I am trying to kill bacteria in water by using sunlight and a cheap catalyst. The catalyst can be used many times.

      Example 2: I try to make better anti-cancer drug using high pressure technology. The pressure I am using is 3000 times more than atmospheric pressure; it is quite high pressure, but still can be achievable in normal industrial set up.

    • Photo: Martin McCoustra

      Martin McCoustra answered on 12 Mar 2019:


      I guess the key challenge was to understand the role played by dust surfaces in mediating the chemistry of the regions in space where stars and planets form.

    • Photo: Kate McGonagle

      Kate McGonagle answered on 13 Mar 2019:


      We set out to find a treatment for Chagas disease which is cause by the parasite trypanosoma cruzi! There are currently many people suffering from this disease so to find a new medicine would be amazing!

    • Photo: Sylvia Soldatou

      Sylvia Soldatou answered on 13 Mar 2019:


      we are trying to find new antibiotics. Curerntly the pathogens responsible for human, plant, animal infections are resistant to the antibiotics we have in the market. we are trying to adress this challenge by discovering new compounds from marine organisms with antibiotic activity!

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