Professor Elena Ivanova is Distinguished Professor at RMIT's School of Science. She received PhD from the Institute of Microbiology and Virology, Ukraine; ScD from the Pacific Institute of Bio-organic Chemistry, Russian Federation; JD from the University of Melbourne; GradDip from the Law Institute, Victoria. Professor Ivanova worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, Japan; Visiting Researcher at the Center of Marine Biotechnology, University of Maryland; Visiting Professor at Hokkaido University, Japan; Cambridge University, UK and Institut Charles, Sadron, CNRS, France; she joined Swinburne University of Technology in 2001 and moved to RMIT University in 2018. Professor Ivanova is recipient of AIST and JSPS Fellowships, Japan; UNESCO Biotechnology Fellowship; Research Excellence Award of the Governor of Primorye; Prominent Young Doctor of Science Award of Russian Federation, Morrison Rogosa Award from American Society for Microbiology, U.S.A, Australian Museum Eureka 2017 for Scientific Research, etc.
She has published two books and edited 3 more , 26 book chapters, 4 patents, in excess of 300 research papers with 12700 citations, her h-factor is 55. The research interests are focusing on design, fabrication and operation of planar micro-devices; immobilization of bio-molecules and micro-organisms in micro/nano/environments, bacterial taxonomy, microbial interactions with macro/micro/nano-structured surfaces, biomaterials, and mechano-bactericidal biomimetic nanostructured surfaces.
Dr. Arturo Aburto-Medina is a Research officer at the School of Science at RMIT University. He obtained his PhD from the University of Essex, UK. He has conducted postdoctoral studies in University of California Irvine, Flinders University and has held lecturing positions at UAM and ITESM. His research interests include drug discovery, conservation of the environment, the bioremediation of contaminated sites and the fabrication & optimisation of antimicrobial surfaces.
Denver Linklater holds a BSc and BComm from Swinburne University of Technology. She completed a PhD in nanotechnology in 2019 from the same university. Her PhD research focused on the development of novel antimicrobial nanostructured surface patterns. Denver currently holds a position as a post-doctoral research fellow at RMIT. She is employed on an industrial linkage project between RMIT university and Japanese company Kaiteki Inc. Her current research interests include the design and synthesis of nanomaterials for novel antimicrobial technologies, stem cell culture, tissue regeneration and medical device design.
Duy completed his PhD at Swinburne University of Technology in 2019. His research interests include: bacterial interaction on polymeric material and the bio-nano interaction that occur at the bacterial cell-surface interface.
Phuc graduated as a BSc in Biotechnology from International University – Vietnam National University. During his bachelor, he achieved the Mitacs Globalink Research Internship Scholarship as a research intern at Simon Fraser University, Canada. Recently, Phuc has been awarded a full scholarship from ARC Steel research Hub cooperating with BlueScope Steel Australia to start his PhD journey at RMIT University in Applied Physics. His project aims to provide a better understanding about fungal attachment and biofilm formation on surfaces in order to design robust nanostructured surfaces with long term antifungal properties.
Karol is a Materials Engineer (CEFET/MG- Brazil) who recently enrolled at RMIT as a PhD student in Applied Physics. Her strengths include metallic materials and their microstructural and mechanical characterization. From 2015 to 2017, she was awarded the Brazilian scholarship “Science Without Borders”, which allowed her an exchange in Australia at Monash University (Materials Science and Engineering department) and completed two semesters of her undergraduate degree there. She also completed a three-month internship over the summer at New Horizons Research Centre, with Dr. Nick Birbilis. She’s recently joined Elena Ivanova's research group to work with the design and fabrication of nano-structured antibacterial metallic surfaces as well as evaluate bacterial and cell adhesion on these surfaces.
Sandy graduated from National Taiwan University in 2019 with master’s degree in Chemical Engineering. She is currently a PhD student at Swinburne University of Technology and with ARC Centre in Surface Engineering for Advanced Materials (SEAM). Recently, her project aims to develop multifunctional coatings via thermal spray techniques for long-term antimicrobial purposes. Mixture, or multiple layers of coatings of polymers, nanoparticles, transition metallic materials with antibacterial activities will be used for functionalization of various substrates to achieve multi-defensive lines toward microbes. As considering for long-term orthopaedic implants, a time-controlled drug releasing system represents a promising strategy to optimize the system. Embedding crystallized nano/micro-structured drug into coatings will also be performed in this study.
Acknowledgement of country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer