Last Monday we were honoured and proud to have a past graduate of PCS offer to come and speak to our Senior Science students. Dr Martin Stewart (B.Sc maj. Nanotechnology, Biology: Cell Biophysics/ Mechanics), graduated from PCS in 2001 and has travelled the world studying and researching in Dresden Germany, Zurich Switzerland and the United States. He has finally come home to lecture and continue his exciting research at UTS.
The students and staff thoroughly enjoyed his visit, and found his talk very helpful. For some, it confirmed that they wanted to pursue a path to a Science career, and some Year 10 students stayed back to ask questions about what subjects would be helpful to choose.
‘My current research interests are in cell manipulation and analysis, specifically in the areas of intracellular delivery and cell biophysics. Intracellular delivery is a foundational technology for cell engineering applications such as gene and cell-based therapy. Prior to joining UTS in 2018, I completed postdoctoral fellowships with the Swiss National Science Foundation (Switzerland) and the Life Sciences Research Foundation (USA). Grants from the American Australian Association and the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT gave me the opportunity to pursue my interest in cell response to membrane-based intracellular delivery methods, such as microfluidic cell squeezing and electroporation. Currently, I am a research Group Leader and Lecturer in the Faculty of Science, School of Life Sciences.’ Martin Stewart