Curtin student’s cancer innovation wins award

Kira Molloy. Photo: Supplied
Kira Molloy. Photo: Supplied

A CURTIN University student has been recognised for developing medical software to identify tumours more efficiently.

Kira Molloy, 19, created the program during an industry placement at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, undertaken as part of her Curtin course.

The software enables researchers and pathologists to view images from OCT scans (imagery that shows the tissue structure underneath the surface of the skin) and compare it to histology scans (imagery that shows the microscopic tissue structure).

Ms Molloy was recently awarded the Peter Fillery Best Undergraduate Tertiary Student Project of the Year at the WAITTA INCITE Awards for creating and coding this new user-friendly program.

Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry congratulated Ms Molloy on receiving the award and creating the innovative program.

“Ms Molloy is a true champion for women in the science, technology, engineering and mathematical fields and continues to inspire and make a difference, so her recognition with this award is truly deserved,” Professor Terry said.

“Ms Molloy is a great role model for younger students and I look forward to seeing more of her achievements in what will undoubtedly be a successful career into the future.”

Ms Molloy said she was proud of the program she created as it turned a once labour-intensive process into a more efficient one.

The WAITTA (Western Australian Information Technology and Telecommunications Alliance) INCITE Awards are Western Australia’s premier awards event in the information and communications technology industry.