Research student mines cancer detection

Jeremy Duczynski at work in the University of WA laboratory.
Jeremy Duczynski at work in the University of WA laboratory.

Thanks to a $3000 WA Cancer Council vacation scholarship, Jeremy researched gold nano-particles as an optical contrast in identifying tumour margins.

The University of WA School of Chemistry and Biochemistry student wanted to better distinguish between some types of healthy tissue and tumours.

While the gold nano-particles were an ineffective contrast agent, he created a new contrast agent ” iron oxide ceded with gold nano-particles.

‘The scholarship was great experience before starting my honours (in nanotechnology),’ he said.

The Cancer Council education-research director Terry Slavin said the program supported the best and brightest cancer researchers at all stages of their careers.