Higher Degree Research students

Siddharth Rawat

Siddharth's PhD is exploring the potential of machine learning and digital holographic microscopy for analysing cells, colloids, and more.

Daniel Loo

Daniel's Masters project is about the aggregation of vesicles, and their response to challenging environmental conditions.

Lauren Lowe

Lauren's PhD project involves regulating the nutrient flow of model primitive cells and artificial cells.

Honours Students

Ziyan Fan

Ziyan is working on cell division and membrane fusion.

Khushi Daga

Khushi is working on the impact of prebiotic chemicals on the physics of silica deposition.

Thomas Deighan

Thomas is using holographic imaging to characterise microbe stress.


Juan Trius Bejar

Juan is working with Siddharth on automating pollen detecting using machine learning and holography, and making diffusion measurements of particles in passive baths.

Research Assistants

Yaam Deckel

Yaam is working on micropipette aspiration, and vesicle hemifusion.

Lan Tran

Lan is working on precision quantification of vesicle properties using holography.

Rifah Riyadh

Rifah is working with Lauren on measuring the permeability of vesicles.

Group leader

Dr Anna Wang
Scientia Senior Lecturer and ARC DECRA Fellow

  • BSc (Adv H1M), The University of Sydney (2009)

  • SM in Applied Physics, Harvard University (2013)

  • PhD in Applied Physics, Harvard University (2016)

  • NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow in Astrobiology at Massachusetts General Hospital (2016-2018)

Biography here


Omar Khamis

Omar was an undergraduate researcher and research assistant who worked on light-scattering assays for vesicle permeability in 2019-2020. As of 2020 he is now working at Saudi Aramco.

Jenane Konesan

Jena graduated first class with a degree in Medicinal Chemistry (Hons). Jena was exploring the potential of fatty acids for enhanced transdermal drug delivery.

Jonathan Wendoloski

Jono was working on using machine learning to mitigate noise in holograms.

Storm Drury

Storm was working on 3D printing a portable holographic microscope.

Greta Paget

Greta was helping assemble an optical tweezer setup on the holographic microscope.

Matthew Turner and James Luong

Matthew and James were summer students working on using holographic microscopy to quantify diffusion and vesicle loading

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