Women of the Future semi-finalist

Science and nanotechnology postgraduate student Elana Montagner is a semi-finalist in The Australian Women's Weekly Women of the Future Scholarship awards.

Science and nanotechnology postgraduate student Elana Montagner (Physics and Chemistry) has reached the semi-finals of The Australian Women's Weekly Women of the Future Scholarship awards.

Elana is being recognised for her passion of science and research aimed at improving the lives of those with cancer. She is currently working with Dr David Hoxley to develop a small device to monitor and remotely detect toxins in the blood of cancer sufferers.

'I feel like there is so much that can be done with the technology we have available, to ensure that people who live with cancer can live more fulfilling lives.

"The device consists of diamonds and is intended to be implanted in leukaemia patients and will prevent them from needing constant blood screens and testing," Elana explains.

How does it work?

"People with diabetes have a sensor that uses a prick of blood to measure their blood glucose level. Our device will help cancer patients to monitor their blood and, in particular, the build-up of toxins. If there is a toxin build-up, a patient requires a blood transfusion."

The hope it that this technology will reduce hospital visits for blood testing and let patients live a relatively normal life.

Elana says if she wins Women of the Future, she will use the scholarship to support herself during a PhD or internship to further her research into cancer.

Elana's full video interview is available on the Women of the Future website.

Voting is now open, with a judging panel to select the overall winner.

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