Recent graduate Hannah Coughlan, who completed the Bachelor of Science (Honours)/Masters of Nanotechnology, received La Trobe University’s prestigious ‘DM Myers University Medal’ for her outstanding work with X-Ray imaging.
Miss Coughlan completed a year-long Master’s project working with X-Ray imaging of malaria and infected red blood cells. Her project looked at developing an emerging imaging technique which could potentially lead to a better understanding of the disease and how it can be prevented. Her thesis was entitled ‘Fresnel Coherent Diffractive Imaging of Cellular Samples in the Water Window’ and she worked in collaboration with the ARC Centre of Excellence in Coherent X-Ray Science (CXS) with the supervision of Dr Grant van Riessen and Professor Andrew Peele from La Trobe University’s Department of Physics.
After a busy year of completing her Master’s thesis, Miss Coughlan will now undertake a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) with La Trobe, CXS and CSIRO, working on protein crystallography with Dr Brian Abbey, Department of Physics, while still pursuing her passion for X-Ray imaging.
About the DM Myers University Medal
The Medal is awarded to the most outstanding graduate from each La Trobe University faculty. The medallion was donated by the first Vice-Chancellor of La Trobe, Dr David Myers, CMG and was designed by internationally renowned medallionist and sculptor, Andor Meszaros. Mr Meszaros came to Australia from Hungary in 1939 and his major works include the King George V Memorial Statue (King George V Hospital, Sydney) in marble, an altarpiece in the Canterbury Cathedral and the 1956 Olympic Medallion.