Professor Tanya Monro Awarded a Prestigious Australian Laureate Fellowship
Congratulations to Professor Tanya Monro who has been awarded a prestigious Australian Laureate Fellowship. The aim of the scheme is to attract and retain outstanding researchers and research leaders of international repute and build and strengthen world-class research capability in Australia. The Australian Laureate Fellowship Scheme, run under the auspices of the Australian Research Council, provides generous project funding in addition to salary support.
The Laureate Fellowship provides recipients with up to $300,000 towards their nominated project in addition to funding support in the form of two post-doctorate and two PhD positions. In total each Fellowship is worth up to $700,000 per year for 5 years.
Professor Monro’s project entitled “Controlling light to understand and drive nanoscale processes” aims to develop a suite of light-based sensing technologies capable of quantifying the dynamic environment within a living cell. This will extend the capacity to harness the interaction of light with matter at the nanoscale, providing new insights in fields ranging from plant biology to medicine.
As a special ambassador for sciences and technology, Professor Monro has been awarded the Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellowship and will play a major role in promoting women in research.
“I am absolutely thrilled to have been awarded an ARC Laureate Fellowship,” said Professor Monro. “This will allow me to pursue an ambitious research program focussed on advancing our capacity to control and generate light on sub-wavelength scales.
“Women are our greatest under-tapped talent pool in the science and technology area. I aim to establish a framework of activities to attract women into careers in science, and to retain them, and to showcase female science role models to school girls,” she said.