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Platform Manager

Lauren has a background in nanotechnology and a PhD in biomaterials science. Previously, she has managed the Vibrational Spectroscopy facility at the University of Sydney and was a beamline scientist on the infrared microspectroscopy beamline at the Australian Synchrotron. Lauren has joined the MCFP team as the technical support coordinator and manager of the MCFP. She has experience with many surface topography and chemistry preparation methods as well as surface analysis experience including infrared and Raman microscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM).


t: 03 834 40176 (x40176)


Platform Support Officer (Nanofabrication)

Dan previously worked at Hewlett Packard and he has over 25 years of experience in micro/nanofabrication, MEMS and semiconductor manufacturing, process development, integration and characterisation. Dan is based at the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN) where he assists University of Melbourne researchers in accessing and using the facilities at MCN. He provides project support including experimental design, equipment training, process development and characterisation.

t: 03 9902 4377


Platform Support Officer (Advanced Fluorescence Imaging)

Paul has previously worked at the University of Chicago and in the Biological Imaging Facility at Northwestern University. He has a background in molecular biology and optical microscopy, with a focus on confocal microscopy. Paul is responsible for the Advanced Fluorescence Imaging node of the MFCP. He has experience in imaging a wide range of samples, including live cells and nanoparticles.

t: 03 903 57749 (x57749)


Platform Support Officer (X-Ray Diffraction)

Liz has a background in Materials Characterisation including; X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Mechanical Testing, and Chemical Analysis. She worked for CSIRO for 12 years in the X-ray diffraction and mechanical testing facilities. At the University of Melbourne Liz is the platform support officer for the X-ray Diffraction node of the MCFP. She has extensive experience in XRD sample preparation, analysis, and data interpretation for a wide variety of materials.

t: 03 903 56682 (x56682)


Academic Specialist (Mass Cytometry - CyTOF)

Andrew has a long background in the use of flow and mass cytometry.  He previously worked for more than 20 years as a researcher in both academic and industry environments, where his research focused on the immunopathology of infectious diseases. Prior to joining the University of Melbourne he was the Cytometry/CyTOF specialist at the University of Sydney. At the University of Melbourne he supports researchers in the design, implementation and analysis of multiparameteric mass cytometry based experiments.

t: 03 834 46850 (x46850)


Platform Support Officer (Multi-Ion Beam Microscopy and Nanofabrication)


Dr Babak Nasr is a Research Fellow in Nanoelectronics at the Centre for Neural Engineering (CfNE), The University of Melbourne. His areas of expertise include Material Science, Methods in Materials Characterisation and Solid State Physics. In his current position on the MCFP he is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the multi-ion beam microscope from Zeiss (Orion nanofab).

t: 03 903 54407 (x54407)


Academic Leader, MCFP, Nanomaterials Characterisation, Nanofabrication

Ray Dagastine is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in the Melbourne School of Engineering. Ray is the Academic leader of the Materials Characterisation and Fabrication Platform as well as a Senior Technology Fellow at the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN). He is also a member of the Particulate Fluids Processing Special Research Centre (PFPC).

His research interests are in the area of particulate and droplet interfacial phenomena, emulsion stability and deformable surfaces. He is a leading researcher in developing experimental methods and theoretical analytical tools to study interaction forces between deformable liquid-liquid interfaces using both optical techniques and atomic force microscopy. He also has research interests in structure in complex fluids, non-equilibrium surface forces, and protein interactions and nanomechanical properties of living cellular systems.



Academic Leader, Advanced Fluorescence Imaging

Dr Francesca Cavalieri is a Future Fellow in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on polymeric biomaterials for drug/gene delivery, engineering and characterization of nanostructured soft materials and interfaces.



Academic Leader, X-Ray Diffraction

George Franks is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and has over two decades of research experience in the ceramics and minerals processing fields. His research interests include suspension rheology, advanced ceramics powder processing, mineral processing, particularly flocculation and flotation, colloid and surface chemistry, alumina surfaces, oxide crystal growth and materials modelling. He is a member of the Particulate Fluids Processing Centre, Melbourne Materials Institute and the Defence Materials Technology Centre.



Platform Support Officer (Currently on Leave)

Marta has a background in nanotechnology and materials characterisation. She has worked  at the Spanish National Research Council (CISC), the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol and at the CSIRO. Her expertise is in the analysis of surfaces through the application of Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM).