First year PhD student Evaline Tsai was selected as a NanoDTC Associate after competing at the Cambridge Nanoshowcase on 27th Jan 2016.
Applicants from several departments across the University gave 2-minute presentations on research related to nanoscience. Evaline presented her work on upconversion nanoparticles for bioimaging and photodynamic therapy.
When the nanoparticles are excited in the near-infrared range, they emit visible light that can activate photosensitizers to release singlet oxygen to kill cancer cells for non-invasive cancer therapy.
Associates receive a £3000 travel grant and an opportunity to participate in a number of events organised by the NanoDTC as well as the chance to organise events of their own. Evaline is currently planning a tour to a startup located in Cambridge Science Park to give NanoDTC students and Associates more exposure to entrepreneurship. Afterwards, she will be traveling with NanoDTC students and Associates to the 2016 Autumn School in Croatia in late September to attend a mix of science talks, discussions and other activities. She is thrilled to have received the travel grant, which she plans to use for attending conferences to share the results of her research with others in the scientific community.