Two leading female scientists have taken out the Queensland Women in STEM award for their work in improving latex and research into snake venom.
University of Queensland's Dr Nasim Amiralian took out the Judge's Choice award for her discovery of unique and high-quality fibres (cellulose nanofibers) taken from Australian spinifex grass.
The discovery was a game-changer in the world of nanocellulose-based manufacturing and is set to create jobs across the industry with innovations such as ultra-thin and strong latex membranes for condoms and gloves.
University of Queensland PhD student Jordan DeBono took out the People's Choice award for her research into snake venom toxins.
By exploring the effects of venom on blood, Ms DeBono's research will help increase the understanding we have of our own blood system and should lead to the development of novel drug design in blood medications - aiding in areas such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
The state competition highlights the dedication of Queensland's women in science and showcases their inspiring and innovative research.
Queensland Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch praised the amazing contribution female scientists have made in their field.
"We have marvellous talent in our state, and the aim of the Queensland Women in STEM prize is to not only showcase that talent but to inspire all girls and young women to consider a career in science, technology, mathematics and engineering." Ms Enoch said.
The Queensland Chief Scientist, Professor Suzanne Miller, said awards that recognised women in fields of science, technology, engineering and maths would help inspire future generations.
"It is initiatives like these that create science role models who will inspire young women and men to consider a career in STEM."
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