Dr Nina Pollak

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Dr Nina Pollak, a Post-doctoral Research Scientist at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), completed her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Graz, Austria, in 2014. At BioCifer, Nina supports the research and development of GMP-ready extraction components to release nucleic acids into solution in a 5-minute extraction protocol, that does not require any equipment for sample processing. Nina has an excellent track record of research excellence in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at this early stage of her career, and already attracted > $460,000 research funding. Her research has led to 13 peer-reviewed papers with >600 citations, 6 conference papers and 18 conference presentations.

From 2017 to 2020, Nina jointly held a CSIRO Synthetic Biology Future Science Fellowship at CSIRO and USC focusing on smart biosensing. This and her previous research have already been highlighted in popular media outlets such as Cosmos Magazine and New Scientist. Nina previously published a proof-of-concept multiplex diagnostic (ACS Omega 4(7), 11388, 2019) and a rapid diagnostic test for Ebola virus (Virol J. 15(75), 2018). Since August 2020, Nina expanded her research to applied diagnostics for Dengue and Nipah viruses, a project funded by the DMTC.