Sylvia Ganda received her Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Chemical Engineering from UNSW Sydney in 2015. She then took up a research assistant position with Scientia Prof. Martina Stenzel (UNSW Sydney) focusing on the synthesis of biodegradable nanoparticles. In 2016, she was invited to visit Prof. Stephan Foerster’s lab at the University of Bayreuth (Germany) for a research exchange collaboration program where she learnt various advanced physical characterization skills for nanoparticles.
She is currently pursuing her PhD under Prof. Stenzel, focusing on the fabrication and development of biodegradable carbohydrate-based 2D polymeric particles for biomedical application, investigating how these particles interact in biological environment using microfluidic devices ex vivo. She also has special interest in the self-assembly of block copolymers for functional application and aspires to work towards innovative solutions to tackle diseases.
Sylvia has been awarded several highly competitive grants and awards, including:
- the Australian Centre for Nanomedicine seed funding to undertake collaborative research on the synthesis of a reversible photo-switchable drug delivery platform.
- the Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship to pursue a Doctorate in Chemistry.
She has been named outstanding student by the School two years in a row, published in numerous high impact journals in polymer science and established successful cross-disciplinary collaborative research projects. She has also presented her work in various international conferences in nanomedicine, nanotechnology and polymer science, most notably the International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICONN 2018) and IUPAC World Polymer Congress (Macro 2018).
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