Associate Professor of Biochemistry in Bond University’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, Dr Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik has won the Women in Technology Biotech Rising Star Award.
Dr Marshall-Gradisnik was presented with her award at the Women in Technology (Wit) Awards Gala Dinner on Saturday, September 18 in recognition of her outstanding contributions to biotechnology.
Her research into developing early diagnostic markers for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome impressed the judges of the prestigious award.
“This award recognised not only the research that I have done so far, but also the significant implications of that research further down the track to deliver better health outcomes for people suffering from chronic fatigue,” said Dr Marshall-Gradisnik.
“The commercialisation potential of the research was also part of the judging criteria and an area in which I believe my nomination stood out,” she said.
Dr Marshall-Gradisnik said it was exciting to be acknowledged by her peers for her work.
“Not only was this exciting on a personal level, but it is also wonderful news for Bond University.
“Bond is truly starting to emerge as a quality research institution. To be in the company of finalists of the calibre of the Mater Medical Research Institute and the University of Queensland and to win, shows that Bond University is doing all the right things with regards to research,” she said.
Dr Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik is one of Australia's foremost researchers in the area of neuroimmunology and she has been instrumental in establishing the Public Health and Neuroimmunology Unit (PHANU) at Bond University.
Her current research is driven by grants from the Queensland Government Smart State Futures Fund and the Mason and Hunter Foundations.
One of Queensland’s most respected and active technology industry associations and a peak body for women in the technology industry in Queensland, WiT conducts their annual awards to promote the achievements of women in the technology industries.