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Doctor Betty Kouskousis

Specialist Microscopist
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Betty received her BSc from Victoria University of Technology with majors in physics and went on to receive First Class Honours and her PhD degree in Optoelectronics for the study of microscopic characterisation of complex structured optical devices.

Betty held a postdoctoral research fellow position within both the ARC Laureate Fellowship award and the Human Frontiers research program, Centre of Micro-Photonics, Swinburne University of Technology, where she developed a super resolution microscope based on the principles of photo-activated light microscopy and applied the design to develop imaging techniques for the characterisation of both biological and photonic media.

Most recently Betty joined the Burnet Institute/MMI as a microscopy specialist.

Research Interests; Development of new imaging tools to study cellular processes; Fibre Bragg gratings and sensing; Super-resolution microscopy; Single molecule fluorescence; Optical physics

  • 2010: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Optics/Optical Sciences, Microscopy, Victoria University
  • 2004: Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Physics, Optics/Optical Sciences, Victoria University
  • 2003: Bachelor of Science, Optoelectronics, Victoria University
  • 2012: Member, Optical Society of America
  • 2012: Member, Australian Optical Society
  • 2012: Member, ARC/NHMRC Fluorescence Applications in Biotechnology and Life Sciences Network
  • 2012: Member, Australian and New Zeland Society for Cell and Developmental Biology;
  • 2011, 25 August – 1 September:: Member, Technical Program Sub-committee (Nanophotonics), IQEC/CLEO Pacific RIM, Sydney Australia
  • Editorial assistant to Journal of Biophotonics Special Issue; Editorial assistant to Journal of Optics, Ultrafast Biophotonics Special
  • Attended the International Congress on Biophotonics as a ‘stakeholder’ on behalf of the Centre director of CMP

2010: US provisional patent – Application Number: 61/322611; Filed 9 April 2010; “Optical Nano-Microscopy\u201D; Swinburne University of Technology. The invention relates to processes, apparatuses, systems and computer-readable storage configured for optical-microscopy, e.g., for monitoring and characterizing particles (e.g., quantum dots), and/or providing localization at higher resolution than the optical diffraction limit.

2009: Emerging Research Projects grant, Fluorescent Applications in Biotechnology and life sciences (FABLS) support scheme that was funded by the sources of Australian Research Council/National Health and Medical Research Council ARC/NHMRC and Macquarie University and received the award.

  • 2015: Adjunct Research Associate at Monash University
  • 2015: Specialist Microscopist at Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health (Burnet Institute)
  • 2015 – 2013: Microscopy Specialist at Coherent Scientific
  • 2012 – 2008: Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Fellow at Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2007 – 2003: Demonstrator/Instructor at Victoria University