Nanofluidics and the design of single nanopore systems

​Single nanopore systems are one of the few tools available that can measure sub-micron, non-flourescent particles in their native conditions. In the absence of flourescence these nanoparticles are too small to see with standard optical microscopy, yet they make up the most interesting populations of biomolecules: proteins, DNA/RNA structures and small extracellular vescicles all fall into this category. My research centres on improving the accuracy and capabilities of single nanopore systems by designing novel pore structures and measurement electronics, and by building improved computational models of nanopore systems. It is hoped that enhanced nanopore-based techniques will enable new discoveries about fundamental biology to be made, in much the same way that nanopore sequencing has revolutionized the genomics field.

​Fiach graduated from the University of Queensland in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), and again in 2015 with a Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Engineering (Electrical and Computer Engineering). Since then, he has been engaged in a PhD research program in the Trau Lab.

Funding

​Fiach Antaw's research is currently funded by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship.