Assoc Prof Brian Abbey

ARC Future Fellow in the Department of Physics

Brian leads the Materials characterisation and XFEL Science group at La Trobe University.

He holds masters degrees from University College London and Imperial College of Science and Technology, and a PhD in Chemistry from University of Cambridge in the UK. An experimental scientist, Brian works along with Centre colleagues, Keith Nugent and Harry Quiney, to develop new X-ray free electron laser imaging technology that will revolutionise the field of structural biology. XFEL-based imaging has the potential to allow structural biologists to determine the atomic structures of single biomolecules with unprecedented resolution without the need to form large crystals.

To develop this cutting edge technology, Brian collaborates with leading scientists and engineers at the Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron (DESY) in Hamburg, Germany as well as the Stanford Linear Coherent Light Source (LCLS) in California, USA.

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