In 1995, the Society instituted an award for young investigators: the Young Biophysicist Award (YBA). Its purpose is to encourage members of the Society who were about to or had recently embarked on a career in biophysics, but there are no age restrictions. The award carries a cash prize of $500. Many recipients of the Young Biophysicist have become successful academics in Australia or overseas.Apply Now
2021: Emile Flood - Molecular dynamics simulations to elucidate the origins of rapid inactivation in hERG
2018: Amanda Buyan – “Understanding Piezo1’s Relationship with Lipids”
2016: Evelyne Deplazes – “Phospholipid binding activity of the venom peptides ProTx-I and ProTx-II”
2015: Charles Cox – “Mechanosensitive Gating In Piezo1 Channels”
2013: Chai Ann Ng – “PAS domain of Kv11.1 Channels: Structure, function and clinical significance”
2012: Tamsyn Hilder – “Characterising various inward rectifier potassium channels”
2010: David Szekely – “Toward the virtual heart: graphics processor accelerated interactive simulations of cardiac function”
2009: Megan O’Mara – “Linking bacterial structures to human multi-drug transporter function”
2008: Till Böcking – “Chasing the Mechanism of Clatherin Coat Disassembly by Single Object Fluorescence Imaging”
2007: John Gehman – “Boltzmann-statistics analysis of solid-state NMR experiments”
2006: Catherine Clarke – “A helically structured M1-P1 loop “fine tunes” the pH sensitivity of acid sensitive two-pore domain potassium (TASK) channels”
2005: Ben Corry – “The mechanism of fast gating in ClC chloride channels”
2004: Matthew Perugini – “Hexameric structure of GDP-mannose pyrophosphorylase: a key enzyme and novel drug target in Leishmania”
2002: Louise Brown – “Structure of the Inhibitory Region of Troponin I in the ternary complex by Site-Directed Spin Labeling EPR Spectroscopy”
The conditions of the award are that applicants:
The Society reserves the right to not make an award in any one year.
If a candidate’s nomination is not successful in any given year, the Award Committee will re-consider it the following year, preferably in an updated form.
Once a nomination has been considered in two successive years, it would not normally be considered again in the next one or two years. A maximum of four nominations for a single candidate in a six-year period will be considered by the Award Committee.