Michelle Dickinson

Dr Michelle Dickinson has degrees in both science and engineering. She teaches materials engineering at the University of Auckland but also studied biomedical engineering and loves how science in the biological world is being combined with engineering in the artificial materials world to create novel solutions to age old diseases. By day she runs a nanomechanical research laboratory where she pushes, prods and breaks all sorts of materials including gold nanoparticles for antimicrobial treatments, zinc oxide nanowires for solar cells and biological cells for disease research. By night she fills her life with adventure sports (mostly kitesurfing and snowkiting), flying planes, her dog and reading about or building new technologies. Michelle is on Twitter @medickinson

Could an aspirin a day could dramatically cut your cancer risk? - Nano Girl

Aug 07, 2014

In an incredibly detailed review of 200 studies published between 2009 and 2012, the results showed that the benefits of taking an aspirin every day for cancer prevention far outweigh the risks. The research published in the Annals of Oncology showed some very impressive results when it came to cancers, especially those in the digestive […]

Where do you fit on the scientific Kardashian Index? - Nano Girl

Aug 06, 2014

I’m a scientist who also owns a twitter account and was very interested in this paper by Professor Neil Hall from the University of Liverpool about scientists and Twitter and a new metric that he calls the Kardashian index. Basically it provides an equation so that you can compare the number of followers you have […]

Sniffing out explosives with nanotechnology - Nano Girl

Aug 03, 2014

There is a new nose about town and it’s sniffing out explosives molecules better than anything we have had before.  On Radio Live this morning I chatted to Mark Sainsbury about the new nanotechnology sensor and why it could help improve the air travel screening process.  You can listen to the interview here: The novel […]

Nano is the new black…….Vantablack - Nano Girl

Aug 02, 2014

Trying to make the blackest material known to man may not seem like an important issue until you see how much light interferes with our telescopes and prevents us from seeing distant stars and learning more about the world outside of Earth. Talking to Mark Sainsbury on Radio Live, I chat about Vantablack, how it…

How to build a superhero in 5 easy steps - Nano Girl

Jul 18, 2014

I was honoured to give my second TEDx talk at TEDx Wanaka this year and decided to combine the principles of nanotechnology, engineering and lessons from life. My 5 steps are: Step 1 – Believe in your Dreams (and surround yourself with others who believe in you too) Step 2 – If you believe in…

Science, sexism and the media. - Nano Girl

Jul 17, 2014

So lets start at the beginning, I’m an engineer and a scientist and I’m passionate about communicating science and trying to get others to be passionate about it too. I think that understanding science is really important, no matter who you are or what your education level is.  Each one of us needs to make…

The value of innovation and R&D for the sustainable future of New Zealand - Nano Girl

Jul 16, 2014

Disclosure – I am not affiliated to any political party and do not officially endorse any political policy.  I am a New Zealand citizen who has a vote to cast in this upcoming election, my personal passions lie in education, innovation and sustainability. Today the Green Party announced its economic priority for the election is…

Can you increase your hitchhiking success using science? - Nano Girl

Jun 05, 2014

Hitchhiking, it’s cheap, a great way to meet new people and a staple for many young students adventuring around the world during their summer holidays.  Although the obvious dangers of getting into a car with a complete stranger should be mentioned, I’ll admit I’ve taken the chance many times and been lucky in only having…

Women in science rejoyce! LEGO announce the Female Minifigure Set! - Nano Girl

Jun 04, 2014

LEGO just announced the winner of their LEGO Ideas Winter 2014 Review and as a female in STEM I’ll admit I did a little happy dance at the winning Female Minifigure Set. LEGO actually do a really interesting thing and allow anyone to create, upload and then share an idea for a LEGO set that…