Dr Helen Dacres

Team Leader & Senior Research Scientist

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Helen Dacres is Team Leader of the Biosensors team and leads research in biosensing systems for food and health diagnostics and biosecurity surveillance. She received a PhD (2004) and MSc (2000) in Instrumentation and Analytical Chemistry from UMIST (Manchester, UK) developing optical chemical sensors to detect biologically and environmentally relevant gases including nitric oxide. She joined CSIRO as a postdoctoral fellow in 2005 to work on the development of biosensors using biological odorant receptors for detecting volatile compounds. Since joining CSIRO in 2005 Helen has developed a range of different classes of CYBERNOSE®/CYBERTONGUE® biosensors which form the basis of a ‘tool-kit’ of biophotonic sensors capable of detecting a wide-range of proteins and chemicals. She is project leader of the Biosensors in Health and Food project and CYBERTONGUE® diagnostics for medical applications project.
Helen has over 60 publications and is inventor on 6 patent families.

Current Roles

  • Team Leader
    Biosensors team

  • Project Leader
    Biosensors in Food and Health

  • Project Leader
    BRET sensors for dairy

  • Poject leader
    PB-FSP project - CYBERTONGUE diagnostics for medical applications

Academic Qualifications

  • 2004

    PhD Instrumentation and Analytical Sciences
    University of Mancheter, UK

  • 1999

    MSc Instrumentation and Analytical Sciences
    University of Mancheter, UK

Professional Experiences

  • 2017-Present

    Team Leader -Biosensors

  • 2013-Present

    Senior Research Scientist

  • 2008-2013

    Research Scientist

  • 2005-2008

    Postdoctoral fellow

Achievements and Awards

  • 2018-2021

    Julius Career Award

  • May 2018-June 2018

    CyberMEDx team- On Prime 4 facilitators award

  • 2014-2016

    Payne Scott Award

  • 2011

    ECR travel grant
    Australian Academy of Science /Australia Korea Foundation

  • 2010

    Divisional award for 'Research Innovation and Achievement'

  • 2008

    Non-cash award for luciferase patent

Other highlights

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5kEXESDyqE


We have publications by Dr Helen Dacres