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PhD projects

1. New infrared based diagnostic tools for anti-microbial resistance
2. Application of spectroscopy and chemometrics for the detection of diabetes and kidney disease
3. New insights into DNA conformation in response to anti-cancer drugs
4. Infrared application of spectroscopy as a point-of-care device for sepsis detection
5. Application of focal plane array imaging technology for the analysis of tissue sections
6. Field trials of infrared based malaria diagnostics in remote tropical environments

1996 …2023

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Personal profile


Bayden is the Director for the Centre of Biospectosocpy and works in the School of Chemistry at Monash University.

Bayden's research areas of interest are: A chemical change must precede or accompany any morphological or symptomatic manifestation associated with disease progression, environmental perturbation or therapeutic treatment.

Vibrational spectroscopy is sensitive to detecting chemical changes and in combination with artificial intelligent systems represents a fundamental new approach to analysing single molecules, subcellular structures, cells, tissues, entire organisms and ultimately ecological systems.

My research is aimed at transforming state-of-the-art infrared-based technology to a new point-of-care diagnostic capability for real world medical devices that can instantaneously diagnose several major debilitating diseases, at a fraction of current costs and with unprecedented levels of sensitivity and speed. The objective is to empower both minimally trained community workers from remote villages in developing counties to first world general medical practitioners, with the ability to immediately diagnose and treat a range of infectious diseases.  Delivery of this new disruptive technology will transform diagnosis enabling improved treatment and better patient management and has applications in blood storage, biosecurity, pharmaceutical monitoring and defense. My other areas of interest include FT-IR microspectroscopy and FT-IR imaging of cells and tissues and developing applications for cancer diagnosis, histocompatibility testing, oocyte development, stem cell research and algae research. I also have a strong interest in applying multivariate statistics and neural network architectures to the analysis of FT-IR and Raman spectra of bio-samples with the aim of developing new diagnostic algorithms.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Research area keywords

  • Biospectroscopy
  • Raman Spectroscopy
  • Infrared Spectroscopy
  • COVID-19
  • Malaria
  • Diagnostics
  • Chemometrics

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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  • SPEC 2012

    Bayden Wood (Organiser)

    11 Nov 201215 Nov 2012

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course