Toby Bell

Assoc Professor

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Toby is a Senior Lecturer in Physical and Analytical Chemistry at Monash University.

He is head of the Bell Fluorescence Lab situated in the School of Chemistry.

Toby's main research interests are:

  • Development and application of single molecule fluorescence techniques, especially super-resolution microscopy
  • Time and space resolved fluorescence spectroscopy including energy transfer (FRET)

Current research areas include: 

  • Investigating 'off-target' effects in cells from anticancer drugs
  • Revealing how viruses modify and repurpose cellular components and organelles
  • Mapping epigenetic modifications in the cell nuceleus 
  • Understanding how energy is transported around in multi-chromophoric dye molecules, polymer chains and nanoparticles

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Research area keywords

  • single molecule spectroscopy
  • time resolved fluorescence
  • energy transfer
  • photons


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