A staple technology in science fiction for generations is getting closer to reality thanks to a small research lab in the Faculty of Engineering.

Nanobionics bridges the gap between electronic and biological systems by using microscopic nanofibres one-thousandth the diameter of a strand of hair and combining them with synthetic DNA segments.

Professor Wenlong Cheng and his team have already used this technology to create a flexible wearable sensor that could soon make the ubiquitous fitness wristband obsolete. But wearable technology is only a first-step to true integration. Imagine a day when tattoos are not just for aesthetic purposes. You could have a kangaroo tattoo reporting all of your vital statistics to you or your doctor. Or you might decide that you use the logo of your favourite sports club.

Nanobionics could also play a key role in monitoring patients with a heart condition, or as a non-invasive tool to assist in the fight against cancer. It could allow doctors to diagnose illnesses and in some cases treat them without the need for surgery.

This interdisciplinary research combines engineering with science and medicine. It challenges disciplinary boundaries and seeks to improve the lives of others. As a Monash student, you will be taught by researchers and professionals who are constantly pushing the boundaries of what is possible.

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