Hear Dr Anya Salih, coral fluorescence and bioimaging scientist at Western Sydney University, speak about her research into coral fluorescent genes, their role in reef biology and the incredible biotechnological discoveries based on these proteins.
Using underwater film footage, night-time images of fluorescent corals and 3D imaging by laser confocal microscopes, Anya will discuss the science of coral fluorescent genes and their importance in increasing corals’ resilience to climate change, their uses in biomedicine, images of cancer and even in light activated coral fluorescent genes in neuroscience.
Anya has had a decade-long exciting collaboration with Lynette Wallworth, award-winning film-maker and immersive installation artist, who developed the immersive film Coral Rekindling Venus, to which Anya contributed coral fluorescent footage and scientific expertise. Their collaboration came out of their fascination with the incredibly dynamic and complex beauty of corals as well as their deep concern for the impact of climate change on reefs. The full-dome film Coral uses underwater imagery of coral reefs and marine species combined with a beautiful soundtrack to portray a fragile ecosystem under threat from global warming.