Ex-Rocky scientist wins top award
A FORMER Rockhampton man has received the highest Australian accolade in his field of work.
Dr Michael Landsberg, who attended Mt Archer State School, North Rockhampton High School and CQ University, was last week awarded the David Goodchild award.
The award is the highest individual honour granted in the country for excellence in biological electron microscopy.
"You don't really aspire towards these things," Mr Landsberg said.
"It was nice to receive recognition from my peer group."
Mr Landsberg, who now works for the University of Queensland, said the panel looked at a person's overall contribution and a specific scientific achievement.
He said his most recent scientific achievement was a two-year project, in which he and colleagues found a particular strain of a bacterium, yersinia, is deadly for a wide range of insects, but not for humans.
"It has agricultural significance," he said.
Mr Landsberg and his colleagues found that a toxin from the bacteria kills vegetable pest, diamondback moth, also known as the cabbage moth.
"I'm interested in health and medical research," he said.
"Since I was young, I've had an interest in science and those sorts of things but I wasn't interested in being a doctor."
Mr Landsberg, who has been working in his field since 2003, said he used microscopy to look at problems and to find solutions in bacteria and viral infections.
He has a Bachelor of Applied Science with honours from CQ University and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Queensland.