Born and raised in Shepparton, Victoria, Shaban obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematical Physics from The University of Melbourne in December 2019. He subsequently obtained his Master of Science in Physics in December 2021, under the supervision of Prof. Ann Roberts and Prof. Ken Crozier at The University of Melbourne. Having received conditional admission in 2020, he commenced a PhD in Theoretical Physics at The University of Melbourne in 2022, under the supervision of Prof. Ann Roberts. He is based in the School of Physics at The University of Melbourne and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems.
Shaban’s interests lie in Mathematical and Theoretical Physics, including developing mathematical models of physical phenomena. He is passionate about the power of mathematics to explain and model the physical world, particularly in areas that are useful for the community. He also has interests in computational and numerical modelling where the development of experiments and technology require it. He has previously worked on collaborative research with the Reserve Bank of Australia on optical nanotechnology for anti-counterfeiting purposes. Moreover, his masters research was based on developing novel imaging techniques capable of imaging live biological cells across the electromagnetic spectrum via the design of optical nanostructures. His doctoral research is focused on extending these to develop new approaches to imaging live biological cells and objects through smoke and turbid media. These can lead to the design of further nanotechnology designed to possess functionalities beyond what is conceivable today.
Shaban has received various scholarships and awards over his academic career, including a Dafydd Lewis Trust Scholarship, Laby Research Scholarship, N. D. Goldsworthy Scholarship for Physics, Dr. Jean E. Laby and Muriel Ramm Science bursaries, Lift Off Margaret Attwood Trust Education Scholarship, Hilda Trevelyan Morrison Scholarship, Peter Cole Scholarship, Rural & Regional Enterprise Scholarship, Melbourne Access bursaries, Research Training Program Scholarship, Melbourne Research Scholarship and the Ernst & Grace Matthaei Scholarship.
Shaban has also represented the Faculty of Science and The University of Melbourne on numerous occasions to present at University-run events and programs, schools and science roadshows, outreach programs, has appeared on regional news television programs and flyers, mentored undergraduate students, taken on committee roles for student societies in the School of Physics, and been a student ambassador for the Faculty of Science. He has also been involved in various leadership programs and teaching positions including the YouThrive Leadership Program, mathematics tutor for the VCE Summer School Program at The University of Melbourne, and also casual teaching of undergraduate classes in the Faculty of Science.
In his spare time, Shaban enjoys the company of his family and friends, music, spending time in the sunshine and solving cryptic crosswords.