Meet the Team:

Alexey Veryaskin is the Director and Founder of Trinity Research Labs, an independent R&D

laboratory based at the School of Physics of the University of Western Australia (UWA).

He is an Adjunct Professor and a member of the UWA Frequency Standards and Quantum Metrology

Group. He received his MSc degree in electronic engineering in 1973 and PhD in Theoretical and

Mathematical Physics in 1982. In his early career, he spent 12 years as a research fellow at the

Sternberg State Astronomical Institute of the Moscow State University (the Faculty of Physics)

specialising in precise gravity measurements. He also was specialising in Superconducting Quantum

Interference Devices (SQUIDs) applied to gravimetry and gravity gradiometry. In 1992, he was invited

to join a team of researchers at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow (Scotland, UK) where he was

working on a superconducting gravity gradiometer and some aspects of the Satellite Test of

Equivalence Principle (STEP), a European space mission. In 1995 he moved to New Zealand where he

patented a Direct String Gravity Gradiometer, a technology that attracted a reasonable investment

either from private sector or various institutions and government agencies in a number of countries

across the globe. He also invented a Direct String Magnetic Gradiometer technology and an Extremely

Low Frequency Interferometric System (ELFISTM), which is a new type of electromagnetic gradiometer.

Recently, the ELFISTM technology has found its application for breast cancer early-detection research

and is currently under development at UWA. He moved permanently to Perth (Western Australia) in

2005, and has been working since on various applications of gravity, magnetic, and electromagnetic


Current developments:

An Intrinsic Gravity Gradiometer with Improved Mechanical Design,

Mechanical Displacement Measurements and Modulation



Michael Tobar received the Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of Western Australia,

Perth, W.A., Australia, in 1994. He is currently an ARC Laureate Fellow with the School of Physics,

University of Western Australia. His research interests encompass the broad discipline of

frequency and quantum metrology, precision measurements, and precision tests of the

fundamental of physics. He is also the focal point of Australian participation in space experiments

involving precision clocks and oscillators. Prof. Tobar was the recipient of the 2009 Barry Inglis

medal presented by the National Measurement Institute for precision measurement, the 2006

Boas medal presented by the Australian Institute of Physics, 1999 Best Paper Award presented

by the Institute of Physics Measurement Science and Technology, the 1999 European Frequency

and Time Forum Young Scientist Award, the 1997 Australian Telecommunications and Electronics

Research Board (ATERB) Medal, the 1996 Union of Radio Science International URSI) Young

Scientist Award, and the 1994 Japan Microwave Prize. During 2007 he was elevated to Fellow

of the IEEE and during 2008 the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.


Eugene Ivanov is an internationally renowned expert in the field of measurement science,

whose main research achievements were recognized by the 2010 J. F. Keithley Award

(American Physical Society) acknowledging Prof. Ivanov as a “physicist who has been

instrumental in the development of measurement techniques that have impact on the

physics community”. In 2014 Prof. Ivanov was presented with a Science and Technology

Clunies Ross Award from The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

Current research activities: ultra-low phase noise microwave oscillators, precision

electromagnetic measurements, laser frequency stabilization, optical frequency synthesis.


Howard Golden earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah and a Master’s degree

in Geophysics from the University of Leeds. He has been involved with mineral exploration geophysics,

geology and exploration management since 1981, holding positions with BHP Minerals, Western

Mining Corporation, Western Metals, Kinross Gold Corporation, Rio Tinto and Nordgold where he

currently holds the position of Exploration Director based in Moscow. Howard is named as inventor on

four patents related to advanced technology applied to mineral exploration.  He was on teams involved

with the discovery of the Oyu Tolgoy gold/copper porphyry deposit in Mongolia, the Syama and Agbaou

Birimian greenstone hosted gold deposits in Mali and Côte d’Ivoire respectively, and the West Musgrave

magmatic nickel sulphide deposit in Western Australia. He serves as non-executive board member of

Gravitec Instruments Ltd, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia.

He also serves on the External Advisory Group of the Center for Exploration Targeting at UWA. His

career in geoscience has involved predictive geology and electrical and potential field geophysics

applied to mineral exploration on six continents. He is a Registered Professional Geoscientist, a fellow

of the Geological Society of London and of the Society of Economic Geologists, and a past president of

the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists.


Vitaly Agron earned his MSc degree in Exploration and Mining Geology. He has been involved in

multiple projects across the world and is experienced in evaluation and resource estimates of the

projects with wide range of commodities. More than 20 years of geological experience in exploration

and field works, geological and geophysical interpretation with specific skills in mining and geological

computer applications using, Micromine, SURPAC, TSG and other software, database management,

resource modeling and evaluation, consulting services, training and audits, project evaluation and

management. JORC Competent Person (gold and base metals). He has worked at diverse locations

from above the Arctic Circle to tropical regions, and is used to the difficulties associated with these

conditions as well as remote locations and various cultural environments. Vitaly is a member of

the Australian Institute of Geoscientists.


Timo Vaalsta has an extensive experience in software development for instrument control systems for

data acquisition, as well as data processing. Worked as a Professional Officer at the Australian Institute

of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE), Lucas Heights, NSW, Australia, refurbished and wrote

control software for the 2TAN A and 2TAN B four-circle neutron diffractometers at the High Flux

Australian Reactor (HiFAR). At the Photon Factory in the KEK High Energy Accelerator Research

Organization, Tsukuba, Japan, refurbished the control system for the synchrotron radiation X-Ray Beam

Line 14A, housing the horizontal type four-circle diffractometer. Wrote software control for new detector

employing stacked avalanche photodiodes (APDs) for x-ray diffraction experiments with synchrotron

radiation. Contributed to the installation of a new one metre diameter F/4 telescope at the UWA Gravity

Precinct, in the Shire of Gingin, ( WA, Australia ), used for robotic optical transient searches.


Timo has been developing a digital control software for the ELFISTM based EM gradiometer that has

been successfully used in multiple recent field tests in outback Western Australia and in Inner

Mongolia (P.R.C.)

Ishiawa, N, Vaalsta, T. P., et el., (2014), Phase Transition in lithium manganite spinel, LiMn2O2,

Photon Factory Activity Report 2013 #31 B, pp BL-14A/2011G22;

Alexey V. Veryaskin, Francis A. Torres, Timo P. Vaalsta, Ju Li, David G. Blair,

A Novel EM Gradiometric Surveying System for Geophysical Reconnaissance

arXiv:1109.4695v1 [physics.geo-ph], 2011;

Coward, D. M., Todd M., Vaalsta, T. P., et al. (2010), The Zadko Telescope:

A Southern Hemisphere Telescope for Optical Transient Searches,

Multi-Messenger Astronomy and Education, PASA, 27(3) 331–339,


Andrew Sunderland is a research associate in the School of Physics at the University of

Western Australia (UWA). He earned his BSc (Honours) degree from UNSW in 2005 and PhD

from UWA in 2009.  His fields of interest include magnetic sensors, low loss oscillators and

vibration isolation. Examples of his work can be seen in these scientific papers:

Andrew Sunderland, Alexey Veryaskin, Wayne McRae, Li Ju, David G. Blair, "Direct string

magnetic gradiometer for space applications", Sensors and Actuators A 147, 529-535 (2008)

Andrew Sunderland, David G. Blair, Li Ju, Howard Golden, Francis Torres, Xu Chen,

Ray Lockwood, Peter Wolfgram, "High performance rotational vibration isolator",

Review of Scientific Instruments 84, 105111 (2013)


Marc Kaye is a professional electronic engineer. He got a B.Sc. degree from the

University of Western Australia. Marc is the Owner of CadLink, a business which offers

a variety of services including high quality electronic design and manufacturing.

For many years CadLink serves as a subcontractor to Trinity Research Labs and provides

manufacturing of the state-of-the-art electronic products that have been developed or under

development at Trinity Research Labs.

Current development: A multi-frequency Interferometric Read-Out for the Breast Cancer early

detection technique developed at Trinity Research Labs.