2017 News

Children’s University Regional Lecture Series

17 September 2017: Georgina Sylvia, CNBP researcher, was recently involved in two outreach events organised as part of the Children’s University Regional Lecture Series, which aims to stimulate interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM subjects) for school children in Years 6-9. At the first event at Renmark, she presented exciting chemistry demonstrations to year […]

Concordia students visit CNBP labs

14 September 2017: Eighty Concordia College students with an interest in STEM undertook a series of educational tours at CNBP laboratories at the University of Adelaide—forty students visiting Wednesday 6th September and a further forty students visiting Wednesday 13th September, 2017. The students were hosted by a number of CNBP researchers, undertaking laboratory tours in both […]

CNBP science at the Calyx

12 September 2017: CNBP researchers Dr Denitza Denkova and Dr Martin Ploschner took their luminescence and fluorescence science expertise to the general public, at a special after-hours event known as ‘Science at the Calyx’ at the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney. Presenting to an audience of approximately sixty people, the CNBP scientists focused on giving members of the […]

First reversible ‘turn-off’ sensor for Glutathione

6 September 2017: The first reversible ‘turn-off’ sensor for Glutathione has been reported by CNBP researchers in a paper published in the science journal Biosensors. The paper is accessible online (open access). Dr Sabrina Heng notes: γ-Glutamyl-cysteinyl-glycine (GSH) plays a critical role in maintaining redox homeostasis in biological systems and a decrease in its cellular levels is […]

Charge transfer in helical peptides

1 September 2017: Understanding the electronic properties inherent to peptides is crucial for controlling charge transfer, and precursory to the design and fabrication of bio-inspired next generation electronic components. However, to achieve this objective one must first be able to predict and control the associated charge transfer mechanisms. Here CNBP researchers demonstrate for the first […]

School tour of Braggs labs

31 August 2017: Caritas College students visiting the University of Adelaide for a ‘science day’ were shown around laboratory spaces in the Braggs Building by CNBP PHD students Kathryn Palasis (pictured) and Georgina Sylvia. The 23 Year 9 school students were given a tour through a synthetic chemistry lab and then spoke with both CNBP […]

Exploring small-sized nanoflakes

29 August 2017: Size-dependent structural and electronic properties of MoS2 monolayer nanoflakes, of sizes up to 2nm, have been investigated by CNBP researchers using density-functional theory (DFT). The paper, published in Scientific Reports is accessible online. Journal: Scientific Reports. Publication title: A study of size-dependent properties of MoS2 monolayer nanoflakes using density-functional theory. Authors: M. Javaid (pictured), Daniel W. Drumm, Salvy […]

New technique to aid IVF embryo selection

28 August 2017: Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) have successfully developed an advanced new imaging technique, which can help assess the quality of early-stage embryos. The research, reported in the journal ‘Human Reproduction’ has the potential to significantly benefit the IVF industry of the future, improving assisted reproduction outcomes […]

Nano-diamond arrays on glass

23 August 2017: Researchers from CNBP’s RMIT University node (lead author Ashleigh Heffernan), have published a paper demonstrating a directed self-assembly method to position nanodiamonds on glass. The method, allowing for the statistical quantification of fluorescent nanoparticles provides a step towards fabrication of hybrid photonic devices for applications from quantum cryptography to sensing. The paper is accessible […]

Talking science at UoA Open Day

20 August 2017: CNBP volunteers at the University of Adelaide Open Day took the opportunity to set-up a stand and to demonstrate Centre related science, Sunday 20th August, 2017. The Open Day, showcasing programs, facilities, and options for student study at the University, saw many thousands of visitors to Campus and the CNBP team was ready! […]

CNBP at Macquarie Uni Open Day

19 August 2017: ‘The power of light to measure’ was the phrase commonly expressed by Centre researchers staffing the CNBP stand at this year’s Macquarie University Open Day. This was in response to potential University students and their family members, who were looking to find out more about nanoscale biophotonics as well as to better […]

Outreach at Concordia College

16 August 2017: Students from Concordia College got the low-down on STEM careers—as well as learnt more about lasers, laboratories and the life of a scientist at a school outreach event organised and run by CNBP researchers from the University of Adelaide. The event, celebrating National Science Week, saw a team of CNBP scientists and researchers visit […]

New CNBP research assistant

16 August 2017: CNBP would like to welcome Robyn Kievit to the team. Located at the University of Adelaide, Robyn has joined the CNBP as a research assistant. She will primarily work within the Origins of Sensing biological challenges group (understanding the role of brain immune signals in the creation of chronic pain) with Dr Sanam […]

Launch of CNBP and CU partnership

15 August 2017: The University of Colorado Boulder (CU) and the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) have officially announced their research partnership status at a launch event that took place at CU today. The collaboration between the CNBP, an Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence, and the University of Colorado Boulder, will explore the use of novel CNBP biophotonics […]

Low-power nonlinear photonic effects

15 August 2017: Dr Ivan Maksymov from CNBP’s RMIT University node, visited the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Macquarie University Aug 15, 2017 and gave a well attended seminar. The talk centred on the theory  of low-power nonlinear photonic effects and was formally titled, “Nonlinear optics with low-power light: Transduction of acoustic nonlinearities into the […]

Girls in Physics

15 August 2017: Emma Wilson, CNBP PhD student has participated in a ‘Girls in Physics’ outreach program run by the Vicphysics Teachers’ Network in Melbourne, August 15, 2017. The program, a breakfast event whereby female scientists working in physics or related areas, are teamed up with a table of Year 11/12 female students, is an opportunity […]

CNBP attracts the crowds at RMIT Open Day

13 August 2017: Over 400 interested members of the public, including prospective students,  dropped by the CNBP laboratories as a part of RMIT University’s annual Open Day event, Sunday 13th August, 2017. The Centre had two optics laboratories open and both were fully staffed by researchers eager to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for science. […]

Cambridge visit furthers research

10 August 2017: After successfully receiving an ANN Overseas Travel Fellowship, CNBP researcher Dr Peipei Jia has arrived back at the University of Adelaide after a two month visit to the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) in Cambridge, UK. While there, Peipei had the opportunity to test both techniques and potential application for his work […]

CNBP at ‘Science meets Policymakers’

8 August 2017: CNBP was well represented at the STA ‘Science meets Policymakers’ event held in Canberra, August 8, 2017. Researchers A/Prof Guozhen Liu, Dr Alf Garcia-Bennett, Dr Sanam Mustafa and Dr Hannah Brown all attended and heard a number of talks on topics ranging from ‘A Whole Government approach to Science Policy’, to ‘A […]

Immobilization of enzymes onto solid supports

4 August 2017: The study on “Solid-binding peptides for immobilization of thermostable enzymes to hydrolyze biomass polysaccharides” by CNBP Researcher Dr Andrew  Care and led by CNBP Associate Investigator  A/Prof Anwar Sunna has been featured on Renewable Energy Global Innovations as a key scientific paper. The work was originally published in the scientific journal Biotechnology for […]

Talk at RACI Centenary Congress

28 July  2017: CNBP Research Fellow Dr Jingxian Yu has given a talk at the RACI Centenary Congress, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 23 – 28 July 2017. The title of his talk was ‘Gating Electron Transfer in Peptides Towards Molecular Switches’.

Welcome to a new CNBP researcher

27 July 2017: CNBP welcomes its newest researcher to the team, Shi Xian (Edward) Moh who is based at Macquarie University. Edward has previously been a part of Prof Nicki Packer’s glycomics group, successfully undertaking both his Honours and PhD study under her supervision. His study included detailed analysis of glycans, glycopeptides and glycoproteins and […]

Australian-French Entrepreneur Challenge

13 July 2017: PhD team ‘ReMind’, which includes CNBP researcher Vicky Staikopoulos as CFO, has won the  Australian-French Entrepreneur Challenge held in Adelaide over two days, 11th-12th July, 2017. The challenge (with 49 invited PhD students from all over Australia) required students to work continuously for 24 hours in teams of six, to come up with an […]

The palette of the mind

12 July 2017: Around fifty high performing Year 10 to Year 12 students from Australia and New Zealand came to RMIT on the 11th of July to listen to CNBP Chief Investigator Prof Andy Greentree present  a talk titled “Colour: the palette of the mind.” The talk was a part of the Youth ANZAAS visit to […]

RMIT School of Science Research Day

10 July 2017: The RMIT School of Science Research Day was held on July 10th, with several members of the RMIT Node presenting CNBP research. Postgraduate students Daniel Stavrevski, Marco Capelli and Josef Worboys participated in the 3 Minute Thesis competition: Josef Worboys was awarded the winning prize  for his work related to ‘quantum correlations’, […]

CNBP researcher at ICMAT and in China

5 July 2017: CNBP Researcher, Dr Yu, from the University of Adelaide, presented recent findings on “Gating Electron Transfer in Peptides Towards Molecular Switches” at the International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies, commonly known as ICMAT 2017, held in Singapore, 18-24 June. It attracted more than 2,500 delegates from all over the world. Following […]

Want a better camera? Just copy bees!

4 July 2017: Check out the latest buzz about bees and their extra light-sensing eyes! CNBP CI Prof Andy Greentree is coauthor on a new paper in PNAS, which identifies how the eyes and brains of honeybees work together, to process colour information. “If we can design technology to mimic the way bees do this, we’ll […]

Superstars of STEM

3 July 2017: Congratulations to CNBP’s Dr Hannah Brown and Dr Sanam Mustafa, both from the University of Adelaide and both selected to participate in the inaugural 2017 Superstars of STEM program. The program, implemented by ‘Science and Technology Australia’, supports 30 women employed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to become highly visible public role models. […]

Enhancement of the NV quantum yield

3 July 2017: Researchers from CNBP’s RMIT University node (lead author CNBP PhD student Marco Capelli pictured), have had a paper published in the journal ‘Nanoscale’. The researchers report an enhancement of the nitrogen-vacancy (NV) quantum yield by up to 7% in bulk diamond caused by an external magnetic field. The paper is accessible online. Journal: Nanoscale. […]

Nanotechnology meets bioengineering

29 June 2017: The Fudan-UH-MQ Workshop on ‘Nanotechnology meets Bioengineering’ was well supported by CNBP researchers at Macquarie University,  Wed 28th June – Thu 29th June. A joint workshop, organised within the framework of University wide trilateral collaboration between Fudan, Hamburg and Macquarie, the event aimed to enhance collaborations between all three universities as well […]

New PhD candidate Fuyuan Zhang

27 June 2017: CNBP welcomes its latest PhD candidate Fuyuan Zhang who will study under the supervision of Center ARC Future Fellow A/Prof. Guozhen Liu at Macquarie University. Fuyuan’s project is to develop assays to detect plant microRNA, diagnostic markers for response to pathogen or virus infection in plants, and subsequently to integrate these assays to […]

Neurophotonics Summer School

21 June 2017: This years Neurophotonics Summer School held in Quebec, Canada, June 11-21, was attended by three CNBP members – Vicky Staikopoulos (University of Adelaide, pictured), Antony Orth (RMIT University) and Varun Sreenivasan (UNSW). The school focuses on teaching physics and biology and how they can merge, and runs for 10 days and includes […]

Success in wool innovation competition

16 June 2017: CNBP’s Ben Pullen (pictured) and Vicky Staikopoulos have been awarded a runner up prize as part of the University of Adelaide’s ‘Tech eChallenge Wool Innovation‘ competition. There were 8 teams competing in the wool stream finals. First prize won $20,000 with 5x $10,000 prizes also on offer. “We entered the competition to learn about […]

Sensors for calcium ion

15 June 2017: Researchers from CNBP (lead author Dr Sabrina Heng pictured), have just had a paper published, reporting on three new spiropyran-based reversible sensors for calcium ion. Journal: Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical. Publication title: Photoswitchable calcium sensor: ‘On’–‘Off’ sensing in cells or with microstructured optical fibers. Authors: Sabrina Heng, Adrian M. Mak, Roman Kostecki, […]

School science conference impresses

15 June 2017: Dr Nima Sayyadi, CNBP researcher, has undertaken guest judging duties at the 2017 Sydney Girls High School Science Conference. Each year students at Sydney Girls High School complete a research project as part of the NSW Science Curriculum. This project provides Year 9 students with an opportunity to design and perform an investigation into […]

Women’s research excellence award

13 June 2017: Congratulations to Dr Jiawen Li, CNBP researcher at the University of Adelaide, who recently won a Women’s Research Excellence award. Jiawen’s work is focused on the development of highly novel dual-modality ultrasound/optical coherence tomography imaging probes for diagnosis of disease and for use in surgical applications. She will be using the award […]

Centre represented at Glycoinformatics Symposium

13 June 2017: CNBP Chief Investigator Prof Nicki Packer has attended the Beilstein Glycoinformatics Symposium, Berlin, Germany, 13-15th June 2017. Prof Packer was an invited speaker, session chair and sat on a discussion panel, with her attendance fully funded by the conference organisers. Prof Packer’s talk was titled, “Technology Shapes Glycoinformatics.”  

Outreach fun linked to science

10 June 2017: Dr Martin Ploschner, CNBP Researcher, has taken his outreach skills to the Czech and Slovak School, Sydney where he performed several hands-on science shows for approximately 100 students, all aged 10 and under. The show connected fun light-based activities with CNBP science and included the creation of gigantic fluorescent bubbles as well […]

CNBP participates in LEA outreach event

7 June 2017: With a focus on STEM learning and the need for innovative outreach approaches, Learning Environments Australia (SA chapter) have coordinated a forum at the University of Adelaide, 7 June 2017, which saw significant support from the CNBP. Prof Mark Hutchinson (CNBP Director), Tony Crawshaw (CNBP Communications and Outreach Coordinator) and Dr Sabrina Heng (CNBP […]

Rethinking food and nutrition science

1 June 2017: CNBP Research Fellow Dr Philipp Reineck has been selected as a delegate for the ‘Theo Murphy High Flyers Think Tank’, a national group established by The Australian Academy of Science. The Think Tank will bring together early and mid-career researchers exploring nutrition science in an interdisciplinary fashion. Findings will contribute to the development […]

New Diamond and Nano Carbons conference

1 June 2017: CNBP was well represented at the 11th International Conference on New Diamond and Nano Carbons, held in Cairns, Australia, 28th May – June 1, 2017. CNBP Chief Investigator A/Prof Brant Gibson was Co-chair of the conference (pictured) with CNBP researcher Dr Philipp Reineck a contributing speaker, presenting on ‘Bright and photostable nitrogen‐vacancy fluorescence from unprocessed detonation nanodiamonds’. […]

Director at SASMA Conference

28 May 2017: CNBP Director Prof. Mark Hutchinson has given the ‘Henry Kneebone Keynote Presentation’ at this year’s South Australian Sports Medicine Association conference. The event took place at the Adelaide Oval, Sunday 28 May 2017 with Prof. Hutchinson’s talk titled, “The toll of knowing you are sick: Implications for pain and how we treat it.” […]

Ambassador visits CNBP laboratories

24 May 2017: Prof Mark Hutchinson has hosted a visit to the University of Adelaide and CNBP Headquarters of His Excellency Mr Pedro Zwahlen, Ambassador of Switzerland to Australia. The visit from the Ambassador was a part of a four day trip to Adelaide which included visits to the Tonsley Innovation Precinct, the South Australian […]

Pilot project grant success

18 May 2017: An ‘Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing’ (IPAS) pilot grant worth $6,000 has been awarded to CNBP researchers Dr Jingxian Yu (project lead – pictured left) and Dr Peipei Jia. The grant will allow investigation into “double remote electrochemical addressing and optical readout of electrochemiluminescence at the nanopatterned tip of an optical […]

Aimé-Cotton Laboratory talk

17 May 2017: CNBP’s Dr Philipp Reineck has given a talk at the Aimé-Cotton Laboratory (LAC), Paris, which he is  currently visiting as a guest researcher. The laboratory is a joint research unit of the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the University of Paris-Sud and the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan. Philipp’s talk consisted of […]

China visit by Centre researcher

16 May 2017: On a recent trip to China, CNBP Research Fellow A/Prof Guozhen Liu undertook a number of visits and talks, discussing her advanced sensing, nano-particle and bio-imaging work. This included: 5 May-8 May: Attendance at the International Congress on Analytical Sciences 2017 (ICAS2017) at Kaikou, China. Here Guozhen gave an oral presentation with […]

Post-operative pain management

10 May 2017: Dr Sanam Mustafa, CNBP Researcher, presented an invited keynote lecture at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons 86th Annual Scientific Congress, 10 May 2017. Her talk was titled, “Recent developments in post-operative pain management – should we be worried?” and discussed the implications of using morphine for neuropathic pain. The Congress took […]

European nanoparticle conference

10 May 2017: Dr Philipp Reineck, CNBP Research Fellow, has given an invited  talk at the ENM Nanoparticle meeting in San Sebastian in Spain, 10 May 2017. His talk was titled, ‘Near-IR fluorescent nanomaterials for bioimaging and sensing applications.’ Dr Reineck also chaired a workshop/session on nanoparticles for optical bioimaging. Further information on the conference can […]

Best poster award

1 May 2017: Dr Philipp Reineck, CNBP Researcher at RMIT University has won  best poster award at the 5th International Conference on Biophotonics (ICOB 2017), 30 April – 1 May 2017, Fremantle, Western Australia. The poster reported on recent advances in the development and use of near-infrared fluorescent nanomaterials for biomedical imaging and sensing applications. Dr Reineck […]

Maximizing particle concentration

28 April 2017: A new paper from CNBP researchers reports on an improvement to deterministic lateral displacement arrays, which allows for higher particle concentration enhancement. The work has just been published in the journal ‘Biomicrofluidics’ and is accessible online. Journal: Biomicrofluidics. Title: Maximizing particle concentration in deterministic lateral displacement arrays. Authors: Shilun Feng, Alison M. Skelley, Ayad G. […]

Tuning third harmonic light

27 April 2017: Researchers from CNBP and The Institute of Photonic Technology (lead author Stephen Warren-Smith pictured), have just had a paper published on tuning third harmonic light generated within exposed-core fibres. Journal: Optics Letters. Publication title: Nanofilm-induced spectral tuning of third harmonic generation. Authors: Stephen C. Warren-Smith, Mario Chemnitz, Henrik Schneidewind, Roman Kostecki, Heike […]

IVF grant success

26 April 2017: CNBP Chief Investigator, A/Prof Jeremy Thompson has received $7000 in travel support from the Global Connections Fund Priming Grants initiative. The grant will fund travel to the USA to visit cattle IVF units with the aim of learning how they have made a successful business of in vitro produced embryos, and where […]

Light-triggerable liposomes

21 April 2017: A new paper from CNBP researchers (lead author Wenjie Chen pictured) reports on the design of a new light-triggerable liposome. The work has just been published in the journal ‘Molecular Therapy: Nucleic Acid’ and is accessible online. Journal: Molecular Therapy: Nucleic Acid. Title: Light-triggerable liposomes for enhanced endo/lysosomal escape and gene silencing in PC12 cells. […]

Social media for research engagement

21 April 2017: CNBP’s Dr Hannah Brown (pictured), together with Prof Ben Mol, the University of Adelaide and Melinda Cruz, CEO and Founder of Miracle Babies Foundation, believe that social media interaction and scientific activity should go hand-in-hand. They argue that increased social engagement by scientists with collaborators, the media, governing and funding bodies, government […]

Enhanced microscopy

5 April 2017: Dr Antony Orth, CNBP Research Fellow has attended the ‘OSA Biophotonics Congress: Biomedical Optics’ in San Diego, 2-5 April 2017. During the event he undertook two presentations: ‘Towards Dictionary-Enhanced Microscopy’ and ‘Bleaching-Assisted Multichannel Microscopy’. Congress details are available online.

New sensing methods for embryos

2 April 2017: A/Prof Jeremy Thompson, CNBP Chief Investigator, has given an invited talk at  the 7th Congress of the Asia Pacific Initiative on Reproduction (ASPIRE 2017) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on the 2nd April 2017. The Congress is the largest clinical reproductive medicine meeting in the Asia-Pacific region with A/Prof Thompson’s talk titled, “New sensing methods […]

New PhD candidate Yuan Qi Yeoh

30 March 2017: CNBP welcomes its latest PhD candidate Yuan Qi Yeoh who is working on controlling the structure and activity of an antimicrobial peptide using an azobenzene photoswitch. Supervised by CNBP Chief Investigator Prof Andrew Abell at the University of Adelaide, Yuan Qi will design and synthesise peptides that mimic Gramicidin S, incorporating azobenzene to turn […]

Nanoscale sensor to spot disease

28 March 2017: A new nanoscale sensor has been developed that can help detect cytokines – molecules that play a critical role in cellular response to infection, inflammation, trauma and disease. Reported in the science journal ‘Nanoscale’, the sensor consists of a modified graphene quantum dot (or GQD) which has been designed by researchers at […]

CNBP engages with Shanxi Province

26 March 2017: CNBP Director Prof Mark Hutchinson has showcased CNBP science to the Vice Governor of Shanxi Province together with his Heads of Departments (Agriculture, Science and Technology and Foreign Affairs) who were visiting the University of Adelaide and the South Australian Government on March 26th, 2017. The visit, a result of the University of […]

Centre CI at Gordon Glycobiology conference

25 March 2017: CNBP Chief Investigator Professor Nicki Packer was an invited chair of a session and leader of the Power Hour (gender equality workshop)  at the Gordon Glycobiology conference at Ventura, California 19-24 March, 2017. As session Chair, Prof Packer led discussion on advances in omics, integrated omics, bioinformatics for glycobiology and the impact […]

CNBP talks to the pollies at SmP

24 March 2017: A chance to talk science with Australian politicians and policy influencers was an opportunity seized by CNBP with Centre Investigator Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem and Centre Research Fellow Dr Andrew Care both in attendance at the annual ‘Science meets Parliament’ (SmP) event, Canberra, 21-22 March, 2017. Established by Science and Technology Australia, SmP provides 200 […]

VC PhD scholarship awarded

23 March 2017: Emma Wilson from the RMIT University node of the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics has recently had her scholarship upgraded to a Vice-Chancellor’s PhD Scholarship which is the most prestigious scholarship available at RMIT. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence and research potential. Emma will be studying how the […]

Gold nanoparticles for bioimaging

22 March 2017: A new publication from CNBP researchers (lead author Sandhya Clement pictured) reports on a more effective and less harmful gold-based nano-agent for bioimaging and photodynamic therapy treatment for deep tissue tumors. The work has just been reported in the journal ‘Microchimica Acta ’ and is accessible online. Journal: Microchimica Acta. Title: Verteprofin […]

Microscopy meet ‘big data’

22 March 2017: Cell Systems has published an invited preview article authored by CNBP Research Fellow Dr Antony Orth along with collaborators from Harvard University and Massachussetts General Hospital. The commentary article discusses how data-driven methods are poised to shake-up how we approach bio-microscopy. Microscopy-based assays can be made more informative and more predictive when […]

New PhD candidate Patrick Capon

21 March 2017: CNBP welcomes its latest PhD candidate Patrick Capon who is working on fluorophore-nanodiamond hybrid sensors at the University of Adelaide. Patrick has previously gained a BSc Degree (advanced – double chemistry major) from Adelaide University which was subsequently followed by a Master of Philosophy (chemistry) also at Adelaide University – his thesis entitled, “Incorporation […]

New PhD student Kathryn Palasis

14 March 2017: CNBP is happy to announce its newest PhD student Kathryn Palasis who is located at the University of Adelaide. Kathryn who was was recently selected as the 2017 recipient of the Cedric Stanton Hicks Research Scholarship, will be working on switchable molecules and their applications in medicinal chemistry – with a particular […]

Bubbles can detect sound, with light

13 March 2017: CNBP scientists Dr Ivan Maksymov and Prof Andy Greentree at RMIT University have shown bubbles can detect sound with light in their latest publication in the area of photo-acoustics. “Bubbles can be a boon for detecting the kind of ultrasound used in medicine as air is less dense than water” explains Dr Ivan […]

Generating whispering gallery mode spectra

9 March 2017: A new publication from CNBP researchers (lead author Jonathan Hall pictured) presents a new model for generating whispering gallery mode spectra for multilayer microspheres. The work has just been reported in the journal ‘Optics Express’ and is accessible online. Journal: Optics Express. Title: Unified theory of whispering gallery multilayer microspheres with single dipole or […]

Breaking apart sugars

9 March 2017: CNBP scientists Chris Ashwood and Prof Nicki Packer at Macquarie University have shown alternative ways to break apart sugars, improving their characterisation in their latest publication in the area of mass spectrometry (Enhancing structural characterisation of glucuronidated O-linked glycans using negative mode ion trap higher energy collision-induced dissociation mass spectrometry). The work […]

CNBP AI wins 40under40 awards

8 March 2017: CNBP Associate Investigator A/Prof Kevin Pfleger, from the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, has won the Intrapreneur category, as well as receiving the coveted City of Perth Strategic Alliance Award at the Business News 40under40 Awards in Perth on Wednesday 8th March. “I’m passionate about helping my fellow scientists by facilitating […]

New PhD student Yuan Liu

2 March 2017: The Macquarie University node of CNBP welcomes a new PhD student to the team – Yuan Liu. Yuan will study under the supervision of Center Deputy Director Prof. Ewa Goldys and Centre Research Fellow A/Prof. Guozhen Liu. Her project will explore the construction of a novel biosensing platform for quantitatively detecting exosomes which […]

Investigating cell metabolism

1 March 2017: A new publication from CNBP researchers (lead author Aziz Ul Rehman pictured) reports on the application of hyperspectral imaging in combination with fluorescence spectroscopy and chemical quenching to provide a new methodology to investigate cell metabolism. The work has just been reported in the journal ‘Biomedical Optics Express’ and is accessible online. Journal: Biomedical […]

Automation in the IVF laboratory

23 February 2017: CNBP Chief Investigator A/Prof Jeremy Thompson has delivered a talk to the “Best of ASRM-ESHRE” forum, in Paris, February 23, 2017. The forum, a joint initiative of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) brings together 1200 delegates focused in the science of reproductive medicine, with […]

New nanoparticle discovery to aid super-resolution imaging

23 February 2017: Our researchers and collaborators have made a breakthrough in the development of practical super-resolution optical microscopy that will pave the way for the detailed study of live cells and organisms, on a scale 10 times smaller than can currently be achieved  with conventional microscopy. Reported in Nature, it was demonstrated that bright luminescent nanoparticles can […]

Dictionary-enhanced imaging cytometry

22 February 2017: A new paper by CNBP researcher Tony Orth (lead author pictured) describes how to use large image sets to perform cell classification and imaging performance. The work combines years of hardware development on a high throughput microlens microscope together with large scale image processing. The authors on the paper found that they […]

OCT probe talks

12 February 2017: Dr Jiawen Li, CNBP researcher, has given a number of invited talks, on her ongoing work with optical coherence tomography (OCT) and fiber-optic needle probes. Her talks were focused on addressing the penetration-depth limitation of optical imaging through the development of miniaturised fibre-optic probes that may be inserted deep into the body. Representative technologies […]

Hyperspectral unmixing methodology validated

10 February 2017: A new publication from CNBP researchers Aziz Ul Rehman (pictured), Ayad Anwer, Martin Gosnell, Saabah Mahbub, Guozhen Liu and Ewa Goldys demonstrates the validation of an innovative hyperspectral unmixing methodology, that can derive chemical information from cell colour. The work has just been reported in the journal ‘Biomedical Optics Express’ and is accessible online. […]

Gold-loaded liposomes with photosensitizers for PDT

2 February 2017: A new publication from CNBP researchers Wei Deng (pictured), Sandhya Clement and Ewa Goldys indicates that gold-loaded liposomes incorporating photosensitizers may serve as improved agents in photodynamic therapy and chemotherapy. The work has just been reported in the International Journal of Nanomedicine and is accessible online. Journal: International Journal of Nanomedicine. Title: […]

Research findings and the media

31 January 2017: “Now, more than ever, in a world filled with ‘fake news’, it’s up to researchers to work hard to have accurate messages publicised,” says CNBP researcher Dr Hannah Brown in an article published  in The Conversation. Read more on how scientists and the media can work together to effectively bring science to the public.  

New Masters student

31 January 2017: We welcome new Masters student Weikun Huang (pictured left) to the CNBP team at the University of Adelaide. Weikun’s project aims to design and construct multiplexing microstructured optical fibre to quantify the concentration of metal ions (K+, Ca2+) and glucose. This paving the way for the monitoring of dynamic changes in extracellular […]

Grant success

30 January 2017: CNBP researchers at Macquarie University – Research Fellow Lindsay Parker (pictured left) and A/Prof Andrei Zvyagin have been successful as Chief Investigators on a $100,000 Macquarie University Research Infrastructure Block Grant. The grant will support a research assistant (Anna Guller, CNBP PhD candidate) to help build capacity in and use Macquarie University’s […]

New ‘smart needle’ to make brain surgery safer

20 January 2017: A new high-tech medical device to make brain surgery safer has been developed by researchers at the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics located at the University of Adelaide. Led by CNBP Investigator Professor Robert McLaughlin (pictured), the tiny imaging probe, encased within a brain biopsy needle, lets surgeons ‘see’ at-risk blood vessels as they insert […]

Science ‘Experience Day’ at RMIT

18 January 2017: Researchers at CNBP’s RMIT University node were busy doing light-based demonstrations on Wednesday Jan 18th, as part of the ‘RMIT University Experience Day’ program, whereby students from years 10, 11 and 12 get to engage in hands-on workshops and explore life on campus while experiencing the differing aspects of University discipline areas. […]

Deep-penetrating photodynamic therapy

4 January 2017: CNBP researchers (Liuen Liang pictured), report on the deployment of upconversion nanoparticles to enhance the treatment depth of the fluorescent protein KillerRed in photodynamic therapy. The work was published in the journal ‘Acta Biomaterialia’ and is accessible online. Journal: Acta Biomaterialia. Title: Deep-penetrating photodynamic therapy with KillerRed mediated by upconversion nanoparticles. Authors: Liuen […]
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