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New CNBP PhD student

20 October 2017: CNBP welcomes its latest PhD student Lu Peng who will study under the supervision of Center Investigators Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem and Dr Stephen Warren-Smith at the University of Adelaide. Lu’s project is focused on the use of exposed-core microstructured optical fibre to do two-dimensional fibre imaging. This research has the potential to be […]

Centre AI awarded prestigious Malcolm McIntosh Prize

18 October 2017: CNBP Associate Investigator Professor Dayong Jin, at the University of Technology Sydney, has been awarded the Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year. The award recognises Professor Jin’s innovative work with nanocrystals which allow for enhanced molecular imaging deep within the cellular environment, aiding early stage detection of cancer and disease. […]

Nanorubies for targeted bio-imaging

12 October 2017: Researchers from the CNBP have released a new paper that examines the use of nanorubies for targeted bio-imaging activity. The work (lead author Varun Sreenivasan pictured) is trans-disciplinary in nature, drawing on the Centre’s collective knowledge in physics, pharmacology, chemistry, material science and embryology. The paper, published in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces is […]

Nano ‘terminator style’ antennae

12 October 2017: The liquid metal, shape-shifting T-1000 Terminator cyborg, featuring in a 1991 science-fiction film Terminator 2, was made possible due to breakthroughs in computer-generated imagery. Some 25 years later, using breakthroughs in physics and chemistry CNBP scientists Dr Ivan Maksymov and Prof Andy Greentree at RMIT University have shown reconfigurable liquid-metal optical nanoantennae. […]

Prof Goldys elected as ATSE Fellow

11 October 2017: Fluorescence expert Ewa Goldys, Deputy Director at the CNBP and Professor at Macquarie University, has been elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE). The Fellowship recognises Professor Goldys’ pioneering research in non-invasive medical diagnostics, and her work associated with fluorescence, advanced materials and biomedicine, supporting […]

Lung tissue aspiration

11 October 2017: A new publication from CNBP researchers explores the integration of an optical coherence tomography (OCT) probe into a flexible needle for lung tissue aspiration. The paper (lead author Jiawen Li pictured), was published in the Journal of Biomedical Optics and is accessible online. Journal: Journal of Biomedical Optics. Publication title: Flexible needle with integrated optical […]

New CNBP researcher at MQ University

6 October 2017: CNBP welcomes its newest postdoctoral researcher to the team – Dr Jared Campbell who has just relocated to Sydney’s Macquarie University from the University of Adelaide. The move will see Jared work closely with Centre Deputy Director Prof Ewa Goldys where he will be focused on using hyperspectral microscopy to research the […]

Antibiotic research featured by the NHMRC

4 October 2017: With only two new antibiotic classes being discovered and developed in the last 50 years, Professor Andrew Abell, CNBP Chief Investigator and his team at the University of Adelaide have been featured on the NHMRC website as one of the ‘ten best’ research stories of the year. Prof Abell and team are going […]

New med-tech zinc sensor developed

27 September 2017: A new zinc sensor has been developed and reported by CNBP researchers, which will allow for a deeper understanding of the dynamic roles that metal ions play in regulating health and disease in the living body. The research, published in the journal ‘ACS Omega’ reports that the newly designed chemical sensor can […]

New technique to aid bladder cancer diagnosis

25 September 2017: A new and innovative automated computer technique has been developed by CNBP researchers that is able to significantly aid in the diagnosis of bladder cancer. The technique—which allows suspect lesion images to be quickly and effectively analysed and then classified for cancer risk, has been reported in the medical journal ‘Urologic Oncology’. […]

CNBP at AstroLight Festival

23 September 2017: CNBP scientists joined forces with astronauts, astronomers, scientists, stargazers and artists to present a night starring astronomy and light at the annual AstroLight Festival, held at Scienceworks in Melbourne, Saturday 23 September, 2017. The public event, which attracted more than 1,500 attendees, saw eleven CNBP team members involved – giving talks, undertaking […]

Glycan identification and quantitation

21 September 2017: Christopher Ashwood, CNBP PhD candidate, visited Ireland in September 2017, performing an oral presentation at the 16th Human Proteome Organisation World Congress with a presentation titled: “Open-glycomics: An open-access platform for software-assisted glycan identification and quantitation”. He also visited the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) where he also presented […]

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 […]
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