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What is Nanoscale Biophotonics?

Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics have an early hurdle to jump when trying to explain their research to friends, family and the general public. What on earth is nanoscale biophotonics? While nothing about the field could exactly be called “simple”, it does become easier to understand when we realise that […]

Australia wins ‘bronze’ at global neurophotonics summer school

10 July 2019: A mini-project to map the hearing capability of zebrafish won Adelaide-based PhD student Mengke Han third prize at global neurophotonics summer school that brought some the world’s brightest minds together in Quebec, Canada in June. Mengke represented Australia at the Frontiers in Neurophotonics Summer School, where researchers and students spent 10 days […]

Through the looking glass

8 July 2019: The paper, Stereochemistry and innate immune recognition, opens the door to potential future treatments for sepsis, chronic pain and other conditions that cause inflammation. The paper’s origins can be traced back nearly 15 years to when CNBP Director Mark Hutchinson began work on a project as a post-doc in the US with […]

Shedding light on golden staph

3 July 2019: A groundbreaking new technique will slash the time it takes to detect potentially lethal golden staph infection from two days to just two hours. Researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) targeted the bacterium with a luminescent DNA probe. “This allows us to find the “needle in the […]

Nanodiamonds are a wound’s best friend

2 July 2019, By Amanda Abraham. Band-aids and bandages are remarkable. A simple invention allows us to cover, treat and protect injuries until they have time to heal. But they come with a big drawback – the only way we can check how well the wound is healing, is by removing them. This means that […]

New probe to detect hydrogen peroxide

10 June 2019: A team of CNBP researchers have published a new paper discussing the design and application of a micro fabricated needle-like probe to measure hydrogen peroxide.  This new microfluidic tool has applications for monitoring dynamic chemical reactions in analytical chemistry and biological systems. Journal: RSC Advances Publication Title: Microfabricated needle for hydrogen peroxide […]

Research award for Ms Megan Lim

5 June 2019:  Congratulations to PhD Student Ms Megan Lim who was awarded the Robinson’s Research Institute Prize for Best presentation in the field of reproduction, pregnancy or child health at The Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) conference. Megan’s oral presentation was titled “Investigation of haemoglobin as an antioxidant to reduce reactive oxygen species during […]

What is the potential for CRISPT/Cas Multiplex Biosensing?

29 May 2019: Recent publication by CNBP PhD student Mr Yi Li and team at the University of New South Wales explores the challenges and opportunities of working with CRISPR /Cas for multiplex detection Journal: Trends in Biotechnology Publication Title: CRISPR/Cas Multiplexed Biosensing: A Challenge or an Insurmountable Obstacle? Authors: Yi Li, Linyang Liu, Guozhen Liu Abstract:  Performing multiplex detection […]

Pop-up science

25 May 2019: CNBP researchers Dr Georgina Sylvia and Dr Erin Smith (in conjunction with Children’s University Adelaide) have taken their love of science to the public, demonstrating fun-filled experiments to budding young scientists at a ‘pop-up’ event titled ‘The Magic and Wonder of Science’. The event took place as part of the biennial ‘Dream Big Children’s Festival’, held […]

Cancer research to the public

20 May 2019: CNBP AI at Macquarie University and Early Career Fellow at the Cancer Institute NSW, Dr Andrew Care, has presented his research to a packed house at a ‘Pint of Science’ public outreach and engagement event, 20th May 2019. Held at the Nags Head Hotel, Glebe, Sydney, Dr Care talked about the latest […]

Hemoglobin and its role in the oocyte and early embryo

6 May 2019: Hemoglobin expression in reproductive cells and the role of hemoglobin on oocyte and early embryo development is the focus of this latest CNBP review paper published in the journal ‘Biology of Reproduction’ (lead author Megan Lim based at the University of Adelaide). Journal: Biology of Reproduction. Publication title: Hemoglobin: potential roles in the oocyte […]

New cytokine sensing device developed

1 May 2019: A molecular imprinted polymer biosensing device (developed on stainless steel) that can successfully detect cytokines has been reported by CNBP researchers. Cytokines are proteins secreted by cells that stimulate surrounding cells into specific action and are important to an organism’s immune responses. The finding was reported in the journal ‘Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical’ […]

Collaborative research visit to Peking University

April 2019 CNBP PhD Student Ms Yuan Qi Yeoh enjoyed a two week collaborative visit with Prof Xuefeng Guo’s team at Peking University. Working with Peking University PhD student Xinjiani Chen on a  research project involving the molecular dynamics of the secondary structure of a cyclic photoswitchable peptide. Yuan Qi had the opportunity to participate […]

Towards a deployable device for cytokine sensing

29 April 2019: A new research publication (lead author CNBP PhD student Fuyuan Zhang) reports on real-time sensing and detection of cytokines using a 3D optical fibre. Journal: Molecular Systems Design & Engineering. Publication title: IFN-γ-induced signal-on fluorescence aptasensors: from hybridization chain reaction amplification to 3D optical fiber sensing interface towards a deployable device for cytokine […]

In-body fibre optic imaging to go 3D

26 April 2019: An advanced new method has been developed by CNBP researchers that may open the door to 3D microscopy in hard-to-reach areas of the human body. It sees the successful miniaturization of a 3D imaging technique called ‘light field imaging’, taken to extreme new levels, making in-body application possible. It could find significant […]

New method to functionalise glass fibers

17 April 2019: One of the biggest challenges associated with exposed core glass optical fiber-based sensing is the availability of techniques that can be used to generate reproducible, homogeneous and stable surface coating. CNBP scientists report a one step, solvent free method for surface functionalization of exposed core glass optical fiber that allows for the […]

Binding mechanisms of solid-binding peptides

5 April 2019: A new review article by CNBP PhD student Rachit Bansal and CNBP Associate Investigators (Anwar Sunna, Andrew Care and Tiffany Walsh) reports on experimental tools to study the binding mechanism of synthetic peptides to solid materials. The review provides insights into the role of these peptides as molecular building blocks for nanobiotechnology. […]

Non-invasive assessment of islet cells

2 April 2019: Professor Ewa Goldys, CNBP Deputy Director, UNSW Sydney,  in partnership with Associate Professor Shane Grey from the Garvan Institute have received an international grant from JDRC  for “Noninvasive assessment of islet cells”. This project will develop a non-invasive method for real-time monitoring of encapsulated beta cells in vitro and in vivo.  This […]

Henan University visit

2 April 2019: CNBP Chief Investigators at Macquarie University, Prof Jim Piper and Prof Nicole Packer, as well as CNBP Associate Investigator Dr Bingyang Shi have met with delegates from Henan University led by Prof. Yang Zhonghua, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Henan University Vice President. Henan University, founded in 1912, is located in Kaifeng, China and […]

Liquid-metal nanoparticles focus UV light

29 March 2019: Liquid-metal nanoparticles can focus ultraviolet light at the nanoscale. Read more in a publication reporting on the UV plasmonic properties of colloidal gallium-indium particles (lead author CNBP Associate Investigator Dr Philipp Reineck, RMIT University). Journal: Scientific Reports. Publication title: UV plasmonic properties of colloidal liquid-metal eutectic gallium-indium alloy nanoparticles. Authors: Philipp Reineck, Yiliang Lin, Brant […]
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The Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics links Australia's key nanophotonics groups and builds on Global Collaborations with a focus on doing the science required to advance biology.