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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 […]

Visualizing neuroinflammation

21 March 2019: A new time-gated microscopy approach has been reported by CNBP researchers that will help neurobiologists better visualize neurokine signaling (and other) molecules in cells or tissue samples. Lead author of the publication is CNBP researcher Dr Lindsay Parker, Macquarie University. Journal: Journal of Neuroinflammation. Publication title:  Visualizing neuroinflammation with fluorescence and luminescent lanthanide-based in […]

Automated detection of eye surface cancer

20 March 2019: A new automated non-invasive technique for diagnosing eye surface cancer (ocular surface squamous neoplasia or OSSN) has been developed by CNBP researchers and collaborators. The technique has the potential to reduce the need for biopsies, prevent therapy delays and make treatment far more effective for patients. Reported in a clinical journal ‘The Ocular Surface’, […]

Osteoarthritis assessment to go hi-tech

13 March 2019: CNBP scientists have reported an advanced new imaging technique that allows the condition of joint cartilage to be examined—right down to a molecular level. The technique has potential for diagnostics and treatment-planning of cartilage disease and impairment, including for osteoarthritis. “Damage and degradation of cartilage around joints leads to severe pain and loss […]

Research grant to tackle Parkinson’s Disease

22 February 2019: CNBP Associate Investigators Dr Lyndsey Collins-Praino (University of Adelaide) and Dr Andrew Care (Macquarie University) together with CNBP Director Prof. Mark Hutchinson have been awarded a highly competitive Research Grant by the NeuroSurgical Research Foundation. The funds will help the team to work on pioneering a novel nanotechnology that will look to prevent […]

ECR Award goes to Dr Philipp Reineck

14 February 2019: Congratulations to CNBP Associate Investigator Dr Philipp Reineck (RMIT VC Research Fellow), who has been awarded an RMIT University School of Science ‘Early Career Researcher Award’ for his outstanding research outputs and achievements in 2018. Recognized was Philipp’s publication output. This included ten papers (with three  officially published in 2019). Also his […]

Ruthenium-based sensor detects nitric oxide

8 February 2019: In a new publication, a responsive Ruthenium-based luminescence sensor was employed as a molecular probe for detecting nitric oxide (NO). The research suggests potential clinical utility for the measurement of soluble NO in the circulation system and possibly tissue. Lead authors of this paper are CNBP’s Dr Achini Vidanapathirana and Benjamin Pullen (both […]

Gold nanomembranes with nanoholes

1 February 2019: In a break-through in the field of nano membrane related research, CNBP alumni scientist Dr Peipei Jia and colleagues report on the development of large-area freestanding gold nanomembranes with nanohole arrays fabricated using a replication-releasing procedure. More information available below! Journal: Materials Horizons. Publication title:  Large-area Freestanding Gold Nanomembranes with Nanoholes. Authors: Peipei Jia, Kamil Zuber, […]

Fraunhofer IAF visit

29 January 2019: CNBP PhD student, Marco Capelli (RMIT) has recently undertaken a three month residency at the Fraunhofer IAF (Institute for Applied Solid State Physics) in Freiburg, Germany.  He reports on his work and collaborative activity there, focused on furthering the measurement of magnetic fields with diamond crystals. During the months from October to December […]

Not all fluorescent nanodiamonds are created equal

28 January 2019: Hundreds of individual tiny fluorescent diamond particles have been imaged and characterized by CNBP researchers, reported in the journal ‘Particle & Particle Systems Characterization’. Fluorescent nanodiamonds (FNDs) are vital to many emerging nanotechnological applications, from bioimaging and sensing to quantum nanophotonics. The study identifies opportunities to improve the properties of single fluorescent […]

Tailoring third-harmonic generation

25 January 2019: CNBP Associate Investigator Dr Stephen C. Warren-Smith is lead author on a new publication that has demonstrated multi-wavelength third-harmonic generation from an exposed-core microstructured optical fibre. Journal: Optics Letters. Publication title: Tunable multi-wavelength third-harmonic generation using exposed-core microstructured optical fiber. Authors: Stephen C. Warren-Smith, Kay Schaarschmidt, Mario Chemnitz, Erik P. Schartner, Henrik Schneidewind, Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, […]

New CNBP researcher at Macquarie University

25 January 2019: CNBP is happy to announce its newest Research Fellow based at Macquarie University, Dr Simone De Camillis. Simone will be working with CNBP Chief Investigator Prof. Jim Piper and his team to further explore the UCNP super-resolution technology for advanced biological applications, as well as collaborate across the wider CNBP community. Simone […]

CNBP presents at IETS Conference

23 January 2019: Prof Brant Gibson and Prof Jeremy Thompson (both CNBP Chief Investigators) have attended (and presented) at the  International Embryo Technology Society (IETS) conference held in New Orleans, January 20– 23, 2019. A lunch presentation session sponsored by CNBP, provided both representatives with the opportunity to talk about CNBP as well as to provide information […]

Light-based imaging in the body

22 January 2019: Senior  indigenous students were given an insight into life as an academic researcher, as well as provided with an overview of light-based imaging in the body, following an outreach presentation undertaken by CNBP’s Dr Annemarie Nadort at Macquarie University. Dr Nadort’s presentation (the challenge of exploring blood as it circulates through the body) and hands-on […]

New researcher joins Adelaide team

22 January 2019: CNBP welcomes its newest research recruit to Adelaide University, Dr Erin Smith. Dr Smith will be working with CNBP Chief Investigator Prof. Andrew Abell and his group to explore the synthesis of photoswitchable inhibitors. Previously, Dr Smith completed a PhD in synthetic chemistry at Curtin University in collaboration with Epichem. She was investigating […]

New aptamer sensor developed for detection of AFM1

16 January 2019: A new aptamer sensor has been developed for the sensitive detection of AFM1 toxin in milk products. Lead author of the paper published in the journal ‘Nanomaterials’ is CNBP PhD candidate Fuyuan Zhang (pictured). Journal: Nanomaterials. Publication title:  Turn-On Fluorescence Aptasensor on Magnetic Nanobeads for Aflatoxin M1 Detection Based on an Exonuclease […]

Cutting-edge biosensing applications of CRISPR reviewed

14 January 2019: A new paper by CNBP researchers and colleagues (including CNBP Associate Investigator Guozhen Liu, UNSW Sydney) reviews cutting-edge biosensing applications of CRISPR. Journal: Trends in Biotechnology. Publication title:  CRISPR/Cas Systems towards Next-Generation Biosensing. Authors: Yi Li, Shiyuan Li, Jin Wang and Guozhen Liu. Abstract: Beyond its remarkable genome editing ability, the CRISPR/Cas9 effector […]

Helping make brain surgery safer

19 December 2018: Researchers from CNBP and the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing, together with Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and University of Western Australia collaborators, have demonstrated  the potential of an ‘imaging needle’ for reducing the risk of dangerous brain bleeds in patients undergoing brain biopsy. In the journal Science Advances, the researchers describe how […]

Cellular glycan surfaces in the central nervous system

17 December 2018: A review paper by CNBP researchers (lead author  Sameera Iqbal pictured) reports on the examination of cellular glycan surfaces in the central nervous system and links to disorders and disease such as Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis and more. Journal: Biochemical Society Transactions. Publication title:  Understanding cellular glycan surfaces in the central nervous […]

Super-resolution volumetric imaging

11 December 2018: The Australian Research Council (ARC) has announced funding for a super-resolution imaging facility that will be the first of its kind in Australia. The facility brings together a consortium of multidisciplinary researchers from leading Australian Universities, Institutes and Research Centres (including CNBP) to develop new capacities for materials science, photonics devices, engineering, […]

Soft-glass imaging microstructured optical fiber

10 December 2018: A proof-of-concept fabrication of a soft-glass imaging microstructured optical fiber has been demonstrated by CNBP scientists in a new research paper published in the journal Optics Express. Lead author of the paper is Dr Stephen C. Warren-Smith, CNBP Associate Investigator at the University of Adelaide who notes that it is envisaged that […]

Expertise in microfluidic device development!

29 November 2018: Meet CNBP’s Dr Lianmei Jiang in our latest ‘Quick Chat’ video! She’s developing advanced microfluidic devices for use in cancer diagnosis. “What I love about science is the more that I learn, the more I realise how little I actually know. Science is a way to turn ‘I don’t know’ into ‘I […]

Optimising the creation of NV centres in diamond

24 November 2018: An improved method to convert nitrogen to nitrogen-vacancy (NV) color centers in diamond has been reported by CNBP researchers in a paper published in the journal Carbon. Lead author of the paper was CNBP student Marco Capelli (pictured). Journal: Carbon. Publication title: Increased nitrogen-vacancy centre creation yield in diamond through electron beam irradiation at […]

Modulation of the nano-environment

15 November 2018: A new CNBP research publication (lead author Dr Roman Kostecki, University of Adelaide) describes how molecular interactions can be modulated by defining the local nano-environment to give a specific chemical outcome. Journal: ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. Publication title: Control of Molecular Recognition via Modulation of the Nanoenvironment. Authors: Roman Kostecki, Sabrina Heng, Adrian M. […]

Optical fiber based immunosensor detects cytokines

13 November 2018: An immunosensor created on an optical fiber surface has been developed by CNBP researchers that has successfully detected cytokine proteins in a rat’s spinal cord. The result indicates that such fiber sensors can be used as an effective and sensitive tool for localised detection of cytokines in vivo, in a range of research […]

A spiropyran-based nanocarrier

10 November 2018: CNBP researchers have published a new science paper reporting on a new zinc responsive delivery system with real-time intracellular sensing capabilities. Lead author of the publication is Dr Sabrina Heng (pictured). Journal: Chemistry. Publication title: Spiropyran‐based Nanocarrier: A New Zn2+‐Responsive Delivery System with Real Time Intracellular Sensing Capabilities. Authors: Sabrina Heng, Xiaozhou Zhang, Jinxin Pei, Alaknanda […]

Brain Foundation research gift awarded

30 October 2018: CNBP Associate Investigators Dr Lyndsey Collins-Praino (University of Adelaide) and Dr Andrew Care (Macquarie University), together with CNBP Director Prof Mark Hutchinson have been awarded a highly competitive Research Gift by the Australian Brain Foundation. The funds granted will help the team to develop a new technique that aims to prevent the […]

Best ECR presentation award

26 October 2018: CNBP’s Dr Nisha Schwarz, has won ‘Best ECR Presentation’ at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) Research Showcase event, held Friday 26th October. Nisha’s presentation was ‘Colchicine in CVD : An Ancient Therapeutic With Novel Applications. But How?’ During the talk she revealed some insights on its mechanisms specific to atherosclerosis. […]

‘Ingenuity’ promotes STEM study

23 October 2018: ‘Ingenuity’, a public facing event run by the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences (University of Adelaide) was recently held at the Adelaide Convention Centre and CNBP science was represented! The University event, showcasing final year student projects and achievements, was attended by thousands of school students, industry representatives and members […]

QST partner launch

15 October 2018: The ‘National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology (QST)’ has been announced as a partner organisation of the CNBP at an official launch event held in Japan, October 15th, 2018. The QST, a merger of the National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS) with operations that were previously undertaken by the […]

Glycan cancer research features on Nine News

13 October 2018: Dr Arun Everest-Dass, CNBP researcher at the Institute for Glycomics at Griffith University has been interviewed by Nine News  about his glycan focused cancer research. The interview took place during the Institution’s annual Glycomics Week activities, the aim of which is to draw attention to the significant glycan research taking place in the […]

CNBP tech transfer on show at STA event

11 October 2018: CNBP science and it’s translation into exciting new commercial ventures  was on show at the ‘Science meets Business’ event held in Brisbane, October 11th, 2018. The event, coordinated by STA, brought national and international corporate leaders and entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and angel investors together with Australian research and commercialisation pioneers, to help […]

Strong microwave photon-magnon coupling in multiresonant dielectric antennas

9 October 2018: A new perspectives paper by CNBP researcher Dr Ivan Maksymov, RMIT University discusses dielectric resonant systems and demonstrates their ability to operate as multiresonant antennas for light, microwaves, magnons, sound, vibrations and heat. Journal: Journal of Applied Physics. Publication title: Perspective: Strong microwave photon-magnon coupling in multiresonant dielectric antennas. Author: Ivan S. Maksymov. Abstract: Achieving quantum-level […]

Publications masterclass gets top marks from attendees

9 October 2018: CNBP has held a successful ‘Publications Masterclass’ for its PhD students, providing participants with a hands-on experience in preparing manuscripts for academic peer reviewed journals. Hosted by Professor Andrew Greentree (RMIT) and Professor Tiffany Walsh at Deakin University, the two day masterclass (8-9th October) took 18 students through the publication writing process, provided tips […]

Nanoporous anodic alumina photonic crystals

4 October 2018: A new review paper by CNBP student Cheryl Suwen Law (University of Adelaide) & other CNBP coauthors provides a comprehensive and up-to-date collation of fundamental and applied developments of nanoporous anodic alumina photonic crystals as optical platforms for chemo- and biosensing applications. Journal: Nanomaterials. Publication title: Nanoporous Anodic Alumina Photonic Crystals for Optical […]

3D printing of OCT probes

4 October 2018: A new paper published in Scientific Reports demonstrates the feasibility of 3D printing of optical coherence tomography (OCT) fibre-optic probes. Lead author on the publication is CNBP’s Dr Jiawen Li (pictured). Journal: Scientific Reports. Publication title: Two-photon polymerisation 3D printed freeform micro-optics for optical coherence tomography fibre probes. Authors: Jiawen Li, Peter Fejes, Dirk Lorenser, […]

Medical Innovation Awards success

3 October 2018: Dr Yiqing Lu, CNBP Associate Investigator at Macquarie University, has  taken out second place in the prestigious Centenary Institute Medical Innovation Awards. The awards recognise the pursuits of young Australian researchers who are at the forefront of medical research. For his work in developing a new nanocrystal powered optical imaging technique – to help […]

Medical applications of light and fibre optics

20 September 2018: A class of Year 11 Physics students from Loreto College, Marryatville, South Australia were visited by CNBP researcher Dr Jiawen Li, September 20th, 2018. During the outreach visit Dr Li spoke on the medical uses of fibre optics technology and answered questions from the class, helping shed light on the life of a […]

Amperometric sensing device to detect cytokines

10 September 2018: A new paper with CNBP co-authors Prof Mark Hutchinson, Prof Ewa Goldys and Dr Guozhen Liu demonstrates an amperometric sensing device based on graphene oxide (GO) and structure-switching aptamers for long-term detection of cytokines in a living organism. Journal: ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. Publication title: Graphene Oxide Based Recyclable in Vivo Device for Amperometric […]

Optical fibre innovation via trans-disciplinary approach!

10 September 2018: CNBP researchers have published a new  trans-disciplinary review that reports on the Centre’s development of advanced optical fibre probes for use in biomedical sensing and imaging. The paper examines CNBP innovation through convergence of multiple science disciplines to generate opportunities for the fibre probes to address key challenges in real-time in vivo […]

Lighting up AstroLight 2018

8 September, 2018: It was a fantastic evening of outreach by the CNBP-RMIT team at the annual AstroLight Festival, at Scienceworks in Melbourne, 8th September, 2018. A wide range of demonstrations, talks and hands-on activities from volunteers from Observatories, Universities and Research Centres brought science to life to over 600 members of the public at […]

Peptides as bio-inspired electronic materials

7 September 2018: A new paper with CNBP authors Jingxian Yu, John Horsley and Andrew Abell extends fundamental knowledge of charge transfer dynamics and kinetics in peptides and also open up new avenues to design and develop functional bio-inspired electronic devices, such as on/off switches and quantum interferometers, for practical applications in molecular electronics. Journal: Accounts […]

Understanding glycome changes in diabetic ovarian tissue

28 August 2018: This paper describes the characterization of protein glycosylation in the ovary and measures the changes that occur with the induction of diabetes. The lead author on the paper is CNBP PhD student Abdulrahman M Shathili from Macquarie University (pictured). Journal: Glycobiology. Publication title: The effect of streptozotocin-induced hyperglycemia on N-and O-linked protein glycosylation in […]

Profiting from the sugar coating of our cells

18 August 2018: Shathili Abdulrahman, CNBP PhD Student at Macquarie University has won a prize for his talk ‘Profiting from the sugar coating of our cells: Immunology drugs as a case study’. The successful talk took place at the ‘Third Saudi Scientific Symposium 2018’ organised by the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission in Australia and held […]

Light-based outreach at MQ Open Day

18 August 2018: Light-based demos ranging from optical fibre lamps, to infinity LED light boxes, to UV light and a fluorescing scorpion were all on show to the general public and potential new students at the CNBP stand at Macquarie University’s Open Day. At the stand, CNBP researchers took the opportunity to talk-up science and […]

CNBP science to Concordia College

17 August 2018: CNBP continued its outreach interactions with Concordia College (Adelaide) with a team of Centre researchers taking their light-focused science to the school, all in support of National Science Week. Two separate outreach sessions were undertaken by the CNBP team at the college (each session presented to approximately 75 Year 9 and Year […]

New CNBP researcher at RMIT

16 August 2018: CNBP welcomes its newest recruit at RMIT University, Dr Amanda Abraham. She will work with A/Prof Brant Gibson, CNBP Deputy Director and his team, where she will utilise her expertise to explore the biological applications of fluorescent nanomaterials including nanodiamonds, as well as collaborate across the wider CNBP community. Amanda completed her PhD […]

Future Fellowship success for CNBP researchers

13 August 2018: In exciting grant funding news, ARC Future Fellowships were recently awarded to the following CNBP researchers: Prof Mark Hutchinson (CNBP Director, pictured) – University of Adelaide. Measuring pain in livestock: mechanisms, objective biomarkers and treatments. Dr Ivan Maksymov (CNBP Researcher Fellow) – RMIT University. Nonlinear optical effects with low-power non-laser light. Dr Steven […]

Open Day at the University of Adelaide

12 August 2018: The CNBP team at the University of Adelaide had their light-based science, advanced new tools and innovative startup companies on show at this year’s Open Day, Sunday 12 August, 2018. Members of the public and aspiring students had the opportunity to see ultra small 3D imaging needles from Miniprobes, the sensor from MEQ […]

CNBP shines at RMIT Open Day

12 August 2018: 250 members of the public including families and potential students visited CNBP laboratories at RMIT University, Sunday 12th August, 2018, as a part of the institution’s Open Day activity. Learning about the science of light, as well as sensing and imaging at the nanoscale, attendees were able to tour the biophotonics and […]

A kids focus at Sydney Science Festival

10 August 2018: Over one hundred primary school children saw CNBP and Macquarie University researchers Dr Martin Ploschner (pictured) and Dr Annemarie Nadort present fun-filled light-focused science demonstrations at the Australian Museum as a part of National Science Week and the Sydney Science Festival for 2018. Dr Martin Ploschner demonstrated how every-day items such as […]

New nanoparticles help detect deep-tissue cancers

6 August 2018: Researchers have developed a new form of nanoparticle and associated imaging technique that can detect multiple disease biomarkers, including those for breast cancer, found in deep-tissue in the body. Reported in the science journal ‘Nature Nanotechnology’, the research opens up a new avenue in minimally invasive disease diagnosis and will potentially have […]

Into the inner unknown

26 July 2018: Touching on issues as diverse as space science, natural disasters, pollution and extreme biology, Yr 7- 12 high school students had the opportunity to gain insight into humanity’s big issues at a three day Macquarie University outreach event held in association with the organisation ‘One Giant Leap (Australia)’. As a part of […]

Engineering protein-based nanoparticles

23 July 2018: A new review paper has been published in the journal ‘Genes’ featuring two CNBP Associate Investigators as co-authors, Dr Andrew Care (Cancer Institute NSW) and Dr Anwar Sunna (Macquarie University). Titled, ‘Bioengineering Strategies for Protein-based Nanoparticles’, the paper focuses on the tools available to custom-engineer protein-based nanoparticles for different applications, including those in nanomedicine […]

A photoresponsive LPD system developed

19 July 2018: CNBP researchers have published a paper reporting on  the development of a novel photoresponsive liposome-polycation-DNA (LPD) platform. Lead author on the paper was Wenjie Chen (pictured). Journal: Journal of Materials Chemistry B. Publication title: Photoresponsive endosomal escape enhances gene delivery using liposome-polycation-DNA (LPD) nanovector. Authors: Wenjie Chen, Wei Deng, Xin Xu, Xiang Zhao, Jenny Nhu Vo, Ayad […]

X-ray triggered nano-bubbles to target cancer

13 July 2018: Innovative drug filled nano-bubbles, able to be successfully triggered in the body by X-rays, have been developed by CNBP and Macquarie University researchers, paving the way for a new range of cancer treatments for patients. The tiny bubbles, known as liposomes, are commonly used in pharmacology to encapsulate drugs, making them more […]

Research translation is focus of CNBP workshop

11 July 2018: The take-home message from CNBP’s two day ‘Research Translation’ workshop, held in Adelaide, the 5th and 6th of July, was that high quality science can change people’s lives and that the research that CNBP undertakes is truly transformative with huge translation potential. Over 75 CNBP researchers, students, partners and invited guests attended […]

Vitamin D no defence against dementia

10 July 2018: New research from South Australian scientists has shown that vitamin D (also commonly known as the sunshine vitamin) is unlikely to protect individuals from multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease or other brain-related disorders. The findings, released today in the science journal ‘Nutritional Neuroscience’ reported that researchers had failed to find solid […]

Fresh Science with a nano-diamond twist

20 June 2018: Approximately 100 patrons at the Belgian Beer Cafe in Melbourne were treated to ten researchers showcasing their science as part of the ‘Fresh Science’ initiative (Victoria), June 20th, 2018. One of those ten researchers was CNBP student Marco Capelli from RMIT University who was a successful applicant to Fresh Science – a […]

New X-ray-induced photodynamic therapy system

19 June 2018: Researchers from CNBP have developed an X-ray-induced photodynamic therapy (PDT) system where nanoparticles incorporating a photosensitizer, verteporfin, were triggered by X-ray radiation to generate cytotoxic singlet oxygen. This system offers the possibility of enhancing the radiation therapy commonly prescribed for the treatment of cancer by simultaneous PDT. Lead author on the paper was […]

New CNBP partnership announced

13 June 2018: The ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) is pleased to announce that the Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry (CIAC) is now a Partner Organisation of the CNBP with Dr Xiaohui Wang (pictured) leading the relationship from the CIAC side as a formal CNBP Partner Investigator. Collaboration activity to take place […]

Fluorescence microscopy gets the BAMM treatment!

7 June 2018: A novel technique developed by researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) will help shine new light on biological questions by improving the quality and quantity of information that can be extracted in fluorescence microscopy. The technique, ‘bleaching-assisted multichannel microscopy’ (BAMM) takes a current long-standing weakness of fluorescence […]

Seminar and lab visit at Zhejiang University

7 June 2018: CNBP’s Dr Jiawen Li has given a science talk at the College of Optical Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, China, 7th June, 2018. The talk’s title was ‘Miniaturized multimodal fibre-optic probes for biomedical applications’. While at the college, Dr Li also visited laboratories specialising in super resolution microscopy, holography and optical coherence tomograpy (OCT). She […]

Detecting glycosylated hemoglobin

7 June 2018: A new review paper from CNBP researchers (lead author PhD student Jagjit Kaur) outlines current research activities on developing assays including biosensors for the detection of  glycosylated hemoglobin  (HbA1c). Measurement of HbA1c is used for assessing long term glycemic control in individuals with diabetes. Journal: Biosensors and Bioelectronics. Publication title: Different strategies for detection […]

CNBP science gets fresh

6 June 2018: CNBP researcher Dr Annemarie Nadort has participated in ‘Fresh Science’, a national competition helping early-career researchers find, and then share, their stories of discovery. The program takes up-and-coming researchers with no media experience and turns them into spokespeople for science, giving them media training and a public event to present their science to the […]

CNBP Alternate Science Careers workshop

4 June 2018: Although many students commence their doctoral studies with the aim of being a university academic, statistics show that the percentage who become professors is only around 0.5%. The RMIT node of the CNBP hosted an alternative careers workshop with five experts who shared their pathways from doctoral studies into the wider world. […]

New CNBP research node at Griffith University

29 May 2018: The ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) has announced today that Griffith University has become a collaborating partner and will host a CNBP research node at its Institute for Glycomics on the Southport, Gold Coast campus. As a research node and collaborating partner of the CNBP, Griffith University joins the […]

Commercialisation workshop outlines opportunities

17 May 2018: Thursday 17th May saw CNBP, The Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) and Adelaide Enterprise come together at the University of Adelaide to jointly host a well-attended Commercialisation Workshop. The event, with 45 participants comprising CNBP/IPAS researchers, students, Centre Associate Investigators and Chief Investigators looked to provide information, advice and discussion […]

Outreach at Adelaide High School

17 May 2018: Superstar of STEM and CNBP researcher Dr Sanam Mustafa has taken her outreach skills to Adelaide High School, speaking to approximately 300 Year 9 students (across two sessions) about her scientific activity, her career as a scientist and what it takes to succeed in a University environment. “My talk was extremely well […]

CNBP input into major exhibition

11 May 2018: The launch of a ground-breaking and unconventional permanent exhibition at Scienceworks titled ‘Beyond Perception: Seeing the Unseen’ had more than a touch of CNBP involvement with RMIT based researchers  A/Prof Brant Gibson and Dr Tony Orth involved in providing information, content and ideas to the exhibition over a 12-18 month planning and implementation period. […]

CNBP outreach at MQ ‘Career Ready Day’

10 May 2018: CNBP’s Dr Annemarie Nadort has shone a light on biophotonics, microcirculation, medical device development and a career in science to an audience of 35 Yr 9-10 high school students, at an outreach session at Macquarie University, May 10th, 2018. The students, attending the University as a part of a ‘career-ready’ day, were given a quick […]

Detecting zearalenone (a toxin found in cereals)

1 May 2018: CNBP PhD student at Macquarie University, Fuyuan Zhang (pictured), is first author on a new paper reporting on the development of magnetic nanobead based fluoroimmunoassays  for detection of zearalenone (a toxin found in cereals). Journal: Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical. Publication title: Novel magnetic nanobeads-based fluoroimmunoassays for zearalenone detection in cereals using protein G […]

A novel, high sensitivity Sagnac-interferometer biosensor

30 April 2018: A new publication featuring CNBP co-authors (Dr Stephen Warren-Smith pictured left and Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem) reports on the design and implementation of a novel, high sensitivity Sagnac-interferometer biosensor based on an exposed core microstructured optical fiber (ECF). Journal: Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical. Publication title: High-sensitivity Sagnac-interferometer biosensor based on exposed core microstructured optical […]

Fellowship supports ongoing study into chronic pain

26 April 2018: The Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP), an Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence is pleased to announce that Logan Jenkins, a researcher at Vanderbilt University, USA, is the successful recipient of the CNBP-American Australian Association (AAA) Fellowship for 2018. The Fellowship, coordinated by the AAA and funded by the CNBP, provides US$30,000 […]

New CNBP review paper on SERS

23 April 2018: CNBP researchers have  published a new review paper on surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS), reporting on recent developments and applications, and in particular examining SERS nanotags in biosensing and bioimaging, describing case studies in which differing types of biomarkers have been investigated. Lead author on the paper was Wei Zhang from Macquarie University. Journal: Journal […]

Centre outreach encourages a career in science

18 April 2018: Two fantastic sessions of outreach in two days by CNBP researcher Dr Annemarie Nadort saw 100 Year 11 and Year 12 students learn about biophotonics, blood cells and the skills required to create medical devices that benefit society. The sessions took place at Macquarie University and were part of a highly successful initiative aimed […]

Advanced sensor to unlock the secrets of the brain

17 April 2018: CNBP researchers have announced the development of a state-of-the-art sensor that can for the first time detect signalling molecules, called cytokines, which operate in the living brain. Cytokines in the brain are secreted by glia cells that make up nearly 90% of all brain cells. Cytokines play a central role in controlling […]

Sensing magnesium

17 April 2018: A new publication from CNBP researchers (lead author Georgina Sylvia pictured), presents the rational design and photophysical characterisation of spiropyran-based chemosensors for magnesium. Journal: Chemosensors. Publication title: A Rationally Designed, Spiropyran-Based Chemosensor for Magnesium. Authors: Georgina M. Sylvia, Adrian M. Mak, Sabrina Heng, Akash Bachhuka, Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, and Andrew D. Abell. Abstract: Magnesium ions (Mg2+) play an […]

Successful BioNetwork 2018 symposium

13 April 2018: The BioNetwork 2018 symposium titled ‘Killing it in Science’ was held Friday, 13th April at Macquarie University with significant CNBP involvement at the event. The aim of the symposium was to foster interactions across the Macquarie University biosciences researcher community encompassing the Science & Engineering and Medicine & Health Sciences Faculties. A unique […]

Fibre-needle probe for imaging and sensing in deep tissue

6 April 2018: A world-first tiny fibre-optic probe that can simultaneously measure temperature and sense deep inside the body has been reported by CNBP/IPAS researchers. According to lead author of the research, Dr Jiawen Li at the University of Adelaide, the probe may help researchers find better treatments to prevent drug-induced overheating of the brain, and […]

Understanding the role that sugars play

30 March 2018: CNBP scientists Chris Ashwood (pictured) and Prof Nicki Packer at Macquarie University have shown that sugars with exactly the same chemical composition but slightly different structure break apart differently in their latest publication in the area of mass spectrometry. This work is their first step in automating sugar analysis, to understand the role […]

Miniprobes innovation featured

20 March 2018: The CNBP spin-out company Miniprobes and its development of an inexpensive handheld scanner that can undertake microscopic analysis of surfaces has featured as a ‘success story’ as a part of the AUSInnovates campaign. The handheld imaging device is able to accurately measure the thickness of surface coatings applied to products – often less than a tenth of […]

Detecting hydrogen peroxide

19 March 2018: A nanosensor that can detect hydrogen peroxide has been developed by CNBP/IPAS researchers by combining fluorescent nanodiamonds with organic fluorescent probes. Importantly, cellular imbalance of hydrogen peroxide has been connected to aging and various severe diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular disorders, and Alzheimer’s. The work is featured in the latest edition of MRS […]

CINSW Fellowship awarded

16 March 2018: It has been formally announced that Dr Andrew Care, former CNBP Research Fellow and now Centre Associate Investigator, has been awarded a 2018 Early Career Fellowship from the Cancer Institute New South Wales (CINSW) to fund the research project, ‘Biological nanoparticles for the targeted delivery and light-triggered release of drugs’. This project […]

Reducing interference with cellular autofluorescence

14 March 2018: CNBP Research Fellow Nicole Cordina is first author on a new study that reports on two novel methods for reducing interference with cellular autofluorescence for bio-imaging. Journal: Scientific Reports. Publication title: Reduced background autofluorescence for cell imaging using nanodiamonds and lanthanide chelates. Authors: Nicole M. Cordina, Nima Sayyadi, Lindsay M. Parker, Arun Everest-Dass, Louise […]

New CNBP visiting researcher

12 March 2018: CNBP welcomes visiting researcher Ashley Grant to the University of Adelaide. Ashley graduated magna cum laude with the highest university honors from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, USA with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology. She will be based at the University of Adelaide for 12 months in […]

Aptasensors and cytokine detection

10 March 2018: A new review paper summarising recent advances in aptamer-based biosensors with a specific focus on cytokine sensing has been published in the journal ‘Trends in Analytical Chemistry’. The paper includes CNBP coauthors Fuyuan Zhang, Ewa M.Goldys and Guozhen Liu (pictured). Journal: Trends in Analytical Chemistry. Publication title: Advances in Structure-Switching Aptasensing Towards Real […]

Extending depth of field of MOF imaging probes

2 March 2018: A fully computational method for extending the depth of field of multicore optical fibers (MOF) imagers has been demonstrated by CNBP researchers in a new paper published in the journal ‘Optics Express’. The work shows that the depth of field can be more than doubled for certain spatial frequencies. Lead author on the publication is […]

New CNBP Outreach Chair announced

28 February 2018: CNBP welcomes Dr Melanie Bagg, Director of Communications and Outreach, Australian Academy of Science as the new Chair of its Education and Outreach Advisory Committee. The Committee provides guidance to the CNBP in marketing, public relations, communications and outreach with Melanie a PhD qualified medical research scientist and professional science communicator. In […]

Awards congratulations

28 February, 2018: Congratulations to the following CNBP students and researchers who were successful at the annual ‘Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) Awards’. Jiawen Li (Joint IPAS Best ECR Paper) Team: Patrick Capon, Malcolm Purdey, Benjamin Pullen and Andrew Abell (IPAS Best Transdisciplinary Paper) Kathryn Palasis (Tanya Monro Best Student Oral Presentation)  

Add-on clip turns smartphone into fully operational microscope

19 February 2018: Australian researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) have developed a 3D printable ‘clip-on’ that can turn any smartphone into a fully functional microscope. Reported in the research journal ‘Scientific Reports’, the smartphone microscope is powerful enough to visualise specimens as small as 1/200th of a millimetre, including […]

CNBP at ‘Science meets Parliament’

15 February 2018: Four CNBP’ers attended ‘Science meets Parliament (SmP)’, a high profile political engagement STA event held in Canberra, 13-14th February, 2018. The event gives science, technology, engineering and mathematics professionals the chance to build a profile for their important work in the Parliamentary environment. This includes meeting privately with politicians to discuss areas […]

Goldys on ‘Key Thinkers’ panel

8 February 2018: The ability to develop a holistic and interdisciplinary vision was raised as a key attribute and skill by CNBP Deputy Director Prof Ewa Goldys at today’s ‘Key Thinkers – Key Concepts – Scholarly Gaze’ panel discussion, coordinated by the Faculty of Human Sciences, based at Macquarie University. The event, consisting of prominent […]

Understanding pain – Fibromyalgia

8 February 2018: Professor Mark Hutchinson, the Director of the Centre for Nanoscale Biophotonics, in the School of Medicine, at the University of Adelaide talked with Sonya Feldhoff, ABC Adelaide about fibromyalgia and what can be done to treat it. The interview can be heard in its entirety on the ABC radio website.

Detonation nanodiamonds to aid bioimaging

6 February 2018: Tiny 5 nm detonation nanodiamonds glow in different colors and their fluorescence is pH dependent, reports a new paper by CNBP scientists published today in the Nature journal Scientific Reports. Lead author of the paper Dr Philipp Reineck from RMIT University (Former CNBP Research Fellow and current CNBP Associate Investigator) notes that the […]

Poster award at National Conference

2 February 2018: Macquarie University and CNBP PhD student, Christopher Ashwood, has won a poster prize at the 23rd Annual Lorne Proteomics Symposium. His poster was about improving reproducibility in the field of glycomics, the study of protein glycosylation. Over 280 researchers attended the meeting.

Sameera Iqbal awarded poster prize

2 February 2018: Sameera Iqbal, CNBP PhD student at Macquarie University has been awarded a certificate and cash prize for her poster presentation at the Australasian Glycoscience Symposium at the Lorne Proteomics Conference, 2 Feb, 2018. Her poster detailed the following work – ‘PolySialic Acid (PolySia) is an α2-8-linked sialic acid chain present on cell surfaces […]
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