Welcome to the CNBP

At the CNBP we use the power of light to measure, seeking to understand the complex molecular processes that underpin the living body, as well as other dynamic biological systems. 

Our approaches and technologies encompass discovery—of chemical, nanomaterial and fibre based light responsive tools—that Sense and that can also Image. 

Bringing these three core capability areas together, we are driving the development of innovative new molecular sensing tools that have broad application across the biosciences, medical, agriculture, food and manufacturing sectors. 

From next-generation diagnostic devices monitoring for health and disease, through to advanced bio-devices overseeing food and quality control—our tools are measuring activity at the nanoscale, in ways that are producing societal benefit and impact.

You can delve deeper into the impact of our research, explore the advancements we’ve made into areas such as IVF, wound healing and pain, learn about the tools and capabilities we’ve developed and discover some of the people who made it all possible via our new legacy website.



Announcing the CNBP legacy website

1 September 2020 We are incredibly proud to announce the launch of our legacy website www.cnbplegacy.org.au. Over the past seven years, the CNBP has developed an incredible track record of success, and this legacy website is designed to share our successes with the world. From the convergence of disciplines spanning physics, chemistry and biology to deliver innovations […]

Mark Hutchinson: Silo Buster

20 August 2020: Re published with permission from The Brilliant For 20 years, Mark Hutchinson has been breaking down territorial boundaries. His career has thus become not just a case study in highly original research, but a simultaneous battle against intellectual bureaucracy. Right at the very outside of his scientific career he hit a wall that he […]

Finding Your Voice

13 August 2020: By Kathryn Palasis and Aimee Horsfall On Wednesday July 22nd, the Adelaide node CNBP ECRs met with Kylie Ahern and LJ Loch from STEMMatters to learn more about how to effectively engage with the media. Kathryn Palasis and Aimee Horsfall have summarised their key takeaways below. The media landscape has changed a […]

Smart needle receives $1mil to make brain surgery safer

4 August 2020. By Kelly Brown/University of Adelaide A smart brain biopsy needle for faster and safer neurosurgery has received $1 million from the Australian Government’s BioMedTech Horizons program, operated by MTPConnect. Brain tumours are the leading cause of cancer-related death in children and have one of the largest disease burdens across all ages because […]

Creating a Successful Virtual Conference during COVID-19

30 July 2020: By Kate Chadwick: When people think about an academic conference they imagine a leading light giving a keynote address, people sitting in rows yawning through PowerPoint presentations, interesting conversations over cake at morning tea, and perhaps the boss making merry and breaking into a song at the conference dinner. Initially, the plan […]
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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.