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.

Read more About us, delve deeper into our Research activity, look at our Case studies and play the video below to find out more about our innovative and transformational biophotonics activities!

 

CNBP News

Teaching nature new tricks to fight disease

For Dr Andrew Care, tiny structures inside living bacteria may hold the key to tackling many diseases. Shaped like miniature soccer balls, these protein nanocages can be modified to accomplish a wide range of tasks, from helping microbes cope with environmental stress to delivering drug payloads inside cancer cells. ‘They’re found in nature and are […]

Making babies

5 February 2020: In doubles tennis, teamwork is everything: knowing when to poach and when to fake, dividing the court effectively between partners, and knowing how to subtly communicate so that every serve placed benefits your partner. It’s a bit like science, said Hanna McLennan. The former junior singles champion discovered doubles was her strong […]

Disappearing trick

29 January 2020: Pain is a normal part of life, but persistent pain is oppressive to endure. “It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die,” said Roman emperor Julius Caesar, “than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.” Yet, many people live with persistent pain, defined as physical […]

Looking for the best in show

22 January 2020: For a couple unable to naturally conceive, in vitro fertilisation is often the only option – but it’s one that involves months, even years, of hope intertwined with disappointment. Contributing to the ‘hit and miss’ are the eggs taken from fallopian tubes of hopeful mothers or donors: healthy eggs are essential for healthy […]

Getting to the heart of disease

15 January 2020: Coronary artery disease kills around 7 million people each year, making it the leading cause of death worldwide. The culprit behind this life-threatening condition is build-up of high-risk plaque in the arteries which cause blood clots that block blood flow to the heart. But diagnosing this plaque before it becomes life-threatening is […]
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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.