Gold and graphene based platform

30 December 2015: Guozhen Liu, CNBP Research Fellow, is first author on the paper “Nanocomposites of gold nanoparticles and graphene oxide towards an stable label-free electrochemical immunosensor for detection of cardiac marker troponin-I.” Co-author of the paper is CNBP Deputy Director Ewa Goldys. The paper, published in the journal ‘Analytica Chimica Acta’ has been awarded […]

Poster win at Pacifichem 2015

20 December 2015: Congratulations to CNBP PhD student Georgina Sylvia – one of the winners in the Pacifichem Conference 2015 Student Poster Competition! Georgina attended the 2015 Pacifichem meeting (Hawaii) where she had been elected as a finalist (limited to the top 10% out of 3,500 student abstract submissions). Out of the 350 students in […]

New sensor to aid IVF

17 December 2015: CNBP researcher Malcolm Purdey is lead author on a new paper published in the Journal Sensors. The paper reports the first single optical fibre tip probe for concurrent detection of both hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) concentration and pH of a solution. The paper is titled “A Dual Sensor for pH and Hydrogen Peroxide […]

Future Fellowship awarded

16 December 2015: Congratulations to CNBP Research Fellow Dr Alfonso Garcia-Bennett, who today was awarded $674,352.00 under the ARC Future Fellowships scheme for 2016. The Fellowship which provides funding for four years, will allow Alfonso to develop his research in determining how the intrinsic physico-chemical properties of nanoparticles translate into extrinsic biological properties through their interaction with physiological […]

Inter-faculty BioFocus Research Conference at Macquarie

15 December 2015: Mid December saw the successful undertaking of the annual Inter-faculty BioFocus Research Conference at Macquarie University, with three CNBP aligned researchers key organisers of the event – Lindsay Parker, Annemarie Nadort and Varun Sreenivasan. The annual conference provides a platform for the multidisciplinary community at Macquarie University to present and communicate research, discuss research […]

Recognition for CNBP Advisory Board Member

15 December 2015: Prof Calum Drummond, RMIT Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation and Vice-President and CNBP Advisory Board Member, has been awarded the HG Smith Memorial Medal from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) for his ability to fundamentally advance a field of research in chemical science, as evidenced by 10 years of publications. The annual […]

Drawing tubular fibres

15 December 2015: CNBP researchers A/Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem and Dr Herbert Foo feature in this latest paper published in Optical Materials Express – ‘Drawing tubular fibres: experiments versus mathematical modelling.’ Abstract –  A series of six experiments drawing tubular fibres are compared to some recent mathematical modelling of this fabrication process. The importance of fibre […]

CNBP welcomes politicians

11 December 2015: CNBP was pleased to welcome The Hon Christopher Pyne MP (Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science), The Hon Karen Andrews MP (Assistant Minister for Science) and Senator The Hon Simon Birmingham (Minister for Education and Training) at the University of Adelaide today, discussing the Federal Government’s new National and Innovation Science Agenda. […]

Electronic transport in Si:P δ-doped wires

11 December 2015: ‘Electronic transport in Si:P δ-doped wires’ is the latest paper by CNBP Research Fellow Dr Daniel Drumm, published in the journal Physical Review B. Abstract – Despite the importance of Si:P δ-doped wires for modern nanoelectronics, there are currently no computational models of electron transport in these devices. In this paper we present a […]

Wyatt Roy visits CNBP at RMIT

10 December 2015: The Federal Member for Longman and Assistant Minister for Innovation Wyatt Roy, along with the Vice Chancellor of RMIT Martin Bean, toured the three new CNBP optics laboratories today. They were shown CNBP’s custom confocal microscope setups including the cryostat which can be use to study light emitting properties of fluorescent nanomaterials from […]

Coverage: Barbara Kidman Fellowships

10 December 2015: University of Adelaide and CNBP researchers Dr Sabrina Heng and Dr Melanie McDowall are recipients of the Barbara Kidman Women’s Fellowship for 2016. The Fellowship supports  female academics in enhancing and promoting their career, following time out of the workplace due to carer’s or family leave. The Fellowship is for 12 months and can […]

Maksymov at SPIE Micro+Nano conference

9 December 2015: Ivan Maksymov, CNBP researcher gave a talk on photoacoustic nanoantennae for intravascular imaging  at the SPIE Micro+Nano Materials, Devices, and Systems conference, that took place in Sydney, Dec 9, 2015. Conference information is available online.

Orth talks at SPIE Micro+Nano conference

8 December 2015: ‘Gigapixel hyperspectral microscopy for high content analysis’ was the talk undertaken by CNBP Research Fellow Antony Orth, at the SPIE Micro+Nano Conference in Sydney, December, 2015. The talk was based on the following research paper: Paper title: Gigapixel hyperspectral microscopy for high content analysis. Paper authors: Antony Orth, RMIT Univ. (Australia), The Rowland Institute […]

Life membership of AOS

8 December 2015: Prof Jim Piper, CNBP Macquarie University Node Leader has been awarded Honorary Life Membership of the Australian Optical Society (AOS) following the organisation’s annual general meeting, held in 2015. The award recognizes Jim’s contribution to the society over many years. His signature was on the Memorandum of Association that established the AOS as […]

Order of merit!

4 December 2015: CNBP’s Sabrina Heng has been awarded the Dean’s Order of Merit for the Edith Dornwell Medal for 2015. The award recognises research excellence by a female Early Career Researcher (ECR) within the Science Faculty of the University of Adelaide. Sabrina’s work on developing optical fiber-based, regenerable sensors for metal ions in biology, […]

Strategies for treating drug addiction

3 December 2015: Dr Sanam Mustafa, a CNBP researcher, has published a review in the journal ‘Current Opinion in Pharmacology’ discussing the complex mechanisms responsible for drug addiction. Also discussed is the targeting of dynamic neuroimmune receptor interactions, as a potential therapeutic strategy. The article is available online.  

MCP award from the Society for Glycobiology

2 December 2015: Nicki Packer, CNBP Chief Investigator, has been awarded the 2015 Molecular and Cellular Proteomics award by the Society for Glycobiology. The award, sponsored at the annual SfG conference by the American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (ASBMB) since 2013, is given to an individual whose accomplishments best represent the ideals of the research […]

Ivan Maksymov at ANZCOP

1 December 2015: CNBP researcher Ivan Maksymov gave a talk on photoacoustic nanoantennae for intravascular imaging at the Australian and New Zealand Conference on Optics and Photonics (ANZCOP), Adelaide, South Australia, December 1, 2015. Additional conference information is available online.

Summer students at RMIT node

1 December 2015: Two students will be hosted by CNBP’s RMIT node for a period of eight weeks over the summer period, during which time they will each complete a short term project and also gain hands-on experience in optics, light-matter interaction and the quantitative analysis of data. The students, Adam Francis and Timothy Doughhney, are […]

Piotr Wargocki back at Macquarie University

25 November 2015: CNBP welcomes back Piotr Wargocki who will be undertaking his PhD study as a Centre student at Macquarie University research node. Piotr previously graduated from the Politechnika Wrocławska (Technical University of Wroclaw), Department of Electronics, Faculty of Signal Processing. Following that he took on a second Masters course in the field of Biomedical Engineering […]

Coverage: MQ and Regeneus agreement

24 November 2015: Professor Ewa Goldys, Deputy Director from the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics was interviewed by The Australian and CH 10 News regarding a new collaboration agreement between Macquarie University and regenerative medicine company Regeneus. The agreement is based on further developing and commercialising CNBP cell selection technology.

New agreement to open the door to next generation cell therapies

24 November 2015: A new collaboration agreement has been announced today by Macquarie University and clinical-stage regenerative medicine company Regeneus Ltd, to commercialise a breakthrough cell selection technology that for the first time allows high potency secreting stem cells to be identified and selected for the manufacture of next generation cell therapies. The technology was […]

A new chelate for sensitive time-gated immunodetection

23 November 2015: CNBP researcher Nima Sayyadi is first author on a recently published paper titled, ‘A novel biocompatible europium chelate for sensitive time-gated immunodetection.’ The paper was published in the journal Chemical Communications. Abstract: We describe the synthesis of a novel hydrophilic derivative of a tetradentate β-diketone europium chelate that was used to prepare an […]

Tanya Monro at TEDx Adelaide 2015

21 November 2015: CNBP Advocate and Chief Investigator, Prof Tanya Monro, was one of a select group of speakers presenting at the Adelaide TEDx event for 2015. Tanya’s talk – on the intriguing topics of beauty and science – captured the imagination of a packed Adelaide Town Hall with discussion points including, “Physics is really about […]

Ivan Maksymov at Swinburne University

18 November 2015: Dr Ivan Maksymov, CNBP researcher at RMIT University, has presented his recent results on photoacoustic nanoantennas for intravascular imaging at an invited seminar at Swinburne University, Melbourne, Nov 18th 2015. The visit allowed him to discuss his findings, as well as to meet and network with the research group led by Professor Elena […]

New PhD student at Macquarie

18 November 2015: CNBP’s Macquarie University research node welcomes its latest PhD student Yan (Victoria) Wang. Victoria arrives from China with support from the China Scholarship Council (CSC) and Macquarie University. She gained her Masters degree  from the China Agricultural University. Professor James Piper (CNBP MQ Node Director) and Doctor Yiqing Lu (CNBP Research Fellow) will supervise […]

Chronic methamphetamines increase oxytocin levels

16 November 2015: CNBP Research Fellow Lindsay Parker has recently contributed to a manuscript published in the Journal of Neuroendocrinology studying the effects of chronic meth abuse on oxytocin levels and receptor expression. The paper is titled, “Chronic methamphetamine self-administration dysregulates oxytocin plasma levels and oxytocin receptor fibre density in the nucleus accumbens core and […]

CNBP visits Belmont High School

13 November 2015: CNBP researchers Andy Greentree, Denitza Denkova and Lindsay Parker took their science to the students on Friday Nov 13th, visiting Belmont High School for a fun filled day of outreach, incorporating science demonstrations, talks, informal discussion and chat. First up was a 75 minute stage show in front of approximately 80 students […]

Partner launch with Bioplatforms Australia

9 November 2015: CNBP successfully launched its partnership with Bioplatforms Australia at a larger Node event at Macquarie University, Sydney, Nov 9th, 2015. The partner launch, added to the official proceedings of the CNBP Macquarie University research node launch, featured CNBP Director Prof Mark Hutchinson and General Manager for Bioplatforms Australia, Mr Andrew Gilbert. Mark […]

CNBP researcher awarded NHMRC Peter Doherty fellowship

9 November 2015: CNBP Associate Investigator Dr Bing Yang Shi has been awarded the prestigious NHMRC Peter Doherty Fellowship for his project titled, “New nanoparticle strategies for efficient delivery and controlled release into the brain.” This fellowship provides a vehicle for full time training in basic research within biomedical sciences in Australia and enables fellows to work on research […]

CNBP launches Macquarie Uni node

9 November 2015: The ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) officially launched its Macquarie University Research Node, at a formal event today in Sydney. This official launch was attended by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bruce Dowton, a number of distinguished guests and a large contingent of CNBP researchers from all three Research Nodes, as well […]

Mark Hutchinson attends AFOSR program review

6 November, 2015 Mark Hutchinson, CNBP Director, attended the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Combined Biophysics and Human Performance Program Review that took place on 2-6 Nov 2015. The Program Review was hosted by the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine detachment at Fort Sam Houston. It served as an excellent opportunity to learn the […]

Controlling upconversion nanocrystals for emerging applications

6 November 2015: The latest review paper from CNBP researchers Dayong Jin and Bingyang Shi, bench-mark their world-leading roles in upconversion nanotechnoloy. The paper is titled, “Controlling upconversion nanocrystals for emerging applications.” Authors: Bo Zhou, Bingyang Shi, Dayong Jin & Xiaogang Liu. The full paper is available online with the abstract included below. Abstract: Lanthanide-doped upconversion nanocrystals […]

CNBP CI wins excellence award

4 November 2015: CNBP CI Nicki Packer has been recognised for her world leading achievements at Macquarie University, winning the  2015 Award for Excellence in Research – Innovative Technologies. Professor Packer and her team have been acknowledged as one of the first research groups in the world to link glycomics to the proteomics and genomics […]

Coverage: Talk of a cure for chronic pain

2 November 2015: CNBP Director Mark Hutchinson features in a 7 News report explaining how CNBP science can help with  the diagnosis of chronic pain via the development of a new ‘pain blood test’.    

Coverage: The nose knows best

30 October 2015: Professor Ewa Goldys, Deputy Director from the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics provided comment to Australian Life Scientist about her recent study which found the colour of neuronal cells in the nose can be used to diagnose for a rare genetic disorder called MELAS syndrome.  

New CNBP student at MQ

28 October 2015: CNBP’s Macquarie University node welcomes its newest PhD student, Meng He. Meng holds a Masters degree of Science, with a major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, having graduated from Fujian Normal University, China in June 2015. His thesis focused on bistratal artificial blood vessels and issues of bio-compatibility. Meng will be supervised by Prof. […]

CNBP dementia research given new funding boost

27 October 2015: In October 2015, CNBP researcher Dr Bingyang Shi, was awarded more than $571,000 in National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) – Australian Research Council (ARC) Career Development Fellowships. Says Bingyang, “I aspire to make important contributions to medical and public health based on my unique and sought-after set of knowledge and skills […]

Somatostatin 2A receptors not expressed

26 October 2015: Lindsay Parker, CNBP researcher has had a new manuscript accepted and published in the Journal of Comparative Neurology. Title: “Somatostatin 2A receptors are not expressed on functionally identified respiratory neurons in the ventral respiratory column of the rat.” The abstract is available online. An in situ hybridisation/immunohistochemistry staining microscopy photograph from the manuscript was […]

City University London launch

23 October 2015: CNBP and City University London (CUL) have formally celebrated their ongoing partnership activity, with a successful partner launch and joint workshop, undertaken at City University London, October 23rd, 2015. As part of proceedings, CNBP Director, Professor Mark Hutchinson, gave a comprehensive review of current CNBP activities, explaining its core themes – illuminate, recognize, measure and […]

Hannah Brown wins Young Investigator award

20 October 2015: Dr Hannah Brown, CNBP researcher, has won the 2015 South Australian Young Investigator Award – an initiative of the Women’s and Children’s Health Network. Now in its 16th year, this highly prestigious award recognises and promotes the outstanding research undertaken by young investigators in the area of women’s and children’s health issues. The […]

CNBP does Melbourne Knowledge Week

20 October 2015: CNBP’s RMIT node reached out to the public today, hosting a panel discussion on nanoscale technology as a part of  Melbourne Knowledge Week. ‘Up Close and Revealed: Life at the Nanoscale’ was the theme of the event with a focus on nanoscale optical sensors, quantum technology and next generation computational devices. Panel […]

CNBP represented at SfN 2015

17 October 2015: CNBP was represented at the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) 2015 conference with researcher Vicky Staikopoulos presenting a poster on her nanoparticle research. The conference took place October 17-21, at McCormick Place in Chicago. With more than 30,000 attendees from eigthy countries, SfN’s meeting is the world’s largest source of emerging news on brain science and […]

Brant Gibson interview on 3CR

16 October 2015: CNBP CI Brant Gibson talked with radio station 3CR about an event – ‘Up Close and Revealed: Life at the Nanoscale’, a public panel discussion that took place at CNBP’s RMIT node for Melbourne Knowledge Week. You can click through to the 19:50 minute mark (when Brant’s interview begins) or listen to […]

CNBP researchers visit Wuhan

12 October 2015: CNBP researchers from the University of Adelaide, Dr Jingxian Yu and Dr John Horsley, were invited by several academic facilities in Wuhan, China, to disseminate their recent research. Lectures were given to the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China University of Geosciences (CUG), […]

Colorado University lab visit

13 October 2015: CNBP researcher Vicky Staikopoulos undertook a visit to the Maier/Watkins Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Colorado in October 2015. Potential collaboration and expansion of work currently being undertaken in the CNBP ‘Origins of Sensation’ space was discussed.

Coverage: Chronic pain may be about rewiring the brain

12 October 2015: CNBP Director Mark Hutchinson is interviewed about chronic pain in this article in the Huffington Post. He explains the differences between acute and chronic pain and notes the need for new approaches – the challenge is to work with a patient to “change that person’s brain so that they are able to feel pain […]

Business Insider panel discussion

12 October 2015: Molecular analysis, big data, the smart economy, commercialisation and Star Trek style advances in medical technology were just some of the topics covered by Centre Deputy Director, Ewa Goldys, as a panelist at today’s ‘Business Insider’ event. Goldys joined Sean Hogan (IBM), Patrick Brennan (the University of Sydney) and David Hansen (CSIRO) […]

Dr Jingxian Yu speaks at ISE 2015

8 October 2015: Dr Jingxian Yu, CNBP researcher, has given an oral presentation at ISE 2015, the 66th Annual Meeting of The International Society of Electrochemistry, held on 4-9 October 2015, in Taipei, Taiwan. The title of the presentation was: “Tunable Peptide-Based Molecular Wires: Experimental Evidence and Theoretical Insights.” The ISE meeting is organised annually and is attended […]

New CNBP PhD student at MQ Uni

7 October 2015: The Macquarie University node of CNBP is growing rapidly! Last week we were delighted to welcome a new PhD student Fei Wang (Felix) who is supported by a CSC scholarship. Felix will be working with Professor Ewa Goldys and Doctors Wei Deng (DECRA Fellow at MQ) and Guozhen Liu (CNBP) as well […]

RMIT node leader visits Macquarie Uni

6 October 2015: Brant Gibson, CNBP node leader at RMIT, visited Macquarie University for two days on October 6/7 and gave an invited colloquium in the Physics department and also had a number of meetings with CNBP personnel. The well attended colloquium was titled, “Nanodiamond: BioPhotonic and Hybrid-Photonic Applications,” and examined ways in which nano-diamonds are […]

Bio-conjugation of protein molecules to upconversion nanoparticles

2 October 2015: A novel, simple, and stable method for one-step bio-conjugation of protein molecules to upconversion nanoparticles is demonstrated in the latest paper released by CNBP researchers in the journal ‘Analytical Chemistry’. The paper is titled “One-step Protein Conjugation to Upconversion Nanoparticles.” Authors: Jie Lu, Yinghui Chen, Deming Liu, Wei Ren, Yiqing Lu, Yu Shi, James […]

Collaborating with CSIRO

1 October 2015: CNBP officially launched its partnership with CSIRO today, at an on-site event at the Clayton facility of CSIRO in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Partner, Professor Yonggang Zhu, Team Leader of CSIRO’s Microfluidic Platforms Team, announced that he was extremely privileged to be a partner of CNBP and looks forward to future collaborations. Centre […]

Seeing into the body, one photon at a time

30 September 2015: In support of the official opening of CNBP’s RMIT University research node, a public lecture was undertaken by CNBP Chief Investigator and RMIT Professor, Andrew Greentree on Wednesday September 30th. The lecture, titled ‘Seeing into the body, one photon at a time’, saw Andrew Greentree discussing the nature of light, quantum physics, and how […]

CNBP’s RMIT node officially launched

29 September 2015: Senator Bridget McKenzie, Martin Bean Vice Chancellor and President of RMIT University, and Professor Calum Drummond RMIT Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation and Vice-President, jointly launched the RMIT Research Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) at a formal event today, Tuesday September 29, 2015. The event, which […]

CNBP CI at HUPO 2015

28 September 2015: Chief Investigator at the CNBP, Nicki Packer, attended the 14th Human Proteome Organization World Congress (HUPO 2015), held September 27 – 30, 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She was organiser and Chair of the ‘Glycomics and Glycoproteomics’ session and also gave an invited talk, “Glycomics-assisted glycoproteomics: deciphering the complexity.” Further information on HUPO […]

Lost in Science on 3CR

24 September 2015: CNBP CI Andrew Greentree was interviewed for the ‘Lost in Science’ radio show on station 3CR in Melbourne. He was interviewed by Claire Farrugia and discussed Centre activities and his upcoming public lecture, ‘Seeing into the body, one photon at a time’. The interview aired on Thursday 24th September, but is also […]

SAHMRI partnership officially launched

23 September 2015: Personnel from The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) came together today, to officially launch and celebrate a research partnership between the two organisations in the area of nano biophotonics. SAHMRI, partnering with CNBP by hosting the Centre’s cardiovascular theme ‘Inside Blood Vessels’, will […]

Networking with the Dementia Training Study Centre

22 September 2015: CNBP’s University of Adelaide research node has undertaken a successful networking event with the SA Dementia Training Study Centre (DTSC). The event, hosted at the University of Adelaide, saw presentations by Centre Director Mark Hutchinson and Centre researcher Georgios Tsiminis, as well as talks by DTSC attendees as well. A highlight was Tsiminis’ […]

Concordia College visits CNBP

21 September 2015: Students of Concordia College were left with an improved understanding of nano biophotonics, as well as the opportunities that a science education can provide, following a visit to the CNBP at the University of Adelaide earlier today. Impressed students were shown around CNBP laboratories by researchers Georgios Tsiminis and Yinlan Ruan, and were […]

‘Frontiers in ICT’ paper

21 September 2015: Andrew Greentree, CNBP Chief Investigator is a contributing author on a new paper. Title: Dark state adiabatic passage with branched networks and high-spin systems: spin separation and entanglement Authors: Caitlin Batey, Jan Jeske and Andrew D. Greentree Abstract: Adiabatic methods are potentially important for quantum information protocols because of their robustness against many sources of […]

In-vivo imaging of Vitamin C

18 September 2015: A new paper has been released in Scientific Reports with two CNBP researchers as contributing authors –  Dayong Jin and Xianlin Zheng. The paper detailed the successfull development of a responsive luminescence probe, TOB-Eu3+, for specific recognition and background-free quantification of vitamin C in living cells and lab animals. Authors: Bo Song, Zhiqing Ye, Yajie […]

Goldys speaks at OSA event

18 September 2015: Ewa Goldys, CNBP Deputy Director, was invited to speak at The Optical Society (OSA) Incubator event, “Label-free Optical Techniques for Biomedical Diagnostics & Imaging: Challenges and Opportunities for Clinical Translation,” at the OSA Headquarters, Washington, 16-18 Sept 2015. The aim of this small invitation-only meeting, organised by Laura Marcu (UC Davis, US), […]

Profile in STA newsletter

17 September 2015: CNBP researcher Dr Sabrina Heng has been interviewed about her career and passion for science in the latest ‘Science & Technology Australia’ newsletter. She explains that her passion lies in being in an environment where she is contributing towards developing tools for early disease diagnosis. And that she still gets goose bumps when […]

Multi-year Fellowship announced

16 September 2015: A multi-year Fellowship has been jointly announced by the CNBP and the American Australian Association. The Fellowship will support an American PhD or early career Postdoctoral Fellow who wishes to conduct research at the CNBP, at any of its Australian nodes – the University of Adelaide, Macquarie University or RMIT University. The Fellowship will […]

Jeremy Thompson invited speaker at FSA

15 September 2015: Dr Jeremy Thompson, CNBP Biological Challenge Leader for the Theme ‘Spark of Life’, was an invited speaker at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Fertility Society of Australia (FSA 2015). His talk was entitled ‘New Methods to Assess Embryo Competence‘, and focused primarily on how autofluorescence measurements of embryo metabolism may at least add […]

New CNBP student at MQ node

2 September 2015: CNBP’s Macquarie University node welcomes its newest PhD student, Kaixin Zhang from China. Kaixin is supervised by Centre Deputy Director Ewa Goldys with his research program focused broadly in the area of nanosensors for biological application. During his PhD period, he will be focused more specifically on the determination of cytokines by […]

New CNBP student at Macquarie

1 September 2015: We welcome CNBP’s newest PhD candidate to Macquarie University, Sameera Iqbal. Sameera, supervised by CNBP Chief Investigator Nicolle Packer, is working on finding a selective bioactive-peptide that will bind to Polysialic Acid, for use in imaging in the brain. Her PhD is titled, “Imaging Polysialic Acid Using Selective Bioactive-Peptides.” She completed a Bachelor of […]

Seminars at Macquarie

28 August, 2015: Professor Lothar Lilge, from the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, Canada undertook two seminars as part of a visit to the Macquarie University research node of the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics, Friday 28th August, 2015. Professor Lilge’s first talk was titled: “Making PDT work for GBM and other brain tumours: predicting  Photosensitizer accumulation, planning […]

Inspiring female careers in STEM

27 August 2015: CNBP’s Dr Sanam Mustafa was keynote speaker at the 2nd Annual Beach Energy Women in STEM Breakfast, that took place at Thebarton Senior College, Adelaide, on the 27th August 2015. The event provided a networking and information session for high school aged female students involved in the STEM area. Also attending was the Minister for […]

Centre CIs win Eureka prize

27 August 2015: A team headed up by CNBP Chief Investigators Prof. Dayong Jin and Prof. Tanya Monro has been recognised for its innovative research in developing super-bright nanocrystals (termed Super Dots), winning ‎the Eureka‬ 2015 Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research. The Super Dots team, consisting of Dayong Jin, CNBP, University of Technology Sydney […]

Best paper award

26 August 2015: Dr Melanie McDowall and A/Prof Jeremy Thompson (CNBP researchers) shared an award with 3 other authors given by the Society for Reproductive Biology for the best publication in the Society’s journal “Reproduction, Fertility and Development”. The award was presented at the Society’s Annual Conference in August in Adelaide. The paper was titled: Hyperglycaemia […]

Photo-acoustics talk at ANU

25 August 2015: CNBP researchers Ivan Maksymov and Andy Greentree gave an invited talk on photo-acoustics at at the Nonlinear Physics Centre of the Australian National University on August 25th, 2015. Invited by Prof. Yuri Kivshar, the topic of the talk was the plasmon-enhanced photoacoustic and its application in intravascular photoacoustic imaging. The talk was […]

CNBP session at ESA-SRB meeting

24 August 2015: Nanoscale biosensing in reproductive medicine was the theme of a CNBP symposium at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Endocrine Society of Australia and the Society for Reproductive Biology for 2015. CNBP speakers included Prof. Mark Hutchinson, Prof. Ewa Goldys and A/Prof Brant Gibson who presented the concepts/applications of their CNBP work, […]

Allenby Gardens school visit

21 August 2015: CNBP researchers Michelle Zhang and Vicky Staikopoulos visited Allenby Gardens Primary School in Adelaide during National Science Week. They talked to 30+ Year 5 students about the power of light and its use in medical research and diagnosis. This included discussions on fluorescence in Nature and biology, and the use of advanced optical […]

Multifunctional lanthanide nanomaterials paper

21 August 2015: CNBP researchers Prof. Dayong Jin and Dr. Yong Liu feature on a recently released publication from Scientific Reports published by the Nature Publication Group. The paper titled “Multifunctional luminescent nanomaterials from NaLa(MoO4)2:Eu3+/Tb3+ with tunable decay lifetimes, emission colors, and enhanced cell viability”, can be downloaded in its entirety. Abstract: A facile, but […]

Lab visits, seminars and lamas

19 August 2015: CNBP researcher Mel McDowall, managed to get up-close and personal with a llama named Marco, during her recent trip to South America. Mel was visiting the Instituto de Investigation y Tecnologia en reproduccion Animal (INITRA), at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, where she was hosted by Pablo Cetica, a long time collaborator in […]

Alf Garcia-Bennett at IMMS-9

20 August 2015: Alf Garcia-Bennett, CNBP Research Fellow, has given an oral presentation at the 9th International Mesostructured Materials Symposium (IMMS-9) with an abstract titled “.” The event, at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, facilitated discussion on progress and perspectives, fundamental challenges for synthesis chemistry, and industrial applications of mesostructured materials. Approximately 350 participants, […]

Brant Gibson gives seminar at LaTrobe University

18 August, 2015: CNBP Chief Investigator and node leader at RMIT University, Brant Gibson, gave a seminar at LaTrobe University, Melbourne on the 18th August, 2015. His talk was titled, “Nanodiamond: Fluorescent Biomarkers, Imaging and Hybrid-Photonics Applications.”

Playford Primary visit

18 August 2015: In a school visit organised by the Smith Family Charity as a part of National Science Week, CNBP researcher Michelle Zhang and CNBP Honours student  Irene Willcocks, gave a 45 min talk and science demonstration to over 20 students at Playford Primary School, Northern Adelaide. During the outreach session, the students (ranging from […]

The science of light at Seymour College

17 August 2015: Dr Georgios Tsiminis, Research Fellow at the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics, has presented an overview of research in light and biophotonics for students at Seymour College, Adelaide, in South Australia. His talk, provided to students from Year 6-12, at the school’s general assembly, focused on the science of light, contributing to the school’s activities […]

Nanoparticle work presented at ANS conference

17 August 2015: CNBP’s Vicky Staikopoulos presented a poster at the Australasian Neuroscience Society / International Society of Neurochemistry combined conference, in Cairns, August 2015. The poster, detailing nanoparticle work in a perfused mouse brain, allowed Vicky to discuss her CNBP work to peers, for interest and feedback. There were positive responses to the work and people […]

CNBP shares science at Open Day!

16 August 2015: The CNBP shared its exciting science journey of “creating windows into the body” to potential future students, at the University of Adelaide Open Day, Sunday August 16th, 2015. Over a 150 potential University students and their families dropped by the CNBP booth during the day to discuss future study and career paths, […]

Kids navigate neuroscience

15 August 2015: CNBP Director Prof. Mark Hutchinson and Centre researcher Vicky Staikopoulos were talking Pirate Photons at the ‘Kids Navigate Neuroscience’ outreach event, coordinated and hosted by the University of Adelaide Medical School, August 15, 2015. The event, supported by the Centre of Nanoscale BioPhotonics, contributed to National Science Week activity, and saw 250 children […]

Speaking about chronic pain

13 August 2015: CNBP Director Prof. Mark Hutchinson has given a keynote presentation at the Canberra Health Annual Research Meeting (CHARM), Thursday 13th August 2015. His presentation, “Speaking about chronic pain to drug addiction: why do you know you are sick?”, was streamed live with the recording now also available for viewing online. CHARM, showcasing […]

New PhD student at Macquarie

13 August 2015: CNBP welcomes its newest PhD student, Shathili Abdulrahman (Shazy) at Macquarie University node. Following his graduation from the University of Sydney (Molecular Biology and Genetics), Shazy successfully finished a Master of Research under CNBP Chief Investigator Professor Nicki Packer, investigating sugar involvement in microbial pathogenicity. He is now a CNBP PhD student involved in the […]

Novel scaffolds for MC3T3-E1 cell stimulation and drug release

10 August 2015: CNBP researchers Prof. Dayong Jin and Dr. Yong Liu feature on a newly published paper titled, “Multifunctional chitosan/polyvinyl pyrrolidone/45S5 Bioglass® scaffolds for MC3T3-E1 cell stimulation and drug release.” The paper was released in the journal, ‘Materials Science and Engineering C: Materials for Biological Applications.’ Abstract: Novel chitosan–polyvinyl pyrrolidone/45S5 Bioglass® (CS-PVP/BG) scaffolds were […]

SPIE Quantum Communications and Quantum Imaging XIII Conference

9 August 2015: A/Prof Brant Gibson, CNBP CI,  presented a paper at the SPIE Quantum Communications and Quantum Imaging XIII Conference (OP416), San Diego, California, 9-13 August 2015. The paper presented was titled: ‘Hybrid quantum photonic applications of nanodiamond.’ Abstract: Fluorescent nanodiamonds (NDs) have a range of unique properties which make them highly desirable for bioimaging […]

CNBP partner IPHT to present in Hong Kong

5 August 2015: Optical fibers provided to international partner IPHT Jena, by the Adelaide node of the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics,  will be the subject of a presentation by Stephen Warren-Smith at the ‘Workshop on Speciality Optical Fibres’, Hong Kong, 2015. The presentation will be based on the paper “Focused Ion Beam Structuring of Exposed-Core Microstructured […]

Taming the Light in Microstructured Optical Fibers for Sensing

4 August 2015: A new review paper has been published by CNBP researchers discussing recent work on sensing using microstructured optical fibres in a special issue on Glass and Light in the International Journal of Applied Glass Science. Erik P. Schartner, Georgios Tsiminis, Alexandre François, Roman Kostecki, Stephen C. Warren-Smith, Linh Viet Nguyen, Sabrina Heng, […]

Reversible ion sensing with the flip of a switch

3 August, 2015: Read about the development of new metal ion sensors using microstructured optical fibres in an article written by CNBP researcher Sabrina Heng. Available now, in the latest issue of e-Science Magazine, produced by the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Adelaide.  

Welcome Hanna McLennan

31 July 2015: The ‘Spark of Life’ biological challenge team, welcome Hanna McLennan to the CNBP team (pictured left with Mel McDowall), who will be starting her PhD candidature on 10th August, 2015. The title of Hanna’s project is “The Spark of Life: Characterising Events Before, During and After Fertilisation of Cumulus Oocyte Complexes” and […]

Learning to innovate at commecialisation workshop

30 July 2015: The focus was on commercialisation at the recent “Entrepreneurs workshop” organised by the EMCR Network NSW, in collaboration with ATP Innovations, a leading startup incubator/accelerator in Sydney. Attended by a number of early and mid career CNBP researchers (Alfonso Garcia-Bennett, Arun Dass, Andrew Care, Denitza Denkova, Xiaoxue Xu and Annemarie Nadort), the event, held July […]

Morphine and mindfulness podcast

30 July 2014: Find out more about chronic pain in this hour long podcast,  ‘Morphine and Mindfulness – Same Room, Different Windows’, a live recording of a public panel discussion, part of the ‘Art in Pain’ program series. Featuring CNBP Director Mark Hutchinson and other invited panelists, the use  of morphine-type drugs called opiates, as well as therapeutic […]

CNBP researchers get ‘Fresh’

29 July 2015: Summarizing your research and why it matters in one sentence is hard enough! But when you’re in front of a camera, with a microphone and a curious channel 7 reporter looking at you intently, you really do have to be prepared to get your simple message across. This is what CNBP researchers Daniel […]

RMIT team visits CSIRO Clayton

28 July 2015: CNBP researchers Tony Orth, Ashleigh Heffernan, Andrew Greentree and Brant Gibson, all from the Centre’s RMIT node, visited CNBP Partner Investigator Yonggang Zhu, at the CSIRO Clayton site on July 28th 2015. Explored were ongoing collaboration opportunities, as well as a tour of Dr Zhu’s impressive laboratory facilities.  Thursday October 1st, 2015 will see a […]

Presentation at WOMBAT

22 July 2015: An abstract from authors Ivan Maksymov and Andrew Greentree from the CNBP RMIT Node, was presented by Ivan Maksymov as an oral contribution at the ‘Workshop on Optomechanics and Brillouin Scattering: Fundamentals, Applications and Technologies (WOMBAT)’, Wednesday 22 July 2015. The talk, detailing the plasmon-enhanced Brillouin scattering effect and how it can be […]

European focus

22 July 2015: Dr Herbert Foo, CNBP Technical Officer, visited the Otto Schott Institute of Materials Research (OSIM), the Institute for Physical Chemistry (IPC) at Friedrich Schiller University (FSU) Jena and the Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT) in Jena, Germany for six weeks from the 17th June to 22 July, 2015. At OSIM he performed […]

James McWha Award of Excellence goes to Hutchinson

20 July 2015: The 2015 James McWha Award of Excellence has just been announced by the University of Adelaide, with Director for the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics, Mark Hutchinson, a very worthy recipient. The award, recognizing outstanding alumni who have graduated from the University of Adelaide within the past 15 years,  looks at those individuals […]

Imaging talk at Chemical Proteomics Symposium

17 July 2015: CNBP Chief Investigator Nicki Packer gave an invited national talk at the 2nd Chemical Proteomics Symposium, held at the Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) in Sydney, Australia. Her talk was titled, “MALDI imaging mass spectrometry of N-linked glycans on formalin-fixed tissue: differentiating tissue types.” Further symposium information is available here.

CNBP at Chemical Proteomics Symposium

17 July 2015: Macquarie University CNBP PhD candidate, Christopher Ashwood, gave a poster presentation at the 2015 Chemical Proteomics Symposium, held at the Children’s Medical Research Institute in Sydney, Australia. Chris’ work demonstrated links between metabolite and glycomic analysis and was titled: “Effect of carbon source on the protein glycosylation pathway of Trichoderma reesei RUT-C30.” The […]

CNBP makes mark at APNFO10

16 July 2015: The 10th Asia-Pacific Conference on Near-field Optics (APNFO10), held July 7-10 2015 in Japan, saw significant CNBP representation and visibility. Two Centre Chief Investigators gave invited talks: Dayong Jin (University of Technology, Sydney) – Upconversion SuperDots for Nanoscale Biophotonics.  Brant Gibson (RMIT University) – Nanodiamonds: Hybrid-Photonic and BioPhotonic applications. CNBP PhD student Wan […]

Newest CNBP recruit publishes in Nature Photonics

14 July 2015: Our newest CNBP recruit, Dr Martin Ploschner, has just been published in the prestigious journal Nature Photonics. The research, titled “Seeing through chaos in multimode fibres” is a study from his previous role at the University of Dundee and could open up a new era of superfast communications technology and lead to breakthroughs […]

Chapter on solid-binding peptides to be published

14 July 2015: CNBP researchers feature in the publication of an exciting new book chapter, highlighting the use of solid-binding peptides in the immobilisation of enzymes onto solid materials for applications in biotechnology. To be published  in the Springer book series “Grand Challenges in Biology and Biotechnology”, the chapter is titled ‘Solid-Binding Peptides: New Immobilisation Strategies for […]

Partners with Peking University

13 July, 2015 The Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) and Peking University cemented ties in a partnership launch and associated workshop, that took place in Beijing, China on Monday 13th July, 2015. Launch activities included introductions, organisational overviews, as well as a hosted tour and lunch, facilitating engagement and discussion between CNBP and Peking University […]

CNBP researchers visit IPHT Jena

13 July 2015: From the 28th of June to the 3rd of July, Dr Georgios Tsiminis and Dr Erik Schartner from the Adelaide node of the CNBP visited the Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT) in Jena, Germany, as part of a longer trip that also included oral presentations at the CLEO Europe 2015 International Conference […]

Kids learn photonics at CNBP Adelaide

13 July 2015: Primary school children were given introductory talks about photonics and light by CNBP scientist Roman Kostecki at CNBP’s University of Adelaide node last week (Thu 9th July). The talks were a part of a STEMSEL Club holiday workshop where the children were asked to design and make three photonics related devices, demonstrating interactions […]

Youth ANZAAS visits CNBP in Adelaide

9 July 2015: CNBP researchers Roman Kostecki, Georgios Tsiminis , Mel McDowall, Peipei Jia, Erik Schartner and Tess Reynolds were happy to host a visiting Youth ANZAAS tour at their laboratories at the University of Adelaide on July 9th, 2015. Youth ANZAAS  (organised by the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science)  is […]

A close and ongoing partnership with HUST

8 July, 2015: The Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) and the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP), celebrated their close and ongoing relationship with a successful partner launch at the Wuhan located  University, on Wednesday July 8th, 2015. HUST, with a long history of collaboration with individual CNBP researchers prior to recent partnership activity, […]

CNBP at International Nanomedicine Conference

8 July 2015: CNBP was certainly well represented at the 6th Annual International Nanomedicine Conference, at Sydney’s Coogee Beach, July 6-8, 2015. Targeting both researchers and clinicians, the conference saw a large number of CNBP personnel in attendance, with oral and poster presentations undertaken by the following CNBP researchers – Oral Presentations Dr. Andrew Care – Building […]

PhD commendation

7 July 2015: Congratulations to CNBP researcher John Horsley, who has just been awarded a Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence from the University of Adelaide.  A Commendation is awarded when all examiners consider the thesis to be ‘outstanding’. John’s thesis, titled “The Effects of Macrocyclic Constraints on Electron Transfer in Peptides”, examined the importance […]

New faces at Macquarie Uni

6 July 2015: CNBP’s Macquarie Uni node welcomed two new faces this month – Mushtaq Sobhan (pictured) who is visiting and working with Prof. Ewa Goldys on the development of a real time sensor for the detection of hydrogen peroxide in vivo. Also, student Mahdieh Dashtbani, who will be learning about Raman detection in her Master of Research and working […]

Thin film workshop attended

4 July 2015: Dr. Yong Liu, CNBP Research Fellow, gave an invited talk at the inaugural International Workshop on Thin-films for Electronics, Electro-Optics, Energy and Sensors, held in Suzhou, China, July 4-6, 2015. Dr. Liu’s talk, “One-step synthesis of polymers modified graphene as high-performance catalysts”, was very well received. The Workshop, hosted by the University of Dayton’s […]

Olympus partnership launched

3 July 2015: CNBP’s latest partner launch successfully took place 3 July 2015, with industry partner Olympus, at Olympus Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan. The launch and associated visit over two days, saw members of the CNBP leadership team (Mark Hutchinson, Jim Piper, Brant Gibson, and Mel Trebilcock) meet with key Olympus Executives to actively reinforce and […]

Macquarie photonics seminar

3 July 2015: As part of the 2015 Macquarie University Photonics Seminar Series, Prof. Ewa Goldys, Deputy Director of the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics gave an informative talk detailing CNBP activity, focus and aspirations for the future. The seminar series, coordinated by the MQ Photonics Research Centre is the organisation’s main vehicle for gaining feedback on research […]

Coverage: Phone apps take health aids beyond fitness

1 July 2015: CNBP Deputy Director Ewa Goldys is quoted extensively in a Fairfax article (The SMH and The Age) on the use of mobile technology to diagnose illness and disease. Detailed, is Ewa’s view on the increasing use of smart phone technology in this space, as well as a summary of recent CNBP research, […]

CNBP’s newest Research Fellow

1 July 2015: CNBP welcomes its newest Research Fellow – Dr Martin Ploschner. Located at Sydney’s Macquarie University, Martin will be working in Prof Ewa Goldys’ team, working on the development of novel imaging tools (using computer holography) for imaging of fragile biological systems (such as early stage mouse embryos). He will also be developing new illumination methods […]

Science experience day at RMIT

1 July 2015: CNBP Chief Investigator Prof. Andrew Greentree has participated in RMIT’s recent ‘Experience Science Day’, helping explain to eighty-five high school students, the possibilities that further scientific study can offer. The day long event, attended by students in Years 10, 11 and 12, explained the broad range of programs on offer at RMIT University, and provided a […]

Visitor Dr Lina Geng

29 June 2015: We welcome our latest visitor to CNBP, the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) and the University of Adelaide School of Physical Sciences, Dr Lina Geng. Dr Geng from China, will spend six months in Prof Andrew Abell’s group from June to December, 2015. Dr Lina Geng earned her M.Sci and Ph.D degrees […]

Roman Kostecki at ICMAT2015

28 June 2015: CNBP researcher Roman Kostecki presented his latest research paper at the 8th International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies (ICMAT2015). The conference, twinned with the 4th Photonics Global Conference took place in Singapore 28 June – 3 July 2015. The paper, titled “Thin-film Polymer Functionalization of Optical Fiber Enabling Multiligand Chemosensing” was published […]

CNBP represented at CYTO 2015

27 June 2015: Associate Investigator Dr Yiqing Lu and PhD student Mr Xianlin Zheng were CNBP attendees at CYTO 2015 – the 30th Congress of the International Society for Advancement of Cytometry held in Glasgow, June 26-30, 2015. Oral presentations were given by both – ‘A Multifunction Workstation Underpinning Lanthanide-Based Luminescence Techniques’ by Dr Lu and […]

Successful fellowship support

24 June 2015: CNBP is pleased to announce that Depeng Kong has won a Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Postdoctoral Fellowship to work at CNBP for a year to fabricate new fibres. The CAS is an institution of the State Council of China, functioning as the national scientific thinktank and academic governing body.    

Talking science at Alberton Primary School

23 June 2015: Vicky Staikopoulos, CNBP Research Fellow, was talking all things science at a recent outreach event at Alberton Primary School in Adelaide. Invited to discuss how chemistry, physics and biology come together in the human body, Vicky’s focus was on light (physics), taste & digestion (chemistry) and how they affect the body (biology). An interested and […]

Supervised student selected as Reaxys finalist

23 June 2015: In a major international achievement, Henry Pepper from the University of Adelaide has been selected as one of the finalists for the 2015 Reaxys PhD Prize, from over 450 submissions around the world. His representative paper entitled: ‘Biomimetic Total Synthesis of (±)-Merochlorin A’ was published in Angewandte Chemie, 2013. Henry is the only […]

RACI Athel Beckwith Lectureship awarded

23 June 2015: Jonathan George (CNBP Associate Investigator) has been awarded the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) Athel Beckwith Lectureship for 2015. This is an annual funded lectureship to allow outstanding, recently appointed, organic chemists to travel around Australia and present the results of their research work. The objective is to provide the Lecturer with […]

Winning outreach strategy

17 June 2015: Ample use of liquid nitrogen and dry ice was a winning outreach strategy employed by CNBP Research Fellow, Alf Garcia-Bennett in his attempt to demonstrate to Year 1 school children, the differing states of matter. In an hour long presentation to approximately 25 young students at Cammeray Public School in Sydney, Garcia-Bennett used these […]

Poster Presentation at International Mesostructured Materials Symposium

17 June 2015: CNBP Affiliated PhD Candidate Olivia (Liuen) Liang from Macquarie University has been selected to give a poster presentation at the 9th annual International Mesostructured Materials Symposium. Her presentation on UCNP bioconjugation, titled “Smart peptide linker conjugated upconversion nanoparticles for targeted cancer imaging and photodynamic therapy” is based on a paper by the […]

CNBP CI gives keynote nano talk

16 June 2015: Brant Gibson, Associate Professor at RMIT University and CNBP Chief Investigator, was keynote speaker at the “Vaccine, Diagnostics and Therapeutics Symposium: Exploring Nanotechnologies,” event, hosted by the Burnet Institute at the Alfred Centre, in Melbourne. Taking place on June 16th, 2015, Brant’s talk was titled, “Nanodiamond for biophotonic and hybrid-photonic applications.”  

Inspiring visit to Sydney Girls High School

16 June 2015: CNBP Deputy Director, Prof Ewa Goldys had an inspiring visit to Sydney Girls High School on Thursday, June 11, 2015 where she acted as an ‘expert judge’ in assessing Year 9 students and their research projects as part of the school’s annual Science Conference. Students designed and performed an investigation into a research area of […]

Macquarie node welcomes visitor Prof. Teresa Petersen

16 June 2015: CNBP’s Macquarie University node is pleased to welcome Associate Professor Teresa Petersen from Aalborg University, Denmark who is visiting the Centre for a two week period. As a part of the visit she will be giving a seminar titled “Towards a new photonic cancer therapy: stopping cancer cell activation, migration and metastases with […]

Nanorubies talk at EMN conference, China

15 June 2015 Varun Sreenivasan, affiliate CNBP researcher has updated the international nanobiophotonics community on his nanorubies research after providing an invited talk at the Energy Materials and Nanotechnology (EMN) conference in Qingdao, China (14-17th June 2015). The talk titled, ‘Production and surface engineering of nanorubies for ultrasensitive biomolecular imaging’, provided an overview of nanorubies as new generation […]

New starter at Macquarie node

15 June 2015: CNBP Macquarie node welcomes on board its newest recruit, Dr Lianmei Jiang, Postdoctoral Research Fellow. A part of Prof Jim Piper’s group, Lianmei will be undertaking CNBP related research activity, particularly related to CNBP’s Olympus collaboration. Welcome to the CNBP team Lianmei.

A win for trans-disciplinary and trans node research

12 June 2015: It just goes to show that collaborations work! CNBP researcher Mel McDowall has won the “International Award for Best Abstract (Australia/New Zealand)” at the Study of Reproduction (SSR) annual conference that will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico 18–22 of June. Based in the USA, SSR is one of the largest […]

Centre workshop at Macquarie University

10 June 2015: It was a full house at CNBP’s Materials and Bioconjugation Workshop, June 9th 2015. Hosted at Macquarie University, the full day workshop featured CNBP researchers talking briefly about their project work, followed by five minute Q&As. Intended as educational overviews, the talks successfully enhanced understanding across the disparate areas of the trans-disciplinary Centre […]

Publication: Multifunctional glucose biosensors from Fe3O4 nanoparticles modified chitosan/graphene nanocomposites

8 June 2015: CNBP researcher Yong Liu features on a newly published paper titled ‘Multifunctional glucose biosensors from Fe3O4 nanoparticles modified chitosan/graphene nanocomposites’. ABSTRACT: Novel water-dispersible and biocompatible chitosan-functionalized graphene (CG) has been prepared by a one-step ball milling of carboxylic chitosan and graphite. Presence of nitrogen (from chitosan) at the surface of graphene enables the […]

Successful grant from the Neurological Research Foundation

5 June 2015: CNBP Director Mark Hutchinson and Deputy Director Ewa Goldys have been successfully named on a grant from the Neurological Research Foundation, to characterize peripheral blood immune cell hyperspectral profiles from spinal cord injury patients. The activity is to aid in the prediction of motor recovery outcome after injury.  If successful, this line […]

Poster presented at ASMS

4 June 2015: CNBP researcher, Dr. Arun Dass presented a poster at the recent American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) 2015 conference titled: ‘A simple and sensitive method for the analysis of sphingolipid glycosylation enables the differentiation of ovarian cancer sub-types’. The meeting took place  May 30-June 4th; St. Louis, USA. The ASMS is a […]

Presentation at NDNC 2015

3 June 2015: CNBP RMIT Node Leader A/Prof Brant Gibson recently presented at the 9th International Conference on New Diamond and Nano Carbons (NDNC 2015) with a paper titled ‘Hybrid Nanodiamond-tellurite Photonics: Towards Low Loss Devices’. The talk took place on Thu 28 May with this year’s NDNC conference taking place in Shizuoka, Japan. The event hosted […]

CNBP researcher publishes cover article

2 June 2015: A new research paper has been published by CNBP researcher Daniel W. Drumm. The article, examining models for a dye-sensitised solar cell, featured on the back cover of the journal Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. TITLE: Optical properties of a conjugated-polymersensitised solar cell: the effect of interfacial structure. ABSTRACT: Dye-sensitised solar cells (DSSCs) have […]

Beyond competitive grants

02 June 2015: CNBP Advocate and Chief Investigator, Prof Tanya Monro was Moderator at the RiAus ECR Network event entitled Beyond Competitive Grants. The event featured  a number of speakers who presented  case studies of effective approaches to getting non-competitive funding. Further information available from the RiAus web site :  

Successful Southampton Uni partner launch

28 May 2015: CNBP recently celebrated a successful partner launch with the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton, UK – the launch taking place on the 21st May 2015. Hosted by Partner Investigator Gilberto Brambilla (Professor at the ORC) and Jo Nesbitt, (Southampton University – Director of International Relations), the launch consisted of […]

Monthly Macquare seminars

28 May 2015: CNBP Macquarie node undertook its monthly seminar series today, with Dr. Varun Sreenivasan and Dr. Biju Cletus presenting for 30 minutes on the following abstract topics, each followed by a short Q&A session: Title: Nanorubies for Biomolecular Imaging Contributors: Varun Sreenivasan, W. A. Wan Razali, Carlo Bradac, Mark Connor, Ewa Goldys, Andrei […]

Coverage: Smart phone kit detects cystic fibrosis, arthritis biomarkers

27 May 2015: CNBP Deputy Director Ewa Goldys features in a news article published by, which details recent research undertaken by the Centre, demonstrating that smart phones can be reconfigured as portable bioanalytical devices capable of delivering clinically relevant results. See for more information.

Professor Dayong Jin joins UTS

25 May 2015: Professor Dayong Jin, an ARC Future Fellow and Chief Investigator with the CNBP, has joined the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) science faculty to grow the ‘Initiative for Biomedical Materials & Devices (IBMD)’, into an international collaborative network. An interview with Dayong Jin on his new position and future goals can be […]

5th Asia Pacific Optical Sensors Conference

20-22 May 2015: Jeju Island; Korea Dr Alex Francois presented an invited talk at the 5th Asia Pacific Optical Sensors Conference. Surface plasmon scattering: an alternative approach for optical fibers biosensors:  Alexandre François, Beniamino Sciacca , Elizaveta Klantsataya, Agnieszka Zuber, Peter Hoffman, Manuela Klinger-Hoffman, Tanya M. Monro The APOS 2015 continues a series of conferences […]

Careers in STEM

20 May 2015: CNBP researcher from RMIT, Dr Daniel Drumm undertook a successful outreach session with Year 10 students today, as a guest speaker at a Careers in STEM session at Wheelers Hill Secondary College located in Melbourne. His topic was ‘The World of Research’, where he discussed his current job, the pathway taken to […]

Oh so sweet Macquarie visitor

19 May 2015: Dr. Hannah Brown from the Robinson Research Institute, University of Adelaide gave a lecture to Macquarie’s CNBP Node and the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences, on the fascinating research subject of ‘Diabetes: changing and challenging the reproductive landscape’. Her discussion of the molecular mechanisms by which high glucose environments affect cellular […]

Funding awarded for new photonic fibre device

19 May 2015: CNBP researchers Dr Jiangbo (Tim) Zhao, Dr Sabrina Heng and A/Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem have been awarded twenty-two thousand dollars for their project titled ‘Fibre insight in diabetes treatment: a new photonic fibre device to investigate the enteroendocrine L-cell’. The team will design and fabricate a new microstructured optical fibre to study L-cell secretion […]

ECR selected for Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

19 May 2015: After a highly competitive process, Early Career Researcher Tim Zhao has been selected as one of 13 young scientists to attend the prestigious Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting for 2015. The high profile meeting, to be held at Lake Constance in Germany, is interdisciplinary in nature with attendees given the opportunity to to interact and […]

Attending ‘Science at the Shine Dome’

18 May 2015: Dr. Jiangbo (Tim) Zhao has been invited to attend ‘Science at the Shine Dome’, the annual celebration of science held at the Academy of Science in Canberra, 26 – 28 May. During the three day program, he has chance to participate in a series of lectures being presented by new Fellows of […]

Melbourne visit for Dr Herbert Foo

18 May 2015: Dr Herbert Foo, CNBP Technical Officer maximized his opportunities during a recent visit to Melbourne, undertaking a number of stakeholder discussions and presentations. First up was a visit and presentation to Trajan Scientific and Medical, where the direction of future collaboration projects on the surface functionalisation of glass slides was discussed. This was […]

SAHMRI Heart Health Friday Seminar

15 May 2015: A series of talks were provided by CNBP researchers at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), as part of the the organisation’s ‘Heart Health Friday Seminar’ program on the 15th May 2015. Introduced by SAHMRI Heart Health Theme Leader and CNBP Biological Challenge – Inside Blood Vessels Leader, Prof […]

CNBP welcomes Spanish visitor

15 May 2015: We would like to formally welcome A/Prof Jaime Garcia-Ruperez from the Universitat Politècnica de València, who is currently visiting the CNBP. Hosted at CNBP’s University of Adelaide research node, one of Garcia-Ruperez’s first activities has been in providing a talk to the wider Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS). His talk, […]

Travel grant awarded

13 May 2015: CNBP PhD student Wan Aizuddin Wan Razali, has been awarded a travel grant under the Postgraduate Research Fund to the value of $5,000. The grant will be used to attend the Single-Molecule Microscopy and Spectroscopy Faraday Discussion conference in London. He will also visit London’s Imperial College, the University of Jena and the […]

CNBP Node Director presents in US

11 May 2015: CNBP Director, Macquarie University Node, Prof Jim Piper has attended the ‘Enabling Technologies Technical Exchange Meeting 2015’, recently held in Arlington, Virginia. The event, held under the auspices of the 2015 United States-Australia Joint Commission Meeting on Science and Technology, looks to enhance strategic scientific dialogue between the two countries as well […]

Nonlinear Physics Centre visit

4 May 2015: CNBP Research Fellow Denitza Denkova, has given an invited seminar talk at the Nonlinear Physics Centre, part of the Australian National University (ANU), located in Canberra. The seminar focused on her PhD research, ‘Optical characterization of plasmonic nanostructures – imaging of the magnetic field of light’. Also discussed were her current research activities […]

Research excellence rewarded

4 May 2015: CNBP Investigator, Associate Professor Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem has been granted a Women’s Research Excellence Award by the University of Adelaide, for her outstanding achievements as a mid-career researcher in the field of optical glasses and fibres. The award, valued at $5000, celebrates International Women’s Day and is determined by the University  Vice-Chancellor and President, in partnership with […]

Cover highlight in Advanced Materials

1 May 2015: A paper by CNBP researchers Dr Jingxjian Yu and Prof Andrew Abell  – ‘Photoswitchable Membranes Based on Peptide-Modified Nanoporous Anodic Alumina: Toward Smart Membranes for On-Demand Molecular Transport’ has been selected as the inside front cover by the high-impact journal “Advanced Materials”, 2015, Vol 27, No 19. DESCRIPTION: A photoswitchable peptide-modified nanoporous membrane […]

A picture says a 1000 words

01 May 2015 : A recently published article by Mel Sutton-McDowall and collaborators (Jeremy Thompson, Malcolm Purdey, Ewa Goldys, Hannah Brown and Andrew Abell) has made the front cover of the Molecular Reproduction and Development Journal. The paper examined the influence of an oocyte specific growth factor BMP15  follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) on oocyte metabolism. […]

Dr Yong Liu joins team

29 April 2015: Dr Yong Liu has recently joined the CNBP team, as the ‘Qianjiang Scholar and Distinguished Professor of Zhejiang Province’,  a joint appointment with the Wenzhou Medical University in China. He received his PhD from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) from the University of Wollongong. Thereafter, he continued his […]

Sayyadi gives seminar

28 April 2015: CNBP Associate Investigator, Dr Nima Sayyadi from Macquarie University, gave a well received seminar at the University of Adelaide on the topic, “Sensitive Cancer Immunodetection Using a Novel Europium Immunoconjugate.” The seminar, on April 28th, 2015 was part of a week long visit to the University of Adelaide for Nima, who spent […]

Student travel grant awarded

28 April 2015: Congratulations to Xianlin Zheng, a Centre PhD student, who has been selected as a recipient of the 2015 Student Travel Award for attendance at CYTO 2015 (The International Society for Advancement of Cytometry’s 30th International Congress). The event is to be held at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow, Scotland […]

Fluorescent nanodiamond material benchmarked at RMIT

28 April 2015 : CNBP RMIT node has hosted Macquarie University PhD student Ishan Das Rastogi for a week long visit, to help benchmark commercial as well as in-house prepared fluorescent nanodiamond material, using confocal microscopy. A number of nanomaterial processing steps were also discussed during the visit and processing protocols shared and demonstrated. Desmond Lau, […]

Loco for confoco! Visitors to RMIT

21 April 2015: Visitors from UoA and MQ to RMIT: The confocal microscope at RMIT has been the object of several visits lately, most notably Hannah Brown (April 16 & 17), a researcher from University of Adelaide, and Ishan Rastogi (April 20-25), a PhD student from Macquarie University. Hannah was kind enough to give an […]

Advances in Hydrogen Peroxide Sensing Presented in Denver and Prague

21 April 2015: Hydrogen peroxide plays an important role in reproductive health, and recent work from the University of Adelaide node has looked at different ways of detecting hydrogen peroxide in sperm and embryos. Recent advances in non-invasively monitoring hydrogen peroxide concentrations near developing embryos were presented at two international conferences. The American Chemical Society […]

Social media summary of Karen Andrews MP visit

18 April 2015: CNBP Adelaide node was recently visited by Karen Andrews MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry & Science. You can check out her visit on Storify. Visit by Karen Andrews MP :

Adelaide node visited by Karen Andrews MP

17 April 2015: CNBP Adelaide node was recently visited by Karen Andrews MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry & Science. The visit proved to be a wonderful opportunity to explain in greater detail, the trans-disciplinary work that CNBP is undertaking across the nano biophotonics field, and its particularly advantageous nature to biological and […]

Annemarie is back and at CNBP

17 April 2015: We are delighted to share great news that Annemarie Nadort decided to join the Macquarie node of CNBP after her recent graduation from the University of Amsterdam. Annemarie did a co-tutelle PhD project at Macquarie with AI Andrei Zvyagin in the area of advanced imaging. Her new role within CNBP will be […]

Welcome to Kashif and Jason at MQ Node

17 April 2015: Last week Macquarie node welcomed two new PhD students who joined Ewa Goldys’ group. Kashif Islam (left) hails from Pakistan. His project is concerned with expanding the range of fluorophores that can be non-invasively quantified in cells and tissues. This work will have components of hardware development, photochemistry and photobiology.  Kashif  will […]

Cutting Edge Speaker at Science Teachers Association Conference

13 April 2015: CNBP talks to Science Teachers: Dr Georgios Tsiminis was invited to represent the University of Adelaide at the Science Teachers Association of South Australia Annual Conference and Expo 2015 as an invited Cutting Edge Speaker.  Hosted at Brighton Secondary School with an audience of Science teachers from around South Australia. The talk was titled “Listening […]

Her brilliant career

6 April 2015: Want to know more about Prof Tanya Monro, CNBP Advocate and Chief Investigator? In an inspiring article in COSMOS Magazine, the secret of 42-year-old Tanya Monro’s meteoric rise is described as a high octane mix of intellectual fire with what she herself calls a “massively practical streak”.

New transdisciplinary honours student joins CNBP

2 April 2015: Honours student Nur Diana Nordin from the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Adelaide will be working on a transdisciplinary project between Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, under the supervision of Drs Jingxian Yu and Hu Zhang. She will be working on nanomaterials for controlled drug delivery.

NIMTE Chinese Academy of Sciences visit

2 April 2015: CNBP researcher Dr Yong Liu has undertaken a visit to the Ningbo Institute of Materials Terchnology and Engineering  (NIMTE), Chinese Academy of Sciences. Discussing potential future collaborations on nanoscale  biomedical devices, Dr Liu also gave a talk titled ‘Multifunctional Nanomaterials for  Biomedical Applications’. The visit took place April 2nd 2015.

Life of a Scientist

30 March 2015: CNBP researcher Dr Sabrina Heng visited Lockleys Primary School (Adelaide) as part of the Scientists in Schools Program.  She was impressed by the enthusiasm of the curious and very bright Year 5 and Year 6 students, after being  ‘peppered with questions’ about the life of a scientist, what it is that they […]

Dr Sanam Mustafa presents at Pain Adelaide

30 March 2015: CNBP researcher, Dr Sanam Mustafa gave an invited talk at the Pain Adelaide 2015 meeting on March 30th 2015. Her talk, ‘Receptor-Receptor Interactions: Key to understanding pain?’, addressed a diverse audience, that ranged from researchers and clinicians through to patients suffering from chronic pain. The presentation initiated interesting discussions around the understanding […]

Successful partner launch with Heraeus

30 March 2015: CNBP celebrated a successful launch with industry partner Heraeus, in Hanau, Germany on the 30th March 2015. Taking place at the Heraeus Quarzglas division, the launch was attended by CNBP Investigator A/Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem and hosted by Dr Gerhard Schoetz, General Manager of Heraeus Specialty Fiber Optics. As part of the launch, […]

Centre workshops at UoA

27 March 2015: CNBP’s University of Adelaide workshop series took place March 25-27th 2015, to a full and interested crowd of CNBP researchers, associate investigators and partners. Activities included a visit to the University Medical School Laboratories  to better understand capabilities first hand, as well as a visit to  the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI). […]

CNBP researchers meet with high profile politicians

26 March 2015: The CNBP recently completed an extremely successful visit to Canberra, taking part in ‘Science Meets Parliament’, an event coordinated by Science and Technology Australia. The event brought together 200 working scientists for a two-day program of professional development and networking, aimed at helping them better communicate their science to the media, policymakers […]

CNBP seminar on non-invasive imaging of cells

25 March 2015: Ewa Goldys, CNBP Deputy Director undertook a special seminar for the Vascular Research Centre Group at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) during a visit on the 25th March, 2015. Her talk titled, “Non-invasive imaging of biochemistry in cell populations,” looked at the development of specialised characterization hardware and analysis tools using […]

Interdisciplinary Funding Awarded to Whispering Gallery Mode Research

24 March 2015 Congratulations to Prof Andrew Zannettino, Dr Alex Francois and team for winning an $18,000 grant from the University of Adelaide Interdisciplinary Research Fund for their project ‘Diagnosing multipte myeloma: Development of a point of care device for detecting and monitoring serum free light chain levels in serum’. The project is aiming of using our […]

Director Announced for Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics

20 March 2015: Following an extensive international recruitment search, Professor Mark Hutchinson has today been announced as the Director of the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP), an Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence. As CNBP Director, Hutchinson leads a $38m funded research centre that is driving the development of new light related technologies and […]

Collaboration is dead, long live collaboration!

19 March 2015: CNBP Director Mark Hutchinson argues that a more integrated, transdisciplinary research environment is needed – not just in biophotonics but also across multiple physical and medical scientific disciplines as well. Read more in Electro Optics online –

Prof Montarop Yamabhai visits CNBP

18 March 2015 Professor Ewa Goldys from the MQ node  welcomed a new visitor  this week. Professor  Montarop Yamabhai  is affiliated  with the School of Biotechnology, Suranaree University of Technology Suranari Nakhon Ratchasima in Thailand. She is a recipient of the Endeavour fellowship and she will spend 2 months at Macquarie University. Montarop and Ewa […]

CNBP hosts Olympus Australia

18 March 2015: The CNBP continued to build on its close industry link with Olympus Australia, recently hosting James Bowe (Director of Olympus Australia), and several of his colleagues (Eisuke Arinobe and Kim Everuss) at the Centre’s RMIT research node in Melbourne. Invited as guest speaker for the RMIT School of Applied Sciences 2015 Awards […]
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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.