2016 News


CNBP researchers get commercialisation grants

19 December 2016: CNBP researchers Prof Rob McLaughlin (pictured) and Dr Erik Schartner, have received funding for their research activity through the University of Adelaide’s Commercial Accelerator Scheme. Through CAS, the University contributes up to $400,000 each year in cash to research projects with a commercial application. The funding is provided for proof of concept […]

Director speaks at Novartis

16 December 2016: The Director, CNBP, Prof Mark Hutchinson has given an invited talk at Novartis’ first “Think Without the Box” program in Sydney. Consisting of a two hour meeting, Prof Hutchinson’s 45 minute presentation (“How do you know you are sick? How novel light based fibre sensing can help”), was followed by an hour […]

New PhD student at RMIT Uni node

16 December 2016: CNBP’s RMIT University node welcomes new PhD student Maria Javaid to the team. Maria has a MPhil from the University of Sargodha, Pakistan and her background is in exploring the transport properties of graphene. Here Maria will be searching for new fluorescent biomarkers based on 2d materials. She will be supervised by […]

CNBP takes centre stage at Biofocus Conference

15 December 2016: CNBP researchers were at the forefront of this year’s Biofocus Conference held at Macquarie University, 15 December 2016. Early career Centre researchers Annemarie Nadort, Lindsay Parker and Nima Sayyadi sat on the conference organising committee, Centre Deputy Director Ewa Goldys (pictured) opened proceedings while CNBP Chief Investigator Prof Andrew Abell (from the […]

Excellence in sessional teaching

12 December 2016: Congratulations to our recent CNBP PhD graduate, Dr Sandhya Clement who has just won a Macquarie University Faculty of Science Award for ‘Excellence in Sessional Teaching’. Well done Sandhya!

Director attends Melbourne Photonics Symposium

9 December 2016: Professor Mark Hutchinson (Director, CNBP) has given an invited talk at the Melbourne Photonics Symposium held at the Singapore Theatre, Melbourne Design School, Melbourne, December 9th, 2016. The title of his talk was “Using light to measure: lessons and examples from food innovation to advanced systems biology”. The Symposium focused on the […]

CNBP-ANSTO workshop

8 December 2016: CNBP’s Macquarie University node hosted researchers from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) at a highly successful full day workshop held on the 8th December, 2016. The workshop was an opportunity to showcase current imaging and sensing research from both organisations, to stimulate discussion and to see where collaboration opportunities […]

New PhD student at Macquarie Uni node

8 December 2016: CNBP’s Macquarie University node welcomes PhD student Rachit Bansal to the team. Rachit has a Master’s in Nanotechnology from VIT University, Vellore, India, where he worked on the synthesis and properties evaluation of different conducting, insulating, semiconducting and superconducting oxides. Later he worked at the National University of Singapore in the area […]

Director attends ANS 2016 in Hobart

7 December 2016: Professor Mark Hutchinson (Director, CNBP) attended the Australasian Neuroscience Society (ANS 2016) Conference in Hobart on 6 and 7 December 2016 where he presented a talk entitled “The ‘Toll’ of Knowing You are Sick: Microglial Innate Immune Signalling as a Key Contributor to Sex Differences in Pain and Analgesia”. The Director also […]

Spacial peptide imaging presented at ANS conference

7 December 2016: CNBP PhD student Vicky Staikopoulos has presented a poster on preliminary work created from a collaboration between Hutchinson, Packer and Hoffmann labs at the Australasian Neuroscience Society 36th Annual Scientific Meeting hosted in Hobart 4-7th December 2016. This work showcased CNBP and partner proteomic capabilities to measure with spacial topography, changes in […]

New paper in ‘Nanoscale’

5 December 2016: A new publication from CNBP researchers (lead author Philipp Reineck pictured) demonstrates bright and photostable fluorescence from nitrogen-vacancy centers in unprocessed nanodiamond particle aggregates. The work has just been reported in the journal ‘Nanoscale’ and is accessible online. Journal: Nanoscale. Title: Bright and photostable nitrogen-vacancy fluorescence from unprocessed detonation nanodiamond. Authors: P. Reineck, M. Capelli, […]

Director speaks at joint meeting

5 December 2016: Professor Mark Hutchinson (Director, CNBP) was invited to speak at the joint Australian Physiological Society (AuPS) and Australian Society for Biophysics (ASB) meeting held in Adelaide on 5 December 2016. He participated in the symposium “Thinking Small: Seeing Biological Processes with Nanotechnology and Photonics”. His talk was titled, “Using Light to Measure […]

Researcher presents at RACI SA symposium

2 December 2016: CNBP Research Fellow Dr Jingxian Yu presented a talk at the RACI SA Physical Chemistry Symposium, held at the University of South Australia on December 2, 2016. His talk was entitled “Peptides as electronic materials: Insights from experiment and theory”.

Optical fibre probe aims to aid breast cancer surgery

30 November 2016: Exciting translational work by CNBP researchers (project leader Dr Erik Schartner pictured left) has resulted in the development of an optical fibre probe that distinguishes breast cancer tissue from normal tissue – potentially allowing surgeons to be much more precise when removing breast cancer. The work has just been reported in the […]

Centre researchers at Biosensor Symposium

30 November 2016: CNBP Research Fellows, Associate Professor Guozhen Liu (pictured), Dr Lindsay Parker and Dr Sabrina Heng have undertaken talks at the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Melbourne as part of a Biosensor Symposium, Wednesday 30th November, 2016. Talks were as follows: Guozhen Liu – Biophotonic Tools for Cytokine Sensing: From an on-cell […]

A step towards bio-inspired quantum interferometers

29 November 2016: CNBP researchers (lead author Jingxian Yu pictured), have published a paper exploring the quantum interference effects on electronic transport in peptides. The work has just been reported in the journal ‘Molecular Systems Design & Engineering’ and is accessible online. Journal: Molecular Systems Design & Engineering. Title: Exploiting the interplay of quantum interference and backbone rigidity […]

Director speaks at scientific meeting

29 November 2016: Professor Mark Hutchinson (Director, CNBP) participated as a symposium presenter at the ASCEPT-MPGPCR Joint Scientific Meeting held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on 29 November 2016. The symposium title was: Pharmacology of brain neurotransmission. Professor Hutchinson’s presentation title was: Addiction and the brain: the role of the immune system.

Deputy Director presents at Wagga Wagga

29 November 2016: CNBP Deputy Director Prof Ewa Goldys has given a talk at the School of Biomedical Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga on her research success “A Eureka Moment for Cell Colour Technology.” The talk results from Prof Goldys being awarded the recent Australian Museum Eureka Prize for ‘Innovative Use of Technology’. Prof […]

Barbara Kidman Fellowship awarded

28 November 2016: University of Adelaide and CNBP Researcher Dr Sanam Mustafa has been awarded a 2017 Barbara Kidman Fellowship. The University of Adelaide Barbara Kidman Women’s Fellowship Scheme is designed to support female academics to enhance and promote their career. The Fellowships are named after Dr Barbara Kidman who, at the time (1940s and […]

New CNBP PhD student

28 November 2016: CNBP welcomes its newest PhD student at Macquarie University – Fei Deng. Fei is undertaking his PhD study on the development of a biosensor for cytokine testing and is being supervised by Centre Deputy Director Professor Ewa Goldys and A/Prof Guozhen Liu. Fei gained his Master’s Degree this year at the Korea […]

NeuRA Invited Seminar Series

25 November 2016: Professor Ewa Goldys, Deputy Director of the CNBP, has given an invited talk at the Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) Invited Lecture series, 25th November 2016, Sydney. The talk was titled “A Eureka moment for cell colour technology” and explored the research behind Prof Goldys and her success in being awarded the 2016 Australian Museum Eureka […]

PLGA nanocomposites developed for PDT of cancer cells

24 November 2016: In this latest paper, CNBP researchers (lead author Wei Deng pictured left) developed PLGA nanocomposites by incorporating a photosensitizer, verteporfin and gold nanoparticles into the polymeric matrix and utilised them for enhanced photodynamic therapy of cancer cells. Journal: RSC Advances. Title: PLGA nanocomposites loaded with verteporfin and gold nanoparticles for enhanced photodynamic therapy of cancer cells. […]

Welcome Fang Gao

24 November 2016: The Macquarie University node of CNBP welcomes PhD student Fang Gao to the team. Fang is undertaking her PhD on real-time sensing for cytokines and is being supervised by Center Deputy Director Prof. Ewa Goldys and Centre Research Fellow A/Prof. Guozhen Liu. Fang’s research interests lie in the field of fluorescent sensing of […]

Olympus visits CNBP at Macquarie University

23 November 2016: Centre personnel, laboratories and microscopes were on display at Macquarie University, Wednesday November 23rd, as guests from industry partner Olympus Australia took time out of their busy schedules to visit and to explore the latest in imaging developments taking place at the CNBP. Hosted by CNBP node leader Prof Jim Piper and […]

Prostate cancer cell detection

22 November 2016: CNBP researchers (CNBP CI Nicki Packer pictured) are coauthors on an exciting new paper reporting on the design and development of upconversion immune-nanohybrids (UINBs) that have demonstrated potential for prostate cancer cell diagnostic detection. Journal: Scientific Reports. Title: Stable Upconversion Nanohybrid Particles for Specific Prostate Cancer Cell Immunodetection. Authors: Yu Shi, Bingyang Shi, Arun V Everest […]

New student at CNBP MQ node

22 November 2016: CNBP’s Macquarie University node welcomes PhD student Vlada Rozova  to the team. She is undertaking her PhD on the mathematical modelling of tumour growth in tissue engineering constructs and is being supervised by CNBP Associate Investigator A/Prof. Andrei Zvyagin. Vlada’s research interests lie in the field of mathematical modelling of biomedical problems, especially […]

eChallenge success!

18 November 2016: Team ‘Life Whisperers’, composed of CNBP researchers from the University of Adelaide, Melanie McDowall and Jonathan Hall, together with their mentor Michelle Perugini have won first prize in both the Medical Innovations and Research Commercialisation categories of the ‘Australian eChallenge’ competition. Run by the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre (ECIC) at the University […]

John Booker Medal goes to Dayong Jin

17 November 2016: Congratulations to CNBP Investigator Professor Dayong Jin who has been awarded the 2017 John Booker Medal by the Australian Academy of Science. Professor Jin was described by the Academy as a world leader in his field, with his research opening up many opportunities in biomedical devices, early diagnosis and light-triggered nanomedicine. You […]

CNBP talk at International Conference on Biochemistry

16 November 2016: Dr John Horsley, CNBP researcher from the University of Adelaide, presented his recent work at the International Conference on Biochemistry held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October 16th, 2016. His poster presentation and talk was entitled ‘Controlling the Conformation of a Modified Gramicidin S Cyclic Peptidomimetic with an Azobenzene Photoswitch’.

Director travels to North America

16 November 2016: Professor Mark Hutchinson (Director, CNBP) has attended the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Conference held in San Diego, 12-16th November 2016 and presented a poster with the abstract ‘Does the allodynic spinal cord have a specific colour?’ While in San Diego, Prof Hutchinson also attended the Frontiers in Addiction Research Mini-Convention – ‘Relapse […]

Research by Degrees success

14 November 2016: CNBP PhD student Saabah Mahbub has won best poster prize at the ‘Research by Degrees Showcase’, an event held by the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Macquarie University. Saabah’s poster was titled ‘Label-free functional characterization of stem cell cartilage system by hyperspectral imaging (with unsupervised unmixing) for applications in regenerative medicine.’ Posters […]

Key player in GPCR research to visit CNBP

14 November 2016: Dr Sanam Mustafa has organised the visit to CNBP of a key player in the field of G protein-coupled receptors research, Professor Graeme Milligan. The visit will take place in Adelaide, Friday 25th November 2016 – If you would like to chat with Professor Milligan please contact Dr Sanam Mustafa via email […]

Developing novel nano-tools to better understand the brain

11 November 2016: Understanding how the brain works is one of the greatest challenges of modern science – A challenge that CNBP Research Fellow Guozhen Liu is certainly up to! She has recently been awarded an ARC Future Fellowship commencing in 2017 and will work on the creation of a suite of novel biomolecular nano-formulations capable […]

Latest CNBP review paper explores peptide-based macrocycles

10 November 2016: In this latest review paper, CNBP researchers Xiaozhou (Michelle) Zhang (pictured left) and Prof Andrew Abell explore the preparation and properties of peptide-based macrocycles that target important therapeutic aims for conditions such as cancer, cataract, HIV, and neurological diseases. Journal: Australian Journal of Chemistry. Title: Macrocyclic Peptidomimetics Prepared by Ring-Closing Metathesis and Azide-Alkyne Cycloaddition. Authors: Ashok […]

Visit to Hoshi University by Director

7 November 2016: The CNBP Director (Professor Mark Hutchinson) visited the Department of Pharmacology at Hoshi University on the 7th November 2016 where he met with Professor Minoru Narita, provided a 10 minute introduction speech to undergraduate student lectures and provided a seminar to senior researchers and graduate students. Professor Hutchinson’s talk was titled, “The […]

Director speaks at Barbara Ell Seminar

4 November 2016: Professor Mark Hutchinson (Director, CNBP) accepted an invitation to be the special guest speaker at a Barbara Ell seminar held at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in Sydney on the 4th November 2016. These monthly seminars feature leading Australian and NZ researchers or young people who have recently done interesting work. […]

CNBP outreach strategy presented

4 November 2016: Tony Crawshaw, CNBP Communications and Outreach Coordinator, has undertaken a talk and sat on a panel discussion at the 2016 Regional Day Out event, hosted by Learning Environments Australasia’s South Australia chapter in Adelaide. The Regional Day Out meeting (with approximately 250 attendees) focused on the education debate regarding STEM in Australia ( […]

Director participates at AmCham event on nanotechnology

3 November 2016: CNBP Director, Professor Mark Hutchinson, has presented a talk at the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Event on Nanotechnology held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Adelaide on the 3rd November 2016. Attendees at the event, primarily a business audience, heard from three speakers about the latest in nano technology trends, the potential […]

Director speaks at Agriculture Research Day

2 November 2016: The Director, CNBP (Professor Mark Hutchinson) has given an invited talk at the University of Adelaide’s School of Agriculture, Food & Wine’s Research Day held at the Pavilion Function Centre, Adelaide, on 2 November 2016. Profesor Hutchinson’s talk was titled, “Using light to measure – creating windows into the body and potential […]

Successful ARC funding round for CNBP aligned researchers

2 November 2016: CNBP researchers and researchers aligned with the CNBP were well represented in yesterday’s announcement by the Federal Government of the latest round of funding as part of the Australian Research Council’s National Competitive Grants Programme. Discovery Projects Professor Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem (CNBP Investigator) – Taming light and electrons in optical fibres. Professor Ewa Goldys […]

Near-infrared fluorescent nanomaterials

28 October 2016: CNBP researchers Philipp Reineck (pictured left) and A/Prof Brant Gibson explore recent advances in the development and use of near-infrared fluorescent nanomaterials for biomedical imaging and sensing applications in this just released review paper. Journal: Advanced Optical Materials Title: Near-Infrared Fluorescent Nanomaterials for Bioimaging and Sensing Authors: Philipp Reineck and Brant Cameron Gibson Abstract: A great […]

CNBP researcher at precision sensing workshop

26 October 2016: Dr Jingxian Yu, CNBP researcher has attended the Workshop on Precision Sensing for Defence, held at the Australian National University on October 23-25th 2016. The workshop was by invitation only with the aim of presenting and discussing Australia’s strengths in precision sensing technology, and to plan for collaborative arrangements to advance Australian […]

CNBP annual retreat shines

23 October 2016: CNBP aligned researchers came together at the McCracken Country Club, Victor Harbour, South Australia from the 19th-22nd October, for the annual CNBP Retreat. The Retreat brings the CNBP community together, to discuss and explore the science underpinning the success of the Centre, as well as to provide opportunities for networking and engagement, […]

SPIE BioPhotonics Australasia lights up Adelaide

20 October 2016: The inaugural SPIE BioPhotonics Australasia conference took place in Adelaide, Australia, from the 16th-19th October 2016. Close to 200 world leading researchers, clinicians, policy-makers, suppliers and other industry professionals were in attendance at the event which was jointly hosted by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics and SPIE (The International […]

Conference outreach inspires

19 October 2016: As a part of the SPIE Biophotonics Australasia conference, the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics organised a half day outreach session for approximately 100 South Australian students on the 19 October, 2016. The session, focused on inspiring the next generation of scientists, saw Yr 10 and 11 students  from Concordia College, Seaview High School and Seymour College […]

CNBP researcher visits China

18 October 2016: CNBP researcher Michelle Zhang has spent time in China meeting and discussing CNBP related science with researchers at the Institute of Immunology,  Chinese Academy of Science in Beijing (Oct 13th) and at the Biology Institute of Shandong Academy of Sciences (Oct 17th-18th). Michelle first met with Professor Lixin Zhang and his team at […]

Director attends Government event in Tokyo

11 October 2016: The Director, CNBP (Professor Mark Hutchinson) attended the Australian Research Council CoEx(po) at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo, Japan, on 11 October 2016, as an invited speaker. Leaders from three of Australia’s leading research Centres spoke about their work in developing the next generation of health and medical devices and the opportunities […]

New video by CNBP

10 October 2016: The Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) has just released it’s latest video exploring the organisation’s innovative work with nanoparticles, designed to detect targets in cells so that molecular activity can be measured and quantified, in tissue and in the living body. Shot on location at the University of Adelaide, Macquarie University and […]

Goldys gives public talk on cell colour

4 October 2016: CNBP Deputy Director Prof Ewa Goldys gave a colourful and illuminating public talk at Macquarie University today, discussing a pioneering hyperspectral imaging technique that is helping researchers better understand the composition of cells, right down at a molecular level. The talk, entitled, ‘A Eureka Moment for Cell Colour Technology’, explored the use of […]

Director attends IASP 16th World Congress on Pain

30 September 2016: Professor Mark Hutchinson, CNBP Director has attended the IASP 16th World Congress on Pain in Yokohama, Japan, 26-30th September 2016. The event is the world’s premier conference devoted to pain research and treatment, with Prof Hutchinson also speaking at a session during the conference with a talk titled, ‘The role of toll-like receptors […]

Florey Postgraduate Research Conference

29 September 2016: CNBP researcher Dr Sabrina Heng was keynote speaker at the 10th Florey International Postgraduate Research Conference at the University of Adelaide on the 29th September, 2016. Sabrina’s talk, titled ‘Persistence Towards Progress’ was a part of the ‘Pathways to Success’ symposium’ session. The symposium highlighted leaders in diverse areas of excellence (research, […]

CNBP on Scope TV!

24 September 2016: Scope TV  takes a look at the latest and greatest in scientific advancements and explores what’s up and coming in the wonderful world of science. CNBP researcher Dr Malcolm Purdey features in the latest episode of Scope, discussing light based sensing and explaining how innovative optical technologies are opening up exciting new windows into the […]

USA to Australia Fellowship applications now open

23 September 2016: CNBP and the American Australian Association (AAA) are pleased to announce that applications for the 2017 ‘Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics Fellowship’ are now open. The Fellowship, coordinated by the AAA and funded by the CNBP, provides US$30,000 to support an American PhD or early career Postdoctoral Fellow who wishes to conduct one year […]

Enhanced glycosylation characterisation wins HUPO PhD prize

22 September 2016: Christopher Ashwood, CNBP PhD Candidate, has presented at an industry seminar and won a PhD award for his poster at the Human Proteome Organization World Congress from 18-22 September 2016, in Taipei, Taiwan. The conference theme was “Precision Proteomics for Precision Biology and Medicine.” Chris Ashwood’s presentation and poster were both titled […]

Oocyte IVM defined

22 September 2016: A/Prof Jeremy Thompson, CNBP CI is coauthor on the following research paper that explores definitions relating to ‘oocyte in vitro maturation (IVM)’. It follows recent attempts to clarify apparent differences among clinicians in use of the term. Journal: Human Reproduction Title: The Definition of IVM is Clear – Variations need Defining. Authors: Michel […]

CNBP at SA Cattle Producers Forum

16 September 2016: Professor Mark Hutchinson, CNBP Director has spoken at the inaugural South Australian Cattle Producers Forum on Friday, 16 September 2016, at The Carlton Club in Hahndorf. The forum was coordinated by Livestock SA, with support from the Cattle Council of Australia (CCA) and sponsorship from Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA). Prof Hutchinson’s […]

Peptidomimetic boronates as proteasome inhibitors

13 September 2016: CNBP researchers Xiaozhou (Michelle) Zhang & Prof Andrew Abell explore peptidomimetic boronates as proteasome inhibitors in the latest issue of ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters. Journal: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters. Title: New Peptidomimetic Boronates for Selective Inhibition of the Chymotrypsin-Like Activity of the 26S Proteasome. Authors: Xiaozhou Zhang, Alaknanda Adwal, Andrew G Turner, David […]

Researchers light-up festival

10 September 2016: Researchers from the RMIT University node of the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) were out in force to support this year’s AstroLight Festival at Scienceworks, Melbourne, undertaking a wide variety of talks, displays, hands-on activities and demonstrations that entertained and educating over 2000 excited members of the public. From talks encompassing laser […]

Sensing sound with light

9 September 2016: New research from CNBP  researcher Ivan Maksymov and CNBP CI Andrew Greentree outlines a new way to detect ultrasound in the body. The researchers showed that a plasmonic nanoantenna – like a television antenna, but 1000 times smaller than the width of a human hair – can be used to sense ultrasound […]

State Government Minister visits CNBP

8 September 2016: CNBP was delighted today to have hosted a visit from SA State Government Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith MP, Minister for Investment and Trade, Small Business, Defence Industries and Veteran’s Affairs. During the visit, the Minister was provided an overview of CNBP biophotonic activity by Director Prof Mark Hutchinson and was taken on a […]

New CNBP laboratory opened at Macquarie University

6 September 2016: CNBP’s new ‘Biomolecular Discovery Laboratory’, along with two other new laboratories at Macquarie University (a redeveloped Synthetic Biology Lab and new research facilities for Organometallics), were officially opened today by Professor Mary O’Kane, NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer. The opening event, hosted by Macquarie University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Sakkie Pretorius saw a number […]

Emission stability and reversibility of upconversion nanocrystals

5 September 2016: A new paper by CNBP researchers (Deming Liu lead author pictured left) has demonstrated that oleic acid and oleylamine as co-surfactants with a right balance can be used to synthesize homogeneous core-shell NaYF4 nanocrystals. A key finding reported is that coating upconversion nanocrystals (UCNPs) with the inert shells, improved the luminescent emission stability and reversibility of […]

Detection of prostate cancer cells

5 September 2016: The latest paper published by CNBP researchers (lead author Nima Sayyadi, pictured left), reports on a bright red water soluble luminescent molecular probe that was successfully synthesized, with multiple platforms developed for sensitive immunodetection of prostate cancer cells. The probe has immediate potential for sensitive detection of a wide range of proteins and disease-specific […]

Welcome Akash Bachhuka

2 September 2016: CNBP would like to welcome Akash Bachhuka, Research Fellow, to the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics for a six-month period. Akash who has just finished his PhD a few months ago at the University of South Australia, will join CNBP Investigator Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem’s team at the University of Adelaide. During his time […]

Cell colour technology wins Eureka prize

31 August 2016: Ewa Goldys, Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) and Professor at Macquarie University, together with Dr Martin Gosnell, CNBP research affiliate and Managing Director at Quantitative Pty Ltd have won the ANSTO ‘Innovative Use of Technology’ award at the 2016 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes. They were […]

Relevance of methamphetamine’s to psychosis

28 August 2016: CNBP researcher Lindsay Parker (pictured left) and CNBP Associate Investigator Jennifer Cornish have coauthored the following paper, examining the relevance of methamphetamine’s to psychosis. Journal: Neuropharmacology Publication title: GABAergic mRNA Expression is Differentially Expressed Across the Prelimbic and Orbitofrontal Cortices of Rats Sensitized to Methamphetamine: Relevance to Psychosis. Authors: Travis A. Wearne, Lindsay […]

Remotely detecting water traces in organic solvents

26 August 2016 The latest publication involving CNBP researchers reported on an optical fibre sensor for remotely detecting water traces in organic solvents. Journal: RSC Advances. Publication title: An optical fibre sensor for remotely detecting water traces in organic solvents. Authors: Mengke Han, Ming Chen, Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, Cheng Fang, Anjun Qin, Hu Zhang, Ben Zhong Tang, Youhong Tangg and […]

Education session at Olympus Australia

26 August 2016: Olympus LIVE hosted a workshop today, involving a group of Quantum Physics researchers and  students from RMIT University and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP). It was the first microscopy workshop of its kind involving Olympus, the University and Centre, giving students valuable exposure and hands-on experience with resident […]

Official IPHT partner launch

25 August 2016: CNBP and the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT) in Jena officially acknowledged their long term research and collaboration activity with a formal partnership launch today, taking place at IPHT HQ in Germany. CNBP Deputy Director Prof Ewa Goldys, CNBP Macquarie University Node Leader Prof Jim Piper and CNBP RMIT University Node […]

CNBP’s recognize theme expands

24 August 2016: There have been a number of updates from CNBP’s Recognise Theme (focused on creating optically-controlled surfaces to recognise molecules in living systems) led by Chief Investigator Prof Andrew Abell (pictured top left) from the University of Adelaide. Updates include – Prof Irene Hudson from the University of Newcastle has been appointed Associative […]

Outreach session at St. Ignatius College

23 August 2016 CNBP researchers from the University of Adelaide, Michelle Zhang and Sabrina Heng, have undertaken a school outreach session at St. Ignatius College, Adelaide, August 23, 2016. The scientists spoke to two groups of children in an early-learning program about the science of light and the use of light in medicine. Several hands-on […]

Founders Lecture awarded to Thompson

21 August 2016: Congratulations to A/Prof. Jeremy Thompson (CNBP Chief Investigator at the University of Adelaide) who has given the Founders Lecture at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Endocrine Society of Australia and the Society for Reproductive Biology (SRB), at the Gold Coast Convention Centre, 21st August 2016. The Founder’s Lecturer is the SRB’s […]

Open Day at Macquarie University

20 August 2016: CNBP researchers at Macquarie University celebrated the formal end of National Science Week by participating in Macquarie University’s Open Day, Sunday August 20th. With a table and demos set-up to entice intending students and members of the public, CNBP researchers discussed their science and talked about the opportunities that a science education […]

Inaugural Professorial Lecture by CI Greentree

19 August 2016: CNBP Chief Investigator Andrew Greentree presented to a full-house at RMIT University during his Inaugural Professorial Lecture on Friday evening, August 19th, 2016. Over 150 colleagues, friends, family and members of the public were in attendance to hear about Andy’s innovative research, and to better understand the exciting potential of quantum technology and […]

Successful CNBP workshop at RMIT node

19 August 2016: CNBP’s RMIT University node hosted CNBP researchers from Macquarie University and the University of Adelaide today, at a successful and well attended workshop event held in Melbourne. A number of CNBP related projects currently taking place at RMIT were explored during the day long session, including presentations and discussion on the following […]

Adelaide Compass outreach collaboration

16 August 2016: CNBP researchers and Adelaide Compass at the University of Adelaide teamed up today to host an extremely successful outreach session as a part of National Science Week, 2016. The ‘Hit The Lights’ outreach program saw Year 5 students from Burton Primary School visit the CNBP HQ and participate in interactive workshops, demonstrations […]

New student at CNBP MQ node

15 August 2016: CNBP’s Macquarie University node welcomes student Minakshi Das to the team. Minakshi is undertaking her PhD on bio functionalization of upconversion nanoparticles for cancer cell targeting and labeling, and is being supervised by Dr. Xiaoxue Xu and CNBP Chief Investigator, Professor Nicolle Packer. Prior to joining Macquarie University, Minakshi completed her Masters of […]

Open Day at RMIT University

14 August 2016: CNBP’s RMIT University node had a highly successful Open Day experience, with more than 500 people passing through CNBP laboratories and work areas, with CNBP researchers on hand to discuss their science and explain more fully just what nano-scale biophotonics encompasses! Activities included Associate Professor Brant Gibson introducing CNBP to groups of […]

Open Day at the University of Adelaide

14 August 2016: In a great start to National Science Week, CNBP researchers at the University of Adelaide participated in the annual University Open Day, engaging with prospective students and the general public with a host of interactive demonstrations, talks and laboratory tours. According to CNBP General Manager Mel Trebilcock, “Our X-factor this year by far, […]

Encouraging female students to study STEM subjects

11 August 2016: After a successful keynote presentation at the 2015 annual ‘Beach Energy Women in STEM Breakfast’ at Thebarton Senior College, CNBP’s Dr Mustafa was once again invited back to the college to engage with young female students at the 2016 event. Returning from maternity leave, Dr Sanam Mustafa was in an ideal position […]

Quasiperiodic nanohole arrays on optical fibers as plasmonic sensors

10 August 2016: The latest paper published by CNBP scientists demonstrates the quasiperiodic nanohole array based optical fiber as a high-performance plasmonic sensor. Journal: ACS Sensors. Publication title: Quasiperiodic Nanohole Arrays on Optical Fibers as Plasmonic Sensors: Fabrication and Sensitivity Determination. Authors: Peipei Jia (pictured top left), Zhaoliang Yang, Jun Yang and Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem. Abstract: Surface plasmon resonance enhanced optical […]

Singlet oxygen generation in photosensitizers

10 August 2016: Researchers from the CNBP have published a paper reporting on the modification of the efficiency of singlet oxygen generation in photosensitizers conjugated to dielectric (CeF3) and metal (Au) nanoparticles in water. Journal: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry. Publication title: Nanoparticle-mediated singlet oxygen generation from photosensitizers. Authors: Sandhya Clement (pictured above), Mushtaq Sobhan, Wei Deng, […]

Photochromic molecules explored in MOF environment

10 August 2016: Researchers from the CNBP have published a paper representing the first major study of the stability and compatibility of the major classes of photochromic compounds within the microstructured optical fibre (MOF) environment. In developing light-responsive surfaces, investigators face several challenges, not only in achieving high photostationary states and fully reversible switching, but also in […]

Poster presentation at Cardiac Society of Australia and NZ

5 August 2016: Ben Pullen, CNBP Research Associate at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), has presented a poster entitled ‘Label-free oxidative imaging of ageing endothelial cells’ at the 2016 annual scientific meeting of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. The poster is based on a hyperspectral  project being performed in conjunction […]

New student at CNBP MQ node

4 August 2016: We welcome our new Master of Research Student Rashmi Pillai to the CNBP team! Located at Sydney’s Macquarie University, Rashmi is supervised by CNBP Associate Investigators Dr Varun Sreenivasan and Associate Professor Andrei Zvyagin. Her project is aimed at creating better probes for studying analgesia, and focusses specifically on biofunctionalization of nanorubies. […]

How old is too old for a safe pregnancy?

3 August 2016: “While it’s possible to conceive later in life, it’s a risky decision,” says CNBP researcher Dr Hannah Brown who looked at risks and complications associated with pregnancy and childbirth in an article published today in ‘The Conversation’.  

Cell colour technology shortlisted for Eureka honours

29 July 2016: Professor Ewa Goldys, CNBP Deputy Director and Dr Martin Gosnell, Quantitative Pty Ltd, have been selected as finalists in the prestigious Australian Museum Eureka Prizes, for their work in developing technology that enables colour to be used as a uniquely powerful diagnostic tool in medicine. Selected in the award category ‘2016 ANSTO […]

Third harmonic generation of ECFs

28 July 2016: Researchers from CNBP and The Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT), have had a paper published today on the topic of third harmonic light generation using ECFs. Journal: Optics Express. Publication title: Third harmonic generation in exposed-core microstructured optical fibers. Authors: Stephen C. Warren-Smith, Jingxuan Wie, Mario Chemnitz, Roman Kostecki, Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, Tanya M. Monro and Markus […]

Director talks at UniSA’s Future Industries Institute Seminar Series

25 July 2016: Professor Mark Hutchinson, CNBP Director, attended UniSA’s Future Industries Institute (FII) Annual Seminar Series and spoke about “Using Light to Measure: Lessons and Examples from Food Innovation to Advanced Systems Biology”. FII Seminars are aimed at disseminating key discoveries and fundamental advances across all disciplines of the sciences. They are also designed […]

Dr. Jiawen Li at the Nanchang Hangkong University

24 July 2016: CNBP researcher Dr. Jiawen Li has given an invited talk at the Nanchang Hangkong University, China. Two of her current research projects on novel fibre-optic probes and a short description of CNBP activities and projects were presented to attendees.

Mike Baratta visits CNBP

22 July 2016: Dr Michael Baratta from The University of Colorado Boulder recently visited both the Macquarie and Adelaide nodes of the CNBP during July 2016. Whilst at both nodes he presented a seminar titled, “Targeting and readout strategies for studying the neural basis of stress resilience,” and spoke with staff and students. This resulted […]

Dr. Jiawen Li gives talk at Med-X Research Centre

21 July 2016: Dr. Jiawen Li, CNBP researcher located at the University of Adelaide, has given an invited talk at the Med-X Research Centre, Shanghai Jiao Tong Univeristy, China. Her visit included discussions on potential collaborations with the Med-X Research Centre, one of the top biomedical engineering research centres in China.

In vivo measurements of brain temperature

20 July 2016: CNBP researcher  Stefan Musolino is lead author on a new paper reporting on the development of an optical fiber based probe for in vivo measurements of brain temperature. Journal: Biomedical Optics Express Publication title: Portable optical fiber probe for in vivo brain temperature measurements. Authors: Stefan Musolino, Erik P. Schartner, Georgios Tsiminis, Abdallah Salem, Tanya M. […]

Dr Hannah Brown receives award at SSR2016

20 July 2016: Congratulations to CNBP researcher Dr Hannah Brown who has been awarded the Australia/New Zealand best regional abstract award at the Society for the Study of Reproduction conference in San Diego, July 2016. The annual conference is the premier research meeting in Reproductive Biology with well over a thousand delegates in attendance. Her abstract, […]

Best poster award at CIOP 2016

19 July 2016: Dr. Jiawen Li presented her team’s work at the 8th International Conference on Information Optics and Photonics (CIOP 2016) in Shanghai, July 17-29 and was awarded best poster award. This award was based on research work by CNBP researchers Jiawen Li, Bryden Quirk, Rodney Kirk, Robert McLaughlin, et al. with the poster […]

N-glycan MALDI mass spectrometry imaging analysis

13 July 2016: CNBP researchers have released a science paper investigating how N-glycan MALDI mass spectrometry imaging analysis is able to differentiate and delineate tissues as observed in a formalin-fixed ovarian cancer section. Journal: Molecular and Cellular Proteomics. Publication title: N-glycan MALDI Imaging Mass Spectrometry on Formalin-Fixed Paraffin-Embedded Tissue Enables the Delineation of Ovarian Cancer Tissues. Authors: Arun V […]

A/Prof Jeremy Thompson gives plenary

27 June 2016: A/Prof Jeremy Thompson, CNBP Chief Investigator, gave a plenary lecture at the International Congress Animal Reproduction meeting, in Tours, France on June 27 2016. The congress is held every 4 years and over 1000 delegates attended. His talk was entitled “Bidirectional communication between cumulus cells and the oocyte: Old hands and new […]

Poster presentation at Nanomedicine Conference

27 June 2016: CNBP Research Fellow, Nicole Cordina, has presented a poster at the International Nanomedicine Conference in Coogee (June 27-29). Her poster presentation “Engineering of Fluorescent Nanodiamonds towards Probing Cytokines in Live Microglial Cells” summarises her recent work with CNBP researcher Guozhen Liu, where 100 nm nanodiamonds were successfully targeted to interleukin-6 on live […]

Dr Stephen Warren-Smith to become CNBP AI

27 June 2016: Dr Stephen Warren-Smith, currently working at the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT), Jena, Germany will return to the University of Adelaide in October this year, to take-up a four-year 2016 Ramsay Fellowship. In exciting news for the Centre, and in conjunction with this Fellowship commencement, Stephen will also be granted official CNBP Associate […]

Brightness and photostability of nanomaterials for bioimaging

23 June 2016: CNBP Research Fellow Dr Philipp Reineck (RMIT University node) is lead author on a new research paper, reporting on ‘Brightness and Photostability of Emerging Red and Near-IR Fluorescent Nanomaterials for Bioimaging.’ The work was co-authored by CNBP researchers A/Prof Brant Gibson, Dr Antony Orth and Dr Desmond Lau. Journal: Advanced Optical Materials […]

Inhibition of α-chymotrypsin

23 June 2016: CNBP researchers Xiaozhou (Michelle) Zhang  (pictured left) and Prof Andrew Abell (CNBP Chief Investigator) report on an NMR and X-ray crystallography-based characterisation of the mechanism by which a new class of macrocyclic peptidomimetic aldehyde inhibits α-chymotrypsin. This provides molecular level insight into the mechanism and functionalities of proteases, which are crucial for many biological […]

Physics in the pub!

20 June 2016: Attendees at Sydney’s ‘Physics in the pub’ event were treated to a magical light-inspired show by CNBP researchers Martin Ploschner, Denitza Denkova and Varun Sreenivasan. Together they wowed the audience at the Three Wise Monkeys Hotel, using little more than UV light, fluorescent paint and other handy fluorescing materials. Their act, one of a number […]

CNBP contributes to OSA white paper

20 June 2016: CNBP Deputy Director Prof Ewa Goldys, has taken part in the development of an OSA white paper on the subject of label-free techniques for biomedical diagnostics and imaging. The white paper, just released, was based on the many contributions to an OSA Incubator event held on 16-18 September 2015 at OSA Headquarters, Washington, DC, […]

MQ Uni node hosts CNBP ECRs

17 June 2016: A CNBP workshop tailored for early career researchers (ECRs) was held at Macquarie University, June 17th, 2016. A full-house saw a number of topics discussed, including: -how to write a successful grant and how to respond to grant feedback (from CNBP ECRs with current successful ARC Fellowships). -an update of key points […]

Successful workshop at MQ Uni

16 June 2016: CNBP’s Macquarie University node was pleased to host a full day multi-nodal CNBP workshop on Thu 16th June, 2016. Centre researchers (from Macquarie University, The University of Adelaide and RMIT University) participated in the workshop activity with a number of informative talks undertaken – all based on current CNBP research and more specifically […]

Malcolm Purdey at Fresh Science

14 June 2016: “It was all about effective communication and engaging meaningfully with your target audience,” summarised CNBP researcher Dr Malcolm Purdey who has just completed the ‘Fresh Science‘ training program, in Adelaide, South Australia. An annual program, ‘Fresh Science’ comprises a day of media and communication training for early career researchers, helping turn them […]

Rapidly labeling antibodies with luminescence

10 June 2016: CNBP and Macquarie University researchers have successfully developed a novel indirect universal detection reagent that rapidly labels antibodies with luminescence within seconds and without the need for any complicated bioconjugation procedures. The reagent, reported in the journal ‘Scientific Reports’, can be used to directly label antibodies for several time-gated luminescence applications, e.g., […]

Director speaks at pain conference in Sicily

6 June 2016: Professor Mark Hutchinson (Director, CNBP) attended the Pain Mechanisms and Therapeutics Conference in Taormina, Sicily, from 5-10th June 2016. While there he gave an invited talk, speaking on the topic, “The impact of innate immune signaling on sex differences in exaggerated pain states and analgesic requirements; integration of clinical and experimental human […]

Ultrasensitive imaging of unique nanoruby probes

6 June 2016: Our CNBP researchers describe a wide-field time-gated photoluminescence microscopy system, customised for ultrasensitive imaging of unique nanoruby probes in this latest paper published in the Journal of Biophotonics. Publication Title: Wide-Field Time-Gated Photoluminescence Microscopy for Fast Ultrahigh-Sensitivity Imaging of Photoluminescent Probes. Authors: Wan A W Razali (pictured top left), Varun K A […]

CNBP researcher at Gordon Research Conference

5 June 2016: CNBP Researcher, Dr Jingxian Yu, from the University of Adelaide, presented recent research on “Peptide-Based Quantum Interferometers and Their Sensing Applications” at the prestigious Gordon Research Conference on Electronic Processes in Organic Materials in Lucca, Italy, from 5-10 June 2016. At the conference, chemists, physicists and materials scientists from all over the […]

New team members at University of Adelaide

2 June 2016: We welcome several new team members to the CNBP and the University of Adelaide team more generally. The first is Mr Bryden Quirk, joining us from Perth and who works alongside Chair of BioPhotonics Professor Rob McLaughlin. Bryden is working on the “fibre optical needle imaging” project and sits in the School […]

CNBP researcher visits China and Israel

1 June 2016: CNBP researcher from the University of Adelaide, Dr Jingxian Yu, was invited by several academic facilities in both China and Israel to disseminate his recent research. Lectures were given to the Department of Chemical Engineering at Xiamen University, China, Professor David Cahen’s group at the Weizmann Institute of Science, and the Department […]

Light-emitting nanoparticles embedded into glass

30 May 2016: Dr Tim Zhao, CNBP Associate Investigator (University of Adelaide) is lead author on a new research paper, reporting on an innovative method for embedding light-emitting nanoparticles into glass without losing any of their unique properties. The paper’s results made the University of Adelaide news site! Publication Title: Upconversion Nanocrystal-Doped Glass: A New […]

UHN Toronto partnership launch

30 May 2016: The CNBP has officially launched an international research partnership with the University Health Network (Toronto) following a successful event, undertaken at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre on the 30th May 2016. The partnership broadens the potential for research collaboration between the CNBP and the UHN as well as strengthens the current links […]

Director speaks at CAN-ACN

29 May 2016: Prof Mark Hutchinson (CNBP Director) has given an invited talk about glial cells and pain in a satellite symposium run by The Canadian Neurophotonics Platform at the 10th Annual Canadian Neuroscience Meeting, May 29th, 2016, Toronto. Mark’s talk was titled, “The Toll of Knowing you are sick: Implications for pain and addiction.” The […]

Biosensors 2016 talk

28 May 2016: Guozhen Liu, CNBP Research Fellow has given a talk at the Biosensors 2016 Post Congress Symposium in Cancer Diagnostics in Gothenburg, Sweden, 28th May 2016. The title of her talk was “The On-Cell-Surface Sensor (OnCELISA) towards identifying and selecting highly cytokine-secreting Cells.”

CNBP visits Singapore, Sweden and Denmark

27 May 2016: Research Associate Malcolm Purdey has presented a science poster at the Biosensors Conference in Gothenburg, Sweden (May 27th 2016). The poster was titled, “Optical fibre probes for hydrogen peroxide and pH in reproductive health.” He has also given CNBP focused talks at the University of Lund, University of Copenhagen (Denmark), and Nanyang […]

US Defence delegation visits Centre

26 May 2016: Representatives from US Defense Force science and research offices were today hosted by CNBP researchers at  Macquarie University. The visit, organised by the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF), included informal talks as well as visits to CNBP’s biology, biophotonics, optics and materials laboratories. The laboratory visits gave CNBP researchers the opportunity to showcase their work […]

Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem gives seminar at USYD

25 May 2016: CNBP Investigator, Professor Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem has presented a seminar at the Institute of Photonics and Optical Science at the University of Sydney on 25 May 2016. Heike’s talk title was: Taming the Light in Optical Fibres for Sensing. Abstract – This talk reviews the light-based sensing approaches developed at the Institute for […]

New Research Fellow role for Nima Sayyadi

25 May 2016: Dr. Nima Sayyadi at Macquarie University, former CNBP Associate Investigator, has been employed as a CNBP Research Fellow. Dr Sayyadi  has previously been responsible for designing  and developing a series of novel europium luminescent chelates which have successfully been applied to the detection of Staphylococcus aureus using luminescent in situ hybridization (LISH) techniques. […]

CNBP at US-Australia Technical Exchange meeting

23 May 2016: Professor Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem (CNBP Investigator), Dr Lindsay Parker (CNBP Research Fellow) and Dr Andrew Care (CNBP Research Fellow) spoke at the US-Australia Enabling Technologies Technical Exchange Meeting 2016 at UNSW in Sydney on 23-24 May 2016. Heike’s talk was: “Pushing the Limits in Glass Properties and Structures for Laser, Sensing and Nonlinearity […]

Director speaks at AVA Conference

23 May 2016: The Director of CNBP, Professor Mark Hutchinson, has undertaken an invited talk at the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) 2016 Annual Conference held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, from 22-27 May 2016. Mark’s talk was presented on 23 May 2016 and titled “The ‘toll’ of knowing your are sick: implications for acute […]

Minnesota students visit MQ node

20 May 2016: On Friday May 20th 2016, a group of 25 engineering and physics students from the University of Minnesota visited Macquarie University for a very full day of talks, seminars and laboratory tours. As a part of this visit, CNBP Deputy Director Prof Ewa Goldys provided a 45 minute talk to the students, […]

CNBP technology targets chronic pain

17 May 2016: A consortium led by Macquarie University, utilising technology established by the ARC Centre of Excellence for BioPhotonics (CNBP), has been awarded a $340,000 Linkage Grant by the Australian Research Council, to target the debilitating effects of chronic pain. The grant, bringing together researchers from Macquarie University, the University of Adelaide and the regenerative medicine company […]

Sensing Zn2+ ions in biological samples

13 May 2016: CNBP researchers have created nanoscale biosensors that are capable of sensing Zn2+ ions in biological samples. Such sensors have potential application in disease diagnosis and study, as well as in environmental sensing. The study was published in the journal ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, May 13th, 2016. Publication title: Microstructured Optical Fiber-based Biosensors: Reversible and Nanoliter-Scale Measurement […]

EMN conference on Light Matter Interactions

12 May 2016: Martin Ploschner, CNBP Research Fellow, undertook an invited talk at the ‘EMN Meeting on Light-Matter Interactions’, Singapore, May 12th, 2016. His talk was titled ‘Multimode fibre endoscopy.’ Further meeting information can be found online.

Mark Hutchinson speaks at AusMedtech 2016

11 May 2016: Professor Mark Hutchinson (Director, CNBP) has given an invited talk and taken part in a chaired Q&A session at the AusMedtech 2016 Conference held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, on the 11th May 2016. The talk and session  took place during the Australian National Fabrication Facility sponsored business breakfast, where Prof Hutchinson […]

Electron transfer in peptides

10 May 2016: CNBP scientists have authored a new paper in the journal Electrochimica Acta. Details follow below. Publication title:  Turning electron transfer ‘on-off’ in peptides through side-bridge gating. Authors:  Jingxian Yu, , John R. Horsley and Andrew D. Abell. Abstract: Electrochemical studies are reported on a series of peptides to determine the influence of different side-chains and […]

Welcome Prof Robert McLaughlin

10 May 2016: We’re extremely happy to welcome Professor Robert McLaughlin to the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP). As the new Chair of BioPhotonics at the University of Adelaide and Investigator for the  CNBP, Robert has a strong and proven track record in imaging research, successful research funding, as well as in team management and leadership. A […]

Science, beauty, and the art of asking questions

6 May 2016: Good science is simply the art of asking really good questions said CNBP Chief Investigator Prof Tanya Monro, in a motivating TEDx talk that took place in Adelaide, May 6th, 2016. Tanya’s talk, titled “Science, beauty, childhood and the art of asking questions” explained how science and mathematics can help explain everything […]

New PhD candidate at CNBP Adelaide node

3 May 2016: We welcome new PhD candidate Avishkar Saini to the CNBP team! Enrolled at the School of Medicine, University of Adelaide, Avi’s PhD topic is “Non-reproductive uses of Zona Pellucida”, sitting within the Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) field. Supervised by CNBP Chief Investigator A/Prof Jeremy Thompson & CNBP Researcher Dr Hannah Brown, Avi’s multidisciplinary project will involve strong collaborations […]

CNBP at SIRT 2016

1 May 2016: CNBP researchers Dr Hannah Brown, Dr Sabrina Heng and Dr Erik Schartner (pictured) presented invited talks to a range of researchers and clinicians at the ‘Scientists in Reproductive Technology (SIRT)’ conference in Adelaide on the 1st of May, 2016. Explored in their talks were differing ways in which upcoming Centre research might find […]

Prof Packer gives plenary talk

29 April 2016: CNBP Chief Investigator, Prof Nicolle Packer has given an invited talk at the Australian Medical Research Society meeting, held in Newcastle, Australia. Prof Packer was invited as the plenary speaker on 29 April 2016 and gave a talk titled, “Protein Glycosylation: sugars are not all bad!”  

Assembly of functional upconversion nanoparticles

27 April 2016: CNBP researchers have developed a strategy to synthesize targeted PDT nanocomposites combining photosensitizer molecules with upconversion nanoparticles and tumor-targeting antibodies. Publication title: Facile Assembly of Functional Upconversion Nanoparticles for Targeted Cancer Imaging and Photodynamic Therapy. Authors: Liuen Liang, Andrew Care (pictured), Run Zhang, Yiqing Lu, Nicolle H. Packer, Anwar Sunna, Yi Qian and Andrei V […]

Imaging for neuroimmune research

26 April 2016: CNBP scientists have authored a new review paper, detailing the latest in imaging technologies for use in neuroimmune related research. Publication title:  Novel imaging tools for investigating the role of immune signalling in the brain. Authors:  Jonathan Henry W Jacobsen, Lindsay M Parker, Arun V Everest-Dass, Erik P Schartner, Georgios Tsiminisa, Vasiliki Staikopoulos, Mark R […]

Frontiers in Sialic Acid conference

23 April 2016: Arun Dass, CNBP researcher presented a poster at the ‘Frontiers in Sialic Acid Research Conference’ in Bad Lauterberg, Germany, 23-25 April 2016. The program of this meeting was dedicated to addressing and integrating all aspects of sialic acid related research. Internationally recognized experts met with junior scientists to establish a vivid and […]

Fellowship supports study into stress

22 April 2016: The Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP), an Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence is pleased to announce Dr Michael Baratta, Senior Research Associate in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder, as the successful recipient of the CNBP-American Australian Association (AAA) Fellowship for 2016. The Fellowship, coordinated by the AAA and […]

Online talk at Biophotonics Symposium, University of Baghdad

21 April 2016: Researchers in Iraq at the University of Baghdad have learnt more about the CNBP as well as the current trends in nanoscale biophotonics, following an invited talk, provided by CNBP researcher Dr Ayad Anwer. The talk, delivered remotely via the web, featured as part of a Biophotonics Symposium that took place at […]

Kids learn photonics at STEMSEL session

19 April 2016: CNBP was happy to host the next generation of young scientists at today’s ‘STEMSEL Photonics’ session at the University of Adelaide node. STEMSEL clubs, standing for ‘Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Social Enterprise Learning’ are an arm of the STEMSEL Foundation which is a not for profit organisation that aims to teach every […]

Welcome Megan Lim

18 April 2016: We welcome new PhD student Megan Lim, enrolled at the School of Medicine, University of Adelaide who will be working on the haemoglobin project within the Centre for Nanoscale Biophotonics. Supervised by Dr Hannah Brown and A/Prof Jeremy Thompson, Megan will also work closely with Tony Orth (CNBP researcher at RMIT University) […]

High temp sensing using suspended-core optical fibers

14 April 2016: CNBP Chief Investigator Tanya Monro and senior researcher Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem are co-authors on a newly published paper in the Journal ‘Optics Express’. Publication title: Interferometric high temperature sensor using suspended-core optical fibers. Authors: Linh Viet Nguyen, Stephen C Warren-Smith, Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem and Tanya M Monro. Abstract: We propose and experimentally demonstrate, for the […]

CNBP student recognised with biotech award

13 April 2016: Congratulations to CNBP honours student Emma Wilson from our RMIT University node in Melbourne. Emma was recognised this evening with an award for her ‘Outstanding Achievements in Biotechnology’. The Award is an industry sponsored award for academic excellence in the RMIT Biotechnology Degree, and it is awarded for best student performance overall. Emma’s […]

Director speaks at New Frontiers

13 April 2016: Professor Mark Hutchinson, CNBP Director has attended and given an invited talk at the the New Frontiers – The Big Frontier: Data, Populations and Connections event held at McLaren Vale on 13 April 2016. This year there were 25 speakers contributing to the program. Professor Hutchinson’s talk title was: Neuroimmunology and Novel […]

Combining computer analysis with microscopy

31 March 2016: CNBP researchers have successfully combined computer analysis with microscopy, to extract highly detailed cellular information that will help distinguish between healthy and diseased cells, in areas as diverse as cancer, injury and inflammation. The approach, reported in the journal ‘Scientific Reports’, has shown that subtle biochemical signatures of cells can be captured […]

National Press Club: Women of Science

30 March 2016: CNBP Chief Investigator Prof. Tanya Monro was one of three top tier scientists presenting today, at the Australian National Press Club in Canberra. The topic under discussion, gender inequalities in the scientific workplace and what can be done to best stop the science brain drain that is forcing out some of Australia’s best […]

Cytotoxic effects of upconversion nanoparticles

29 March 2016: A/Prof Andrei Zvyagin, CNBP Associate Investigator located at Macquarie University, is co-author on the following nanoparticle focused paper, published in the journal ‘RSC Advances’. Paper title: Cytotoxic effects of upconversion nanoparticles in primary hippocampal cultures. Paper authors: Maria V Vedunova, Tatiana A Mishchenko, Elena V Mitroshina, Natalia V Ponomareva, Andrei V Yudintsev, Alla N […]

Paper looks at magneto plasmonic nanoantennas

25 March 2016: Novel magneto-plasmonic nanoantennas are the focus of attention in the latest paper published by CNBP researcher Ivan Maksymov in the journal ‘Reviews in Physics’. Title: Magneto-Plasmonic Nanoantennas: Basics and Applications. Author: Ivan S. Maksymov Abstract: Plasmonic nanoantennas is a hot and rapidly expanding research field. Here we overview basic operating principles and applications of novel […]

Paper published in journal ‘Energies’

23 March 2016: Jingxian Yu, CNBP Research Fellow is co-author  on a new paper published in the journal ‘Energies’. Paper title: Electrochemical Mechanism for FeS2/C Composite in Lithium Ion Batteries with Enhanced Reversible Capacity. Authors: Shengping Wang and Jingxian Yu Abstract: Nanoscale FeS2 was synthesized via a simple hydrothermal method and was decorated by hydrothermal carbonization (FeS2@C). The […]

Sensing for lithium ions

21 March 2016: CNBP researchers Daniel Stubing, Sabrina Heng and Andrew Abell recently published a full paper in the journal ‘Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry’. The published work presents three new spiropyran photoswitchable sensors and compares their sensitivity to different monovalent metal ions to develop a new reversible lithium ion sensor. These sensing molecules are now […]

Best paper award at SPIE Photonics West

18 March 2016: Congratulations to CNBP Research Fellow Antony Orth who has won a Hitachi Hi-Tech award for a paper presented at the recent SPIE Photonics West BIOS 2016 conference (High-Speed Biomedical Imaging and Spectroscopy: Toward Big Data Instrumentation and Management). There were six awards distributed to authors who presented at the conference, with Antony’s talk titled […]

Proteomics paper examines knee osteoarthritis

15 March 2016: CNBP researcher Arun  Everest-Dass and CNBP Chief Investigator Prof Nicolle Packer have both co-authored a newly published paper that reports on a new approach, to better study and understand knee osteoarthritis. The paper was published in the journal ‘Proteomics’. Title: MALDI mass spectrometry imaging of N-glycans on tibial cartilage and subchondral bone proteins […]

Prof Leonard Harrison visits Macquarie

14 March 2016: Prof Leonard Harrison from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (Melbourne) has given an invited talk to researchers at Macquarie University. Invited by CNBP PhD student Abdulrahman (Shaz) Mansour M Shathili and CNBP Chief Investigator Prof Nicki Packer, Prof Harrison spoke about his work on a novel immunoregulatory mechanism whereby soluble […]

Tanya Monro at WOMADelaide

14 March 2016: One of Australia’s favourite outdoor festivals –  WOMADelaide -has featured CNBP Advocate and CI Tanya Monro. Tanya joined internationally celebrated American academic and award winning author, Naomi Oreskes and Australia’s Dr Karl Kruzelnicki, in a panel discussion that examined the theme – ‘Should We Trust Scientists?’ The discussion featured as part of the WOMADelaide […]

CNBP hosts John Gardner MP

11 March 2016: John Gardner MP (Liberal Shadow Minister for Education; Multicultural Affairs; The Arts and Higher Education, Science and the Information Economy) and SA State Member for Morialta, took time out to visit CNBP and the University of Adelaide on Friday March 11th, 2016. Meeting with CNBP Director Mark Hutchinson and General Manager Mel […]

Women in Life Sciences

11 March 2016: Centre Chief Investigator Prof Nicolle Packer and researcher Dr Annemarie Nadort represented CNBP at the inaugural ‘Women in Life Sciences’ luncheon’, held in Sydney, Friday 11 March 2016. The event was a celebration of success in the Life Sciences sector with a panel of industry leaders exploring entrepreneurial and leadership opportunities for women. Discussed […]

Supporting ‘Scientists and mathematicians in schools’ program

10 March 2016: Dr Sabrina Heng, CNBP researcher has undertaken a further school visit to Lockleys Primary School in Adelaide as a part of her involvement in the Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools (SMiS) outreach program. SMiS is a national volunteer program bringing real science, mathematics and ICT into the classroom through ongoing flexible partnerships between teachers […]

Single-ring hollow core optical fibers produced

9 March 2016: CNBP researchers have published a paper in Optics Express, reporting on the fabrication of the first extruded hollow core optical fiber with a single ring of cladding holes. The fibers were used to perform Raman sensing of methanol, demonstrating their potential for future fiber sensing applications. Title:  Single-ring hollow core optical fibers made […]

Visiting scholar to Macquarie Uni node

8 March 2016: CNBP welcomes Prof. Chongfeng Guo, a visiting scholar from the Department of Physics of Northwest University in China to its Macquarie University node. Prof Guo will join Prof. Ewa Goldys’ research team for 12 months – his activity, a focus on the synthesis, mechanism and application of rare earth doped inorganic luminescent materials, including down conversion, […]

Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem at CU-Boulder

4 March 2016: Professor Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, CNBP senior researcher, has presented a talk on optical fibres at the University of Colorado, Boulder, on the 4th March 2016. Professor Ebendorff-Heidepriem was invited to CU-Boulder by Prof Linda Watkins, where they also discussed potential collaborative projects with the CNBP.  

Invited talk at WCSM-2016

4 March 2016: Roman Kostecki, CNBP researcher, has given an invited talk at the ‘Annual World Congress of Smart Materials’ in Singapore, 4th March 2016 (WCSM-2016). Talk title: Smart Microstructured Optical Fibers for Chemical and Biological Recognition. Abstract: Optical detection of chemical or biological species relies on the interaction between a target species and light. […]

CNBP meets the pollies

4 March 2016: CNBP fully embraced the opportunities provided by the just completed ‘Science meets Parliament’ event, organised by Science & Technology Australia, March 1-2, 2016. The event, attracting 200 of Australia’s top scientists across all disciplines, aimed to help researchers understand how politics, policymaking and the media work, and gave them an opportunity to […]

Behind the scenes at SmP

3 March 2016: A ‘Behind the Scenes’ video taken at the annual ‘Science Meets Parliament’ event featured CNBP researchers Dr Melanie McDowall (pictured) and Dr Hannah Brown. Follow the action in an entertaining and informative video that shows just what happens when Australia’s top scientists get the chance to meet the policy makers of the […]

Jeremy Thompson gives talk at ESHRE

3 March 2016: CNBP Chief Investigator, Jeremy Thompson, has given an invited talk at a European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) workshop in Brussels, Belgium (March 3, 2016). The workshop explored ‘Oocyte maturation: from basics to clinic’ and the title of Jeremy’s talk was ‘Haemoglobin in the antral follicle – an oocyte oxygenation story […]

Scientists in Schools visit

3 March 2016: Dr Sabrina Heng, CNBP researcher has undertaken a school visit to Lockleys Primary School in Adelaide as a part of the ‘Scientists in Schools’ outreach program. Sabrina has been part of the Scientists in Schools program since 2011 and from last year has been attached to Lockleys, and more specifically to a […]

Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem presents at Gordon Research Conference

2 March 2016: Professor Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, CNBP senior researcher, has given an invited talk entitled “Taming the light in optical fibres” in Galveston, Texas, at the Gordon Research Conference on Natural Gas Hydrate Systems. The conference took place on the 2nd March 2016 with additional information available online.  

Review paper published in Nanoscale

26 February 2016: Dr Annemarie Nadort and CNBP researchers Jiangbo Zhao and Ewa Goldys  have had a review paper accepted for the high-impact journal Nanoscale. Title: Lanthanide upconversion luminescence at a nanoscale: fundamentals and optical properties Authors: Annemarie Nadort, Jiangbo Zhao and  Ewa M. Goldys. Abstract: Upconversion photoluminescence is a nonlinear effect where multiple lower energy excitation […]

New PhD student at Macquarie Uni

26 February 2016: We welcome our newest CNBP PhD student to Macquarie University, Abbas Habibalahi. Abbas will be supervised by CNBP Deputy Director Prof. Ewa Goldys and will join her research group, working on hyperspectral imaging. Prior to joining Macquarie University, Abbas graduated with a BSc Degree (majoring in mechanical engineering) from Tabriz University  and then […]

Prof Andrew Abell elected Australian Fulbright Ambassador

25 February 2016: Andrew Abell, Professor at the University of Adelaide and Chief Investigator at the CNBP,  has recently been elected as an Australian Fulbright Ambassador, a prestigious honour awarded by the Australian-American Fulbright Commission. The Commission promotes educational and cultural exchange between Australia and the United States in order to enhance mutual understanding and strengthen […]

Radical new research opens window on chronic pain

25 February 2016: ‘Inside South Australia’ has profiled CNBP Director Prof. Mark Hutchinson. Explored is Prof Hutchinson’s research that could bring relief to millions of people worldwide who suffer from debilitating chronic pain. Read the full article here!  

Paper published in Analytical Chemistry

25 February 2016: CNBP researchers have published a paper in the journal Analytical Chemistry titled, “High-contrast visualization of upconversion luminescence in mice using timegating approach.” Authors: Xianlin Zheng, Xingjun Zhu, Yiqing Lu, Jiangbo Zhao, Wei Feng, Guohua Jia, Fan Wang, Fuyou Li and Dayong Jin. Abstract: Optical imaging through the near-infrared (NIR) window provides deep penetration […]

Extending prematuration with cAMP modulators enhances oocytes

22 February 2016: CNBP senior researcher Melanie McDowall (pictured) and CNBP Chief Investigator Jeremy Thompson are co-authors on a newly published paper in the Journal ‘Human Reproduction’. Publication title: Extending prematuration with cAMP modulators enhances the cumulus contribution to oocyte antioxidant defence and oocyte quality via gap junctions. Authors: H K Li, M L Sutton-McDowall, X […]

Latest paper published in Scientific Reports

22 February 2016: CNBP researchers have published a paper in the journal Scientific Reports. Demonstrated is a novel but simple method for creating transparent conductive reduced graphene oxide film onto microstructured silica fibres for potential optoelectronic applications. Title: Integration of conductive reduced graphene oxide into microstructured optical fibres for optoelectronics applications. Authors: Yinlan Ruan, Liyun Ding, Jingjing Duan, […]

Guest lecture at ARMI

17 February 2016: Prof. Nicolle Packer, CNBP Chief Investigator, has today given a guest lecture at the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI). The medical research centre is based at the Clayton Campus of Monash University, Melbourne. Prof. Packer’s talk was titled, “Integrating technologies to make discoveries in glycobiology.” Further information on the ARMI and its contributions […]

‘Spark of Life’ workshop

17 February 2016: A CNBP ‘Spark of Life’ workshop saw an excellent turnout and much research discussion at the University of Melbourne today. Led by CNBP Chief Investigator Prof. Jeremy Thompson (pictured right) and hosted by CNBP Associate Investigator Prof. David Gardner (University of Melbourne), the workshop sought to detail ongoing research within the CNBP […]

Lindsay Parker at SPIE 2016

15 February 2016: Lindsay Parker, CNBP researcher, has presented her work at the SPIE Photonics West Conference, San Francisco, 2016. The conference is one of the largest Biomedical Optics & Photonics Conferences in the world. Lindsay’s paper was titled, “Fluorescent nanodiamond and lanthanide labelled in situ hybridization for the identification of RNA transcripts in fixed […]

Visit to McMeen Elementary School in Denver

12 February 2016: Fitting in a half day of outreach at McMeen Elementary School in Denver, Colorado, was a highlight for CNBP Research Fellow Lindsay Parker. Spending time with a class of Year 5 students and their teacher, Lindsay led discussion about what scientists do, how research is conducted and answered a large number of science related queries. […]

Invited talks at University of Colorado Boulder

11 February 2016: Ewa Goldys, CNBP Deputy Director and Lindsay Parker, CNBP Research Fellow were invited speakers at the University of Colorado Boulder. Ewa and Lindsay, hosted by Profs Steven Meier and Linda Watkins from the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, spoke about various activities and projects currently taking place across the CNBP. Also discussed were potential […]

Summer scholarship students at Macquarie

10 February 2016: Lindsay Parker, CNBP Research Fellow, supervised undergraduate student Tereza Lois-Palumbo and Masters student Ashish Shrestha during their 5 week summer scholarship program at Macquarie University. Tereza and Ashish researched gene changes in multiple cell lines after exposure to LPS inflammation. They learned skills in cell culture, sample staining, microscopy, data analysis and […]

Vicky Staikopoulos begins PhD at CNBP

9 February 2016: We’re happy to report that Vicky Staikopoulos has started her PhD study at the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics at the University of Adelaide. Vicky who has worked closely with CNBP researchers in recent years as an assistant researcher and laboratory manager, is looking into the role of NO (nitric oxide) and HNO (nitroxyl) in […]

New technique for fabricating micro-optical sensors

9 February 2016: Associate Investigator Dr Stephen Warren-Smith at the Institute of Photonic Technology (Jena, Germany) has just published work on a new fabrication technique for creating micro-optical sensors in CNBP optical fibres. Citation: S. C. Warren-Smith, R. M. André, C. Perrella, J. Dellith, H. Bartelt, “Direct core structuring of microstructured optical fibers using focused ion […]

CNBP researchers at ICONN 2016

7 February 2016: CNBP researchers Peipei Jia (pictured), Philipp Reineck, Ivan Maksymov, Sabrina Heng and Daniel Stubing all attended the International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICONN), in Canberra (7-11 February 2016). Peipei Jia, CNBP Research Fellow, presented an invited talk on the topic ‘Large-area Gold Nanomembrane by Template Transfer with a Soluble Polymer’. Philipp presented […]

CNBP researchers at National Proteomics Conference

7 February 2016: The 21st Annual Lorne Proteomics Symposium, organized by the Australasian Proteomics Society, was held February 4th – 7th 2016 in Lorne, Victoria and was attended by CNBP members of the Macquarie Node, Nicolle Packer, Christopher Ashwood and Abdulrahman Shathili. The symposium featured the latest developments in proteomics technologies and tools for the […]

IPAS best papers competition

29 January 2016: CNBP researchers featured prominently in the recent ‘Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) Best Papers’ competition. The awards, presented in January 2016,  aim to showcase the quality and impact of the research being conducted by IPAS members. Winners for the best ECR led Paper were Abel Santos, Agnieszka Zuber and CNBP Research […]

Counting cancer-busting oxygen molecules

28 January 2016: CNBP researchers have established that a therapeutic dose of X-rays, in combination with CeF3 nanoparticles, can produce enough singlet oxygen molecules to be effective in photodynamic therapy. The finding has been reported in the journal Scientific Reports, published online today. The complete research paper is available for download, from the Nature Publishing […]

Jeremy Thompson awarded Commercial Accelerator Grant

27 January 2016: Adelaide Research and Innovation has awarded A/Prof. Jeremy Thompson (CNBP Chief Investigator at the University of Adelaide) a Commercial Accelerator Grant of $38 000 for novel storage systems of cattle embryo production media. Thompson notes that, “The cattle in vitro embryo production industry is hamstrung in having a major impact in improving […]

Jeremy Thompson talk at IETS

24 January 2016: Jeremy Thompson, CNBP Chief Investigator, has given an invited talk at the 42nd International Embryo Transfer Society (IETS) Annual Conference, Louisville, USA, (January 23-26 2016). The title of his talk was “Measuring embryo metabolism to predict embryo quality.” http://www.iets.org/2016/

Hannah Brown at GYSS

22 January 2016: Hannah Brown, CNBP researcher, has attended the Global Young Scientists Summit@one-north (GYSS) in Singapore, 17-22 January, 2016. The Summitt, an international gathering of 300 young researchers from all over the world, is a forum where attendees meet for a week to be inspired by internationally eminent science and technology leaders via plenary sessions, […]

New CNBP student at Macquarie University

20 January 2016: CNBP welcomes its newest student Manoj Kale, who will be undertaking a two year Master of Research program at Macquarie University. Manoj will be supervised by CNBP Deputy Director Prof. Ewa Goldys as well as joining her research group – the title of his research thesis, “Fluorescence in Biomedicine.” Prior to enrolling at […]

Abell delivers keynote address at CCECP

19 January 2016: CNBP Chief Investigator Professor Andrew Abell has delivered a keynote address at the 4th Annual International Conference on Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Chemical Process (CCECP 2016). The conference took place in Singapore from 18th – 19th January 2016. http://www.chemistry-conf.org/  

Supporting Science Experience 2016

15 January 2016: CNBP researchers  Varun Sreenivasan and Denitza Denkova extended their outreach skills in support of the ConocoPhillips Science Experience program that took place at Macquarie University 13-15th January 2016. The national program, focused on  Year 9 and 10 students who have an interest in science, is rolled-out across universities and tertiary institutions across Australia. Students who attend […]

Cytokine detection based on immunosensing

8 January 2016: CNBP researchers Guozhen Liu, Mark Hutchinson and Ewa Goldys are all authors on a recent review paper examining the detection of cytokines  based on immunosensing. The paper was published in the journal Biosensors and Bioelectronics. Paper Title:  “Recent advances in cytokine detection by immunosensing.” Abstract: The detection of cytokines in body fluids, cells, tissues and organisms […]
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