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 […]

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 […]

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!

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 ( […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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, […]

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., […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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) […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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!  

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 […]

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 […]
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