2019 News

Building connections beyond the lab

12 December 2019 Few materials shine light like diamond, and researchers are beginning to harness this property to explore the brain in minute detail. At the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics, Marco Capelli uses these tiny crystals to measure magnetic fields surrounding neurons with the goal of having them side-by-side, leading to fresh insights on cell […]

Passing muster: grading beef quality with light

2 December 2019: How do you measure the tenderness, juiciness and flavour of beef without eating it? It’s a challenge faced by everyone from meat inspectors at abattoirs to consumers looking through a butcher’s window. And they’re all subjective – until now. A team led by Prof Ewa Goldys from the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics […]

How light could provide a heart attack detection system

31 October 2019 Dr Christina Bursill is the Centre for Nanoscale Biophotonics’ chief investigator in vascular health. She leads a research group looking at the underlying mechanisms for heart disease and a way to use photonics to detect it early on. “The heart disease we look at specifically is atherosclerosis, which is the build-up of […]

Family fund keeps quantum researcher’s family together

29 August 2019: CNBP researcher Dr James Quach is working on a quantum battery which, if he can demonstrate it works as the theory suggests, could revolutionise how fast we can charge electronic devices.But the work involves collaborations around the world, and with that lots of time-consuming travel, something that has become unappealing if it […]

Nanoparticle discovery another step towards personalised medicine

1 August 2019: A team led by the CNBP’s Dr Guozhen Liu has developed intelligent biodegradable polymer nanoparticles, which can help monitor a cell-signalling protein, or cytokine, widely expressed in cancer cells. The technique can help with earlier diagnostics and even treatment and represents another step towards personalised nanomedicine. The research integrates a specific fluorogen […]

5 ways nanoscale biophotonics could help your family

30 July 2019: Biophotonics is a technique with so many applications it’s hard to know where to start. While you probably have never heard of most of them, the technology is transforming the way we study human health. Improving pregnancy success rates A lot of what we know about fertilisation and embryo development has come […]

Shedding light on nanoparticles for better bio-imaging

25 July 2019: CNBP researcher Dr Nafisa Zohora has been awarded her PhD in applied physics by Melbourne’s RMIT University. Her research project looked at materials that could be used as an alternative to available fluorophores – the fluorescent chemical compounds used in a variety of biological research projects. The discoveries of the project solves […]

Finding a way to shutdown rogue cell replication

24 July 2019: Almost all cells replace themselves by replicating, but when there are errors in DNA-replication, it can lead to diseases including many cancers. DNA-replication is complex and involves a host of protein machinery. One of the most important is the protein PCNA, which helps orchestrate the process. Adelaide University postgraduate student Aimee Horsfall, […]

Diamonds improve orthopaedic implants

17 July 2019: 3D printing of titanium has made patient-specific orthopaedic implants possible, promising to dramatically improve many people’s quality of life. But, despite the huge potential, there are still significant problems to overcome, particularly in how the implants integrate with human tissue and bone. Associate Professor Kate Fox from RMIT University in Melbourne, an […]

What is Nanoscale Biophotonics?

15 July 2019: Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics have an early hurdle to jump when trying to explain their research to friends, family and the general public. What on earth is nanoscale biophotonics? While nothing about the field could exactly be called “simple”, it does become easier to understand when […]

Through the looking glass

8 July 2019: The paper, Stereochemistry and innate immune recognition, opens the door to potential future treatments for sepsis, chronic pain and other conditions that cause inflammation. The paper’s origins can be traced back nearly 15 years to when CNBP Director Mark Hutchinson began work on a project as a post-doc in the US with […]

What is the potential for CRISPT/Cas Multiplex Biosensing?

29 May 2019: Recent publication by CNBP PhD student Mr Yi Li and team at the University of New South Wales explores the challenges and opportunities of working with CRISPR /Cas for multiplex detection Journal: Trends in Biotechnology Publication Title: CRISPR/Cas Multiplexed Biosensing: A Challenge or an Insurmountable Obstacle? Authors: Yi Li, Linyang Liu, Guozhen Liu Abstract:  Performing multiplex detection […]

Pop-up science

25 May 2019: CNBP researchers Dr Georgina Sylvia and Dr Erin Smith (in conjunction with Children’s University Adelaide) have taken their love of science to the public, demonstrating fun-filled experiments to budding young scientists at a ‘pop-up’ event titled ‘The Magic and Wonder of Science’. The event took place as part of the biennial ‘Dream Big Children’s Festival’, held […]

Hemoglobin and its role in the oocyte and early embryo

6 May 2019: Hemoglobin expression in reproductive cells and the role of hemoglobin on oocyte and early embryo development is the focus of this latest CNBP review paper published in the journal ‘Biology of Reproduction’ (lead author Megan Lim based at the University of Adelaide). Journal: Biology of Reproduction. Publication title: Hemoglobin: potential roles in the oocyte […]

New cytokine sensing device developed

1 May 2019: A molecular imprinted polymer biosensing device (developed on stainless steel) that can successfully detect cytokines has been reported by CNBP researchers. Cytokines are proteins secreted by cells that stimulate surrounding cells into specific action and are important to an organism’s immune responses. The finding was reported in the journal ‘Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical’ […]

Towards a deployable device for cytokine sensing

29 April 2019: A new research publication (lead author CNBP PhD student Fuyuan Zhang) reports on real-time sensing and detection of cytokines using a 3D optical fibre. Journal: Molecular Systems Design & Engineering. Publication title: IFN-γ-induced signal-on fluorescence aptasensors: from hybridization chain reaction amplification to 3D optical fiber sensing interface towards a deployable device for cytokine […]

In-body fibre optic imaging to go 3D

26 April 2019: An advanced new method has been developed by CNBP researchers that may open the door to 3D microscopy in hard-to-reach areas of the human body. It sees the successful miniaturization of a 3D imaging technique called ‘light field imaging’, taken to extreme new levels, making in-body application possible. It could find significant […]

New method to functionalise glass fibers

17 April 2019: One of the biggest challenges associated with exposed core glass optical fiber-based sensing is the availability of techniques that can be used to generate reproducible, homogeneous and stable surface coating. CNBP scientists report a one step, solvent free method for surface functionalization of exposed core glass optical fiber that allows for the […]

Non-invasive assessment of islet cells

2 April 2019: Professor Ewa Goldys, CNBP Deputy Director, UNSW Sydney,  in partnership with Associate Professor Shane Grey from the Garvan Institute have received an international grant from JDRC  for “Noninvasive assessment of islet cells”. This project will develop a non-invasive method for real-time monitoring of encapsulated beta cells in vitro and in vivo.  This […]

Liquid-metal nanoparticles focus UV light

29 March 2019: Liquid-metal nanoparticles can focus ultraviolet light at the nanoscale. Read more in a publication reporting on the UV plasmonic properties of colloidal gallium-indium particles (lead author CNBP Associate Investigator Dr Philipp Reineck, RMIT University). Journal: Scientific Reports. Publication title: UV plasmonic properties of colloidal liquid-metal eutectic gallium-indium alloy nanoparticles. Authors: Philipp Reineck, Yiliang Lin, Brant […]

Automated detection of eye surface cancer

20 March 2019: A new automated non-invasive technique for diagnosing eye surface cancer (ocular surface squamous neoplasia or OSSN) has been developed by CNBP researchers and collaborators. The technique has the potential to reduce the need for biopsies, prevent therapy delays and make treatment far more effective for patients. Reported in a clinical journal ‘The Ocular Surface’, […]

Osteoarthritis assessment to go hi-tech

13 March 2019: CNBP scientists have reported an advanced new imaging technique that allows the condition of joint cartilage to be examined—right down to a molecular level. The technique has potential for diagnostics and treatment-planning of cartilage disease and impairment, including for osteoarthritis. “Damage and degradation of cartilage around joints leads to severe pain and loss […]

Research grant to tackle Parkinson's Disease

22 February 2019: CNBP Associate Investigators Dr Lyndsey Collins-Praino (University of Adelaide) and Dr Andrew Care (Macquarie University) together with CNBP Director Prof. Mark Hutchinson have been awarded a highly competitive Research Grant by the NeuroSurgical Research Foundation. The funds will help the team to work on pioneering a novel nanotechnology that will look to prevent […]

ECR Award goes to Dr Philipp Reineck

14 February 2019: Congratulations to CNBP Associate Investigator Dr Philipp Reineck (RMIT VC Research Fellow), who has been awarded an RMIT University School of Science ‘Early Career Researcher Award’ for his outstanding research outputs and achievements in 2018. Recognized was Philipp’s publication output. This included ten papers (with three  officially published in 2019). Also his […]

Ruthenium-based sensor detects nitric oxide

8 February 2019: In a new publication, a responsive Ruthenium-based luminescence sensor was employed as a molecular probe for detecting nitric oxide (NO). The research suggests potential clinical utility for the measurement of soluble NO in the circulation system and possibly tissue. Lead authors of this paper are CNBP’s Dr Achini Vidanapathirana and Benjamin Pullen (both […]

Gold nanomembranes with nanoholes

1 February 2019: In a break-through in the field of nano membrane related research, CNBP alumni scientist Dr Peipei Jia and colleagues report on the development of large-area freestanding gold nanomembranes with nanohole arrays fabricated using a replication-releasing procedure. More information available below! Journal: Materials Horizons. Publication title:  Large-area Freestanding Gold Nanomembranes with Nanoholes. Authors: Peipei Jia, Kamil Zuber, […]

Fraunhofer IAF visit

29 January 2019: CNBP PhD student, Marco Capelli (RMIT) has recently undertaken a three month residency at the Fraunhofer IAF (Institute for Applied Solid State Physics) in Freiburg, Germany.  He reports on his work and collaborative activity there, focused on furthering the measurement of magnetic fields with diamond crystals. During the months from October to December […]

Not all fluorescent nanodiamonds are created equal

28 January 2019: Hundreds of individual tiny fluorescent diamond particles have been imaged and characterized by CNBP researchers, reported in the journal ‘Particle & Particle Systems Characterization’. Fluorescent nanodiamonds (FNDs) are vital to many emerging nanotechnological applications, from bioimaging and sensing to quantum nanophotonics. The study identifies opportunities to improve the properties of single fluorescent […]

Tailoring third-harmonic generation

25 January 2019: CNBP Associate Investigator Dr Stephen C. Warren-Smith is lead author on a new publication that has demonstrated multi-wavelength third-harmonic generation from an exposed-core microstructured optical fibre. Journal: Optics Letters. Publication title: Tunable multi-wavelength third-harmonic generation using exposed-core microstructured optical fiber. Authors: Stephen C. Warren-Smith, Kay Schaarschmidt, Mario Chemnitz, Erik P. Schartner, Henrik Schneidewind, Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, […]

CNBP presents at IETS Conference

23 January 2019: Prof Brant Gibson and Prof Jeremy Thompson (both CNBP Chief Investigators) have attended (and presented) at the  International Embryo Technology Society (IETS) conference held in New Orleans, January 20– 23, 2019. A lunch presentation session sponsored by CNBP, provided both representatives with the opportunity to talk about CNBP as well as to provide information […]

New researcher joins Adelaide team

22 January 2019: CNBP welcomes its newest research recruit to Adelaide University, Dr Erin Smith. Dr Smith will be working with CNBP Chief Investigator Prof. Andrew Abell and his group to explore the synthesis of photoswitchable inhibitors. Previously, Dr Smith completed a PhD in synthetic chemistry at Curtin University in collaboration with Epichem. She was investigating […]

New aptamer sensor developed for detection of AFM1

16 January 2019: A new aptamer sensor has been developed for the sensitive detection of AFM1 toxin in milk products. Lead author of the paper published in the journal ‘Nanomaterials’ is CNBP PhD candidate Fuyuan Zhang (pictured). Journal: Nanomaterials. Publication title:  Turn-On Fluorescence Aptasensor on Magnetic Nanobeads for Aflatoxin M1 Detection Based on an Exonuclease […]

Cutting-edge biosensing applications of CRISPR reviewed

14 January 2019: A new paper by CNBP researchers and colleagues (including CNBP Associate Investigator Guozhen Liu, UNSW Sydney) reviews cutting-edge biosensing applications of CRISPR. Journal: Trends in Biotechnology. Publication title:  CRISPR/Cas Systems towards Next-Generation Biosensing. Authors: Yi Li, Shiyuan Li, Jin Wang and Guozhen Liu. Abstract: Beyond its remarkable genome editing ability, the CRISPR/Cas9 effector […]
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