2019 News

Happy holidays, and a 2019 recap – its been a big year

18 December 2019: 2019 has been another big year at the CNBP! As the year comes to its end a big shout out to our committed members who have helped us make 2019 great. This year the CNBP family has grown to 260 active members across 5 Nodes and 13 Partner Organisations. We have published […]

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 […]

CNBP chemist will use $20,000 grant for regional outreach

28 November 2019: Georgina Sylvia was trained as a chemist, but teaming up with biologists and physicists is all in a day’s work. At the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics, Dr Sylvia uses light to understand minuscule biological changes that can have a big impact on human health. “We’re able to use the […]

A world of pain

25 November 2019: Pain: we all experience it, but there’s no objective way to measure it. Sure, you can nominate what it feels like on the 10-point ‘pain scale’ used by doctors; but one man’s pain may be another woman’s discomfort. “It’s really subjective,” said Dr Sameera Iqbal, a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Centre for […]

CNBP 2019 conference awards

5 November 2019 Last week saw CNBP researchers come together from around the country for the annual conference in Adelaide. The week culminated in gala where researchers were recognised for their achievements through awards ranging from academic excellence to commercial impact, outreach and collaboration. Read about the awardees below, and congratulations to all our members […]

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 […]

Cell surface sensors could advance precision medicine

1 October 2019: Researchers have found a way to identify multiple cell signalling proteins using a single cell rather than the billions of cells used previously. The new measurement technology, developed by researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale Biophotonics, brings precision medicine a step closer. “Cells secrete various messenger molecules, such as […]

Science by the Sea 2019

23 September 2019: By Patrick Capon and Kathryn Palasis The current academic landscape demands ‘Publish or Perish’, but how do you make sure your publication stands out from the rest? Luckily for us, CNBP has identified this issue and developed a residential masterclass with a dual purpose of giving young researchers the opportunity to workshop […]

New sensors could lead to earlier lymphoma diagnosis

20 September 2019: CNBP researchers have developed a new method of detecting multiple cytokines – the body’s messenger proteins – in very small volume samples, which could lead to earlier diagnosis of diseases such as lymphoma. The work was published in a paper in the journal ACS Sensors. “It could open the door to non-invasive […]

“Hackathon” to build interdisciplinary teams

16 September: By Dr Andrew Care The 2019 BioNetwork “hackathon” Event was held last week at Macquarie University (MQ). The CNBP-sponsored event promoted interdisciplinarity between the different departments on campus in order to foster innovation and successful collaborations for early-career researchers. The event was modeled as a “hackathon”  in order to develop team building in […]

CNBP welcomes UNSW engineering to the fold

10 September 2019: CNBP has officially welcomed UNSW, one of the world’s leaders at translational engineering research, as its newest node. In addition to the official open by UNSW Engineering Dean Professor Mark Hoffman, CNPB Director Professor Mark Hutchinson took the opportunity to lay out the CNBP mission and its accomplishments at an industry showcase. […]

How Bollywood boost Australia’s brainpower

3 September 2019: In the 10 years since graduating with a degree in biotechnology from university in her home state of Odisha in India, Minakshi Das has covered a lot of ground – both physically and in her studies. First she did her masters in Biomedical Engineering at Gachon University in South Korea followed by […]

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 […]

Prestigious research award for emerging fertility leader

26 August 2019:  Dr Kylie Dunning is motivated by creating a world where fewer couples struggle with infertility, an often invisible and stigmatised health challenge facing more than 15% of Australian couples. With lived experience herself of the challenges of starting a family, Dr Dunning is paving the way for couples to experience better, and […]

Super-resolution method could bring nanoscale microscopy to every lab

Friday 16 August: CNBP researchers have unlocked the potential to transform microscopy at the nanoscale from a costly, complex option to an everyday laboratory tool, available in every lab. The technique, described in a paper by lead authors Dr Denitza Denkova and Dr Martin Ploschner, which has been dubbed upconversion super-linear excitation-emission – or uSEE […]

The secret cellular language of sugars

13 August 2019:  Associate Professor Daniel Kolarich is the CNBP’s chief investigator in the field of glycomics – the study of the glycome, the term for the sugars in our bodies. These sugars, or glycans, are attached to proteins and lipids that build the surface of cells and determine how they communicate. “The cell is […]

Science on show – what’s on in National Science Week

7 August 2019: The CNBP and its researchers are taking part in a wide range of activities for National Science Week. This Thursday 8 August researcher Dr Wei Deng from UNSW Sydney will explain how nanotechnogy is changing how we treat cancer, as part of Inspiring Australia’s Talking Science series. It will be held at […]

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, […]

CNBP research wins Young Scientist Award

18 July 2019: CNBP research fellow Dr Lindsay Parker, of Macquarie University, has won an award for the best research paper from an investigator under 40, at an international conference in Rome. Lindsay’s work is aimed at better understanding molecules ex-pressed in the brain during pain, brain diseases and brain cancer. This could lead to […]

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 […]

Australia wins ‘bronze’ at global neurophotonics summer school

10 July 2019: A mini-project to map the hearing capability of zebrafish won Adelaide-based PhD student Mengke Han third prize at global neurophotonics summer school that brought some the world’s brightest minds together in Quebec, Canada in June. Mengke represented Australia at the Frontiers in Neurophotonics Summer School, where researchers and students spent 10 days […]

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 […]

Shedding light on golden staph

3 July 2019: A groundbreaking new technique will slash the time it takes to detect potentially lethal golden staph infection from two days to just two hours. Researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) targeted the bacterium with a luminescent DNA probe. “This allows us to find the “needle in the […]

Nanodiamonds are a wound’s best friend

2 July 2019, By Amanda Abraham. Band-aids and bandages are remarkable. A simple invention allows us to cover, treat and protect injuries until they have time to heal. But they come with a big drawback – the only way we can check how well the wound is healing, is by removing them. This means that […]

New probe to detect hydrogen peroxide

10 June 2019: A team of CNBP researchers have published a new paper discussing the design and application of a micro fabricated needle-like probe to measure hydrogen peroxide.  This new microfluidic tool has applications for monitoring dynamic chemical reactions in analytical chemistry and biological systems. Journal: RSC Advances Publication Title: Microfabricated needle for hydrogen peroxide […]

Research award for Ms Megan Lim

5 June 2019:  Congratulations to PhD Student Ms Megan Lim who was awarded the Robinson’s Research Institute Prize for Best presentation in the field of reproduction, pregnancy or child health at The Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) conference. Megan’s oral presentation was titled “Investigation of haemoglobin as an antioxidant to reduce reactive oxygen species during […]

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 […]

Cancer research to the public

20 May 2019: CNBP AI at Macquarie University and Early Career Fellow at the Cancer Institute NSW, Dr Andrew Care, has presented his research to a packed house at a ‘Pint of Science’ public outreach and engagement event, 20th May 2019. Held at the Nags Head Hotel, Glebe, Sydney, Dr Care talked about the latest […]

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’ […]

Collaborative research visit to Peking University

April 2019 CNBP PhD Student Ms Yuan Qi Yeoh enjoyed a two week collaborative visit with Prof Xuefeng Guo’s team at Peking University. Working with Peking University PhD student Xinjiani Chen on a  research project involving the molecular dynamics of the secondary structure of a cyclic photoswitchable peptide. Yuan Qi had the opportunity to participate […]

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 […]

Binding mechanisms of solid-binding peptides

5 April 2019: A new review article by CNBP PhD student Rachit Bansal and CNBP Associate Investigators (Anwar Sunna, Andrew Care and Tiffany Walsh) reports on experimental tools to study the binding mechanism of synthetic peptides to solid materials. The review provides insights into the role of these peptides as molecular building blocks for nanobiotechnology. […]

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 […]

Henan University visit

2 April 2019: CNBP Chief Investigators at Macquarie University, Prof Jim Piper and Prof Nicole Packer, as well as CNBP Associate Investigator Dr Bingyang Shi have met with delegates from Henan University led by Prof. Yang Zhonghua, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Henan University Vice President. Henan University, founded in 1912, is located in Kaifeng, China and […]

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 […]

Visualizing neuroinflammation

21 March 2019: A new time-gated microscopy approach has been reported by CNBP researchers that will help neurobiologists better visualize neurokine signaling (and other) molecules in cells or tissue samples. Lead author of the publication is CNBP researcher Dr Lindsay Parker, Macquarie University. Journal: Journal of Neuroinflammation. Publication title:  Visualizing neuroinflammation with fluorescence and luminescent lanthanide-based in […]

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, […]

New CNBP researcher at Macquarie University

25 January 2019: CNBP is happy to announce its newest Research Fellow based at Macquarie University, Dr Simone De Camillis. Simone will be working with CNBP Chief Investigator Prof. Jim Piper and his team to further explore the UCNP super-resolution technology for advanced biological applications, as well as collaborate across the wider CNBP community. Simone […]

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 […]

Light-based imaging in the body

22 January 2019: Senior  indigenous students were given an insight into life as an academic researcher, as well as provided with an overview of light-based imaging in the body, following an outreach presentation undertaken by CNBP’s Dr Annemarie Nadort at Macquarie University. Dr Nadort’s presentation (the challenge of exploring blood as it circulates through the body) and hands-on […]

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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