About Us

Message from the Executive Team

We are thrilled to be leading the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics, the CNBP. This truly transdisciplinary centre brings together leading Australian researchers with partners in Europe, the US and China and industry.

Our aim is to extend the boundaries of knowledge in nanoscale photonics and in the science of surfaces to drive new approaches to sensing at the nanoscale that will power new ways of understanding cellular processes within the human body. With 38 Million dollars committed to the CNBP over 7-years, we have the opportunity to take a deep breath and be visionary in our approach to scientific research.

We have no doubt that the research outcomes flowing from our talented research community over the next 7-years will be paradigm changing. Australia is home to many new innovations and technologies. We aim to add to that proud reputation – and to bring our fellow Australians on this journey, engaging them in science that will play an important part in building our economic future.

The CNBP will nurture our most precious resource, young Australian researchers, to gain a first rate scientific education and research experience, both in Australia's leading laboratories and those of our international and industry partners. We look forward to sharing our success with you over the next 7-years.


"The CNBP brings together the right mix of expertise across the disciplines to tackle a really exciting grand challenge – measuring cellular-scale processes in living systems. I am proud to have been able to gather this outstanding team together and lead the creation of an ambitious vision for the Centre. I look forward to continuing to participate in the CNBP's science and the translation of this science to outcomes.”

Prof Tanya Monro; Founding CNBP Director


The Centre of Excellence in Nanoscale BioPhotonics is a collaborative program with research focussed within nodes at the University of Adelaide, Macquarie University and RMIT University.

The CNBP links into the broader Australian community through a selected web of Associate Investigators (AIs) from Melbourne University, Monash, University of Technology Sydney, University of New South Wales and University of Western Australia.

The reach and capacity of the Centre will be enhanced by active links with Partner Organisations, providing Centre researchers with rich opportunities to work within leading international groups in areas that complement and extend the core capabilities in the Centre, both within Australia (CSIRO, SAHMRI) and overseas (Peking, Huazhong, Toronto, Southampton and City University London).

A strong governance structure  will enable us to marshal the enthusiasm and commitment of this team to the vision of the CNBP to pursue ambitious science goals.

The Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics links Australia's key nanophotonics groups and builds on Global Collaborations with a focus on doing the science required to advance biology.