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New nanoparticle discovery to aid super-resolution imaging

23 February 2017: Our researchers and collaborators have made a breakthrough in the development of practical super-resolution optical microscopy that will pave the way for the detailed study of live cells and organisms, on a scale 10 times smaller than can currently be achieved  with conventional microscopy. Reported in Nature, it was demonstrated that bright luminescent nanoparticles can […]

OCT probe talks

12 February 2017: Dr Jiawen Li, CNBP researcher, has given a number of invited talks, on her ongoing work with optical coherence tomography (OCT) and fiber-optic needle probes. Her talks were focused on addressing the penetration-depth limitation of optical imaging through the development of miniaturised fibre-optic probes that may be inserted deep into the body. Representative technologies […]

Hyperspectral unmixing methodology validated

10 February 2017: A new publication from CNBP researchers Aziz Ul Rehman (pictured), Ayad Anwer, Martin Gosnell, Saabah Mahbub, Guozhen Liu and Ewa Goldys demonstrates the validation of an innovative hyperspectral unmixing methodology, that can derive chemical information from cell colour. The work has just been reported in the journal ‘Biomedical Optics Express’ and is accessible online. […]

Gold-loaded liposomes with photosensitizers for PDT

2 February 2017: A new publication from CNBP researchers Wei Deng (pictured), Sandhya Clement and Ewa Goldys indicates that gold-loaded liposomes incorporating photosensitizers may serve as improved agents in photodynamic therapy and chemotherapy. The work has just been reported in the International Journal of Nanomedicine and is accessible online. Journal: International Journal of Nanomedicine. Title: […]

Research findings and the media

31 January 2017: “Now, more than ever, in a world filled with ‘fake news’, it’s up to researchers to work hard to have accurate messages publicised,” says CNBP researcher Dr Hannah Brown in an article published  in The Conversation. Read more on how scientists and the media can work together to effectively bring science to the public.  

New Masters student

31 January 2017: We welcome new Masters student Weikun Huang (pictured left) to the CNBP team at the University of Adelaide. Weikun’s project aims to design and construct multiplexing microstructured optical fibre to quantify the concentration of metal ions (K+, Ca2+) and glucose. This paving the way for the monitoring of dynamic changes in extracellular […]

Grant success

30 January 2017: CNBP researchers at Macquarie University – Research Fellow Lindsay Parker (pictured left) and A/Prof Andrei Zvyagin have been successful as Chief Investigators on a $100,000 Macquarie University Research Infrastructure Block Grant. The grant will support a research assistant (Anna Guller, CNBP PhD candidate) to help build capacity in and use Macquarie University’s […]

New ‘smart needle’ to make brain surgery safer

20 January 2017: A new high-tech medical device to make brain surgery safer has been developed by researchers at the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics located at the University of Adelaide. Led by CNBP Investigator Professor Robert McLaughlin (pictured), the tiny imaging probe, encased within a brain biopsy needle, lets surgeons ‘see’ at-risk blood vessels as they insert […]

Science ‘Experience Day’ at RMIT

18 January 2017: Researchers at CNBP’s RMIT University node were busy doing light-based demonstrations on Wednesday Jan 18th, as part of the ‘RMIT University Experience Day’ program, whereby students from years 10, 11 and 12 get to engage in hands-on workshops and explore life on campus while experiencing the differing aspects of University discipline areas. […]

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 […]
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