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Mark Hutchinson: Silo Buster

20 August 2020: Re published with permission from The Brilliant For 20 years, Mark Hutchinson has been breaking down territorial boundaries. His career has thus become not just a case study in highly original research, but a simultaneous battle against intellectual bureaucracy. Right at the very outside of his scientific career he hit a wall that he […]

Tiny tech gets to the heart of disease

21 July 2017: Exploring the nooks and crannies of the body’s organs seems fodder for a sci-fi movie. Yet, an international team of researchers and engineers has made this a reality — and it’s set to change the way we see human diseases. A new study, published in the prestigious journal Light: Science & Applications, […]

$1.9 million for traumatic brain injury research

25 June 2020: A University of Adelaide study that will investigate the prediction of risk of long-term impairment and neurodegenerative disease development following traumatic brain injury has been awarded $1,987,160 from the Federal Government’s Medical Research Future Fund’s (MRFF). Once thought of as an acute event, it is now recognised that traumatic brain injury (TBI) […]

Your cells, now in 3D

18 June 2020: There’s been an explosion in the use of endoscopes in medical procedures over the past 30 years, from examining the liver and stomach (known as laparoscopy) to minimally invasive surgery. The use of these instruments is firmly established as an imaging technique that allows surgeons to ‘see’ inside the body, allowing them […]

People Conducting Research – Philipp Reineck

11 June 2020 – originally published by the Science Convergence Science Network By Catriona Nguyen-Robertson “Diamonds are forever”. This is not only true for the gemstones themselves, but also for the colouration and fluorescence that many diamonds display. Dr Philipp Reineck uses this rare property to engineering tiny diamond particles with unlimited fluorescence. Deemed one of nature’s most precious […]

Thwarting deadly heart blockages

5 June 2020: Cardiovascular disease – which kills one Australian every 12 minutes — is caused by a hardening of the arteries due to abnormal deposits of fat and cholesterol (known as plaque) in the inner lining of the artery; a process known as atherosclerosis. When plaque deposits rupture, this can cause heart attacks and […]

Reducing genetic screening risks in IVF pregnancies

13 May 2020: When a couple cannot conceive naturally, they often turn to in-vitro fertilisation. And that’s when the spectre of ‘aneuploidy’ arises — the risk that a fertilised embryo will have an abnormal number of chromosomes instead of the usual 46, triggering a range of congenital disorders, most of which result in miscarriage, stillbirth […]

In hot pursuit

29 April 2020: A host of diseases – like meningitis, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, Alzheimer’s disease, even some cancers – are ultimately caused by problems at the cellular level. Hence, understanding what is happening inside cells is essential. Observing cells under a microscope helps, but what medical researchers would really like to do is see processes […]

The unparalleled wonder of silk

22 April 2020 Dr Asma Khalid enjoys wearing silk dresses, and appreciates diamonds for their beauty —but she never expected both silk and diamonds to end up being the cornerstone of her work as a physicist. Yet they have opened up a whole new way to see deep in the body, sense infections on the […]

How this researcher is collaborating against pain

15 April 2020: Pain is one of the most complicated ailments to treat because the symptoms and severity are subjective and current medications are associated with a variety of problems including addiction and abuse. This makes it tough for doctors to accurately assess patient’s pain levels and prescribe the best pain management tool for the […]

Pain, but not as we know it

9 April 2020: There are three main types of pain: nociceptive pain, the type we’re most familiar with, from bee stings and ankle strains to inflammatory arthritis. There’s neuropathic pain, arising from damage to the peripheral nervous system or the brain itself due to disease or injury. Then there are functional pain disorders arising from […]

Eye and the scalpel

2 April 2020: Australia is the sunniest continent on Earth — which is why it also has the highest rates of skin cancer. But plentiful sunlight is also likely responsible for the lesser known ‘ocular surface cancer’, which occurs when abnormal cells on the eye grow and divide in an uncontrolled way. But eye tumours […]

Lessons learnt managing a remote research community

26 March 2019: By Prof Mark Hutchinson and Dr Kathy Nicholson As we move into week two of voluntary self-isolation, remote workplaces have become the new normal. Within the CNBP network, we find ourselves drawing on the past six years of managing a community of over 200 researchers who work and collaborate on our research […]

Lighting up the heart of photonics

11 March 2020: As one of the first members of the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics, Professor Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem’s work touches virtually every piece of research at the centre. She develops the optical glass fibres, along with their crucial coatings, that deliver information about the environment they are designed to measure. Optical fibres were invented for […]

Making babies

5 February 2020: In doubles tennis, teamwork is everything: knowing when to poach and when to fake, dividing the court effectively between partners, and knowing how to subtly communicate so that every serve placed benefits your partner. It’s a bit like science, said Hanna McLennan. The former junior singles champion discovered doubles was her strong […]

Disappearing trick

29 January 2020: Pain is a normal part of life, but persistent pain is oppressive to endure. “It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die,” said Roman emperor Julius Caesar, “than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.” Yet, many people live with persistent pain, defined as physical […]

Looking for the best in show

22 January 2020: For a couple unable to naturally conceive, in vitro fertilisation is often the only option – but it’s one that involves months, even years, of hope intertwined with disappointment. Contributing to the ‘hit and miss’ are the eggs taken from fallopian tubes of hopeful mothers or donors: healthy eggs are essential for healthy […]

Diamonds light up the brain

8 January 2020: From capturing images of cellular processes to sensing electromagnetic fields in extreme environments, researchers at the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics are harnessing the unique properties of diamonds for a wide variety of applications. Dr Philipp Reineck, associate investigator at CNBP and Research Fellow at RMIT University, is exploring how diamond fluorescence can […]

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 […]

Helping make brain surgery safer

19 December 2018: Researchers from CNBP and the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing, together with Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and University of Western Australia collaborators, have demonstrated  the potential of an ‘imaging needle’ for reducing the risk of dangerous brain bleeds in patients undergoing brain biopsy. In the journal Science Advances, the researchers describe how […]

Soft-glass imaging microstructured optical fiber

10 December 2018: A proof-of-concept fabrication of a soft-glass imaging microstructured optical fiber has been demonstrated by CNBP scientists in a new research paper published in the journal Optics Express. Lead author of the paper is Dr Stephen C. Warren-Smith, CNBP Associate Investigator at the University of Adelaide who notes that it is envisaged that […]

Optimising the creation of NV centres in diamond

24 November 2018: An improved method to convert nitrogen to nitrogen-vacancy (NV) color centers in diamond has been reported by CNBP researchers in a paper published in the journal Carbon. Lead author of the paper was CNBP student Marco Capelli (pictured). Journal: Carbon. Publication title: Increased nitrogen-vacancy centre creation yield in diamond through electron beam irradiation at […]

Modulation of the nano-environment

15 November 2018: A new CNBP research publication (lead author Dr Roman Kostecki, University of Adelaide) describes how molecular interactions can be modulated by defining the local nano-environment to give a specific chemical outcome. Journal: ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. Publication title: Control of Molecular Recognition via Modulation of the Nanoenvironment. Authors: Roman Kostecki, Sabrina Heng, Adrian M. […]

Optical fiber based immunosensor detects cytokines

13 November 2018: An immunosensor created on an optical fiber surface has been developed by CNBP researchers that has successfully detected cytokine proteins in a rat’s spinal cord. The result indicates that such fiber sensors can be used as an effective and sensitive tool for localised detection of cytokines in vivo, in a range of research […]

A spiropyran-based nanocarrier

10 November 2018: CNBP researchers have published a new science paper reporting on a new zinc responsive delivery system with real-time intracellular sensing capabilities. Lead author of the publication is Dr Sabrina Heng (pictured). Journal: Chemistry. Publication title: Spiropyran‐based Nanocarrier: A New Zn2+‐Responsive Delivery System with Real Time Intracellular Sensing Capabilities. Authors: Sabrina Heng, Xiaozhou Zhang, Jinxin Pei, Alaknanda […]

Best ECR presentation award

26 October 2018: CNBP’s Dr Nisha Schwarz, has won ‘Best ECR Presentation’ at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) Research Showcase event, held Friday 26th October. Nisha’s presentation was ‘Colchicine in CVD : An Ancient Therapeutic With Novel Applications. But How?’ During the talk she revealed some insights on its mechanisms specific to atherosclerosis. […]

'Ingenuity' promotes STEM study

23 October 2018: ‘Ingenuity’, a public facing event run by the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences (University of Adelaide) was recently held at the Adelaide Convention Centre and CNBP science was represented! The University event, showcasing final year student projects and achievements, was attended by thousands of school students, industry representatives and members […]

QST partner launch

15 October 2018: The ‘National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology (QST)’ has been announced as a partner organisation of the CNBP at an official launch event held in Japan, October 15th, 2018. The QST, a merger of the National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS) with operations that were previously undertaken by the […]

CNBP tech transfer on show at STA event

11 October 2018: CNBP science and it’s translation into exciting new commercial ventures  was on show at the ‘Science meets Business’ event held in Brisbane, October 11th, 2018. The event, coordinated by STA, brought national and international corporate leaders and entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and angel investors together with Australian research and commercialisation pioneers, to help […]

Strong microwave photon-magnon coupling in multiresonant dielectric antennas

9 October 2018: A new perspectives paper by CNBP researcher Dr Ivan Maksymov, RMIT University discusses dielectric resonant systems and demonstrates their ability to operate as multiresonant antennas for light, microwaves, magnons, sound, vibrations and heat. Journal: Journal of Applied Physics. Publication title: Perspective: Strong microwave photon-magnon coupling in multiresonant dielectric antennas. Author: Ivan S. Maksymov. Abstract: Achieving quantum-level […]

Publications masterclass gets top marks from attendees

9 October 2018: CNBP has held a successful ‘Publications Masterclass’ for its PhD students, providing participants with a hands-on experience in preparing manuscripts for academic peer reviewed journals. Hosted by Professor Andrew Greentree (RMIT) and Professor Tiffany Walsh at Deakin University, the two day masterclass (8-9th October) took 18 students through the publication writing process, provided tips […]

Nanoporous anodic alumina photonic crystals

4 October 2018: A new review paper by CNBP student Cheryl Suwen Law (University of Adelaide) & other CNBP coauthors provides a comprehensive and up-to-date collation of fundamental and applied developments of nanoporous anodic alumina photonic crystals as optical platforms for chemo- and biosensing applications. Journal: Nanomaterials. Publication title: Nanoporous Anodic Alumina Photonic Crystals for Optical […]

3D printing of OCT probes

4 October 2018: A new paper published in Scientific Reports demonstrates the feasibility of 3D printing of optical coherence tomography (OCT) fibre-optic probes. Lead author on the publication is CNBP’s Dr Jiawen Li (pictured). Journal: Scientific Reports. Publication title: Two-photon polymerisation 3D printed freeform micro-optics for optical coherence tomography fibre probes. Authors: Jiawen Li, Peter Fejes, Dirk Lorenser, […]

Medical applications of light and fibre optics

20 September 2018: A class of Year 11 Physics students from Loreto College, Marryatville, South Australia were visited by CNBP researcher Dr Jiawen Li, September 20th, 2018. During the outreach visit Dr Li spoke on the medical uses of fibre optics technology and answered questions from the class, helping shed light on the life of a […]

Amperometric sensing device to detect cytokines

10 September 2018: A new paper with CNBP co-authors Prof Mark Hutchinson, Prof Ewa Goldys and Dr Guozhen Liu demonstrates an amperometric sensing device based on graphene oxide (GO) and structure-switching aptamers for long-term detection of cytokines in a living organism. Journal: ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. Publication title: Graphene Oxide Based Recyclable in Vivo Device for Amperometric […]

Optical fibre innovation via trans-disciplinary approach!

10 September 2018: CNBP researchers have published a new  trans-disciplinary review that reports on the Centre’s development of advanced optical fibre probes for use in biomedical sensing and imaging. The paper examines CNBP innovation through convergence of multiple science disciplines to generate opportunities for the fibre probes to address key challenges in real-time in vivo […]

Lighting up AstroLight 2018

8 September, 2018: It was a fantastic evening of outreach by the CNBP-RMIT team at the annual AstroLight Festival, at Scienceworks in Melbourne, 8th September, 2018. A wide range of demonstrations, talks and hands-on activities from volunteers from Observatories, Universities and Research Centres brought science to life to over 600 members of the public at […]

Peptides as bio-inspired electronic materials

7 September 2018: A new paper with CNBP authors Jingxian Yu, John Horsley and Andrew Abell extends fundamental knowledge of charge transfer dynamics and kinetics in peptides and also open up new avenues to design and develop functional bio-inspired electronic devices, such as on/off switches and quantum interferometers, for practical applications in molecular electronics. Journal: Accounts […]

CNBP science to Concordia College

17 August 2018: CNBP continued its outreach interactions with Concordia College (Adelaide) with a team of Centre researchers taking their light-focused science to the school, all in support of National Science Week. Two separate outreach sessions were undertaken by the CNBP team at the college (each session presented to approximately 75 Year 9 and Year […]

New CNBP researcher at RMIT

16 August 2018: CNBP welcomes its newest recruit at RMIT University, Dr Amanda Abraham. She will work with A/Prof Brant Gibson, CNBP Deputy Director and his team, where she will utilise her expertise to explore the biological applications of fluorescent nanomaterials including nanodiamonds, as well as collaborate across the wider CNBP community. Amanda completed her PhD […]

Future Fellowship success for CNBP researchers

13 August 2018: In exciting grant funding news, ARC Future Fellowships were recently awarded to the following CNBP researchers: Prof Mark Hutchinson (CNBP Director, pictured) – University of Adelaide. Measuring pain in livestock: mechanisms, objective biomarkers and treatments. Dr Ivan Maksymov (CNBP Researcher Fellow) – RMIT University. Nonlinear optical effects with low-power non-laser light. Dr Steven […]

Open Day at the University of Adelaide

12 August 2018: The CNBP team at the University of Adelaide had their light-based science, advanced new tools and innovative startup companies on show at this year’s Open Day, Sunday 12 August, 2018. Members of the public and aspiring students had the opportunity to see ultra small 3D imaging needles from Miniprobes, the sensor from MEQ […]

CNBP shines at RMIT Open Day

12 August 2018: 250 members of the public including families and potential students visited CNBP laboratories at RMIT University, Sunday 12th August, 2018, as a part of the institution’s Open Day activity. Learning about the science of light, as well as sensing and imaging at the nanoscale, attendees were able to tour the biophotonics and […]

Vitamin D no defence against dementia

10 July 2018: New research from South Australian scientists has shown that vitamin D (also commonly known as the sunshine vitamin) is unlikely to protect individuals from multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease or other brain-related disorders. The findings, released today in the science journal ‘Nutritional Neuroscience’ reported that researchers had failed to find solid […]

Fresh Science with a nano-diamond twist

20 June 2018: Approximately 100 patrons at the Belgian Beer Cafe in Melbourne were treated to ten researchers showcasing their science as part of the ‘Fresh Science’ initiative (Victoria), June 20th, 2018. One of those ten researchers was CNBP student Marco Capelli from RMIT University who was a successful applicant to Fresh Science – a […]

New CNBP partnership announced

13 June 2018: The ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) is pleased to announce that the Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry (CIAC) is now a Partner Organisation of the CNBP with Dr Xiaohui Wang (pictured) leading the relationship from the CIAC side as a formal CNBP Partner Investigator. Collaboration activity to take place […]

Fluorescence microscopy gets the BAMM treatment!

7 June 2018: A novel technique developed by researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) will help shine new light on biological questions by improving the quality and quantity of information that can be extracted in fluorescence microscopy. The technique, ‘bleaching-assisted multichannel microscopy’ (BAMM) takes a current long-standing weakness of fluorescence […]

Seminar and lab visit at Zhejiang University

7 June 2018: CNBP’s Dr Jiawen Li has given a science talk at the College of Optical Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, China, 7th June, 2018. The talk’s title was ‘Miniaturized multimodal fibre-optic probes for biomedical applications’. While at the college, Dr Li also visited laboratories specialising in super resolution microscopy, holography and optical coherence tomograpy (OCT). She […]

Detecting glycosylated hemoglobin

7 June 2018: A new review paper from CNBP researchers (lead author PhD student Jagjit Kaur) outlines current research activities on developing assays including biosensors for the detection of  glycosylated hemoglobin  (HbA1c). Measurement of HbA1c is used for assessing long term glycemic control in individuals with diabetes. Journal: Biosensors and Bioelectronics. Publication title: Different strategies for detection […]

CNBP Alternate Science Careers workshop

4 June 2018: Although many students commence their doctoral studies with the aim of being a university academic, statistics show that the percentage who become professors is only around 0.5%. The RMIT node of the CNBP hosted an alternative careers workshop with five experts who shared their pathways from doctoral studies into the wider world. […]

New CNBP research node at Griffith University

29 May 2018: The ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) has announced today that Griffith University has become a collaborating partner and will host a CNBP research node at its Institute for Glycomics on the Southport, Gold Coast campus. As a research node and collaborating partner of the CNBP, Griffith University joins the […]

Commercialisation workshop outlines opportunities

17 May 2018: Thursday 17th May saw CNBP, The Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) and Adelaide Enterprise come together at the University of Adelaide to jointly host a well-attended Commercialisation Workshop. The event, with 45 participants comprising CNBP/IPAS researchers, students, Centre Associate Investigators and Chief Investigators looked to provide information, advice and discussion […]

Outreach at Adelaide High School

17 May 2018: Superstar of STEM and CNBP researcher Dr Sanam Mustafa has taken her outreach skills to Adelaide High School, speaking to approximately 300 Year 9 students (across two sessions) about her scientific activity, her career as a scientist and what it takes to succeed in a University environment. “My talk was extremely well […]

CNBP input into major exhibition

11 May 2018: The launch of a ground-breaking and unconventional permanent exhibition at Scienceworks titled ‘Beyond Perception: Seeing the Unseen’ had more than a touch of CNBP involvement with RMIT based researchers  A/Prof Brant Gibson and Dr Tony Orth involved in providing information, content and ideas to the exhibition over a 12-18 month planning and implementation period. […]

A novel, high sensitivity Sagnac-interferometer biosensor

30 April 2018: A new publication featuring CNBP co-authors (Dr Stephen Warren-Smith pictured left and Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem) reports on the design and implementation of a novel, high sensitivity Sagnac-interferometer biosensor based on an exposed core microstructured optical fiber (ECF). Journal: Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical. Publication title: High-sensitivity Sagnac-interferometer biosensor based on exposed core microstructured optical […]

Fellowship supports ongoing study into chronic pain

26 April 2018: The Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP), an Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence is pleased to announce that Logan Jenkins, a researcher at Vanderbilt University, USA, is the successful recipient of the CNBP-American Australian Association (AAA) Fellowship for 2018. The Fellowship, coordinated by the AAA and funded by the CNBP, provides US$30,000 […]

Sensing magnesium

17 April 2018: A new publication from CNBP researchers (lead author Georgina Sylvia pictured), presents the rational design and photophysical characterisation of spiropyran-based chemosensors for magnesium. Journal: Chemosensors. Publication title: A Rationally Designed, Spiropyran-Based Chemosensor for Magnesium. Authors: Georgina M. Sylvia, Adrian M. Mak, Sabrina Heng, Akash Bachhuka, Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, and Andrew D. Abell. Abstract: Magnesium ions (Mg2+) play an […]

Fibre-needle probe for imaging and sensing in deep tissue

6 April 2018: A world-first tiny fibre-optic probe that can simultaneously measure temperature and sense deep inside the body has been reported by CNBP/IPAS researchers. According to lead author of the research, Dr Jiawen Li at the University of Adelaide, the probe may help researchers find better treatments to prevent drug-induced overheating of the brain, and […]

Miniprobes innovation featured

20 March 2018: The CNBP spin-out company Miniprobes and its development of an inexpensive handheld scanner that can undertake microscopic analysis of surfaces has featured as a ‘success story’ as a part of the AUSInnovates campaign. The handheld imaging device is able to accurately measure the thickness of surface coatings applied to products – often less than a tenth of […]

New CNBP visiting researcher

12 March 2018: CNBP welcomes visiting researcher Ashley Grant to the University of Adelaide. Ashley graduated magna cum laude with the highest university honors from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, USA with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology. She will be based at the University of Adelaide for 12 months in […]

Aptasensors and cytokine detection

10 March 2018: A new review paper summarising recent advances in aptamer-based biosensors with a specific focus on cytokine sensing has been published in the journal ‘Trends in Analytical Chemistry’. The paper includes CNBP coauthors Fuyuan Zhang, Ewa M.Goldys and Guozhen Liu (pictured). Journal: Trends in Analytical Chemistry. Publication title: Advances in Structure-Switching Aptasensing Towards Real […]

Extending depth of field of MOF imaging probes

2 March 2018: A fully computational method for extending the depth of field of multicore optical fibers (MOF) imagers has been demonstrated by CNBP researchers in a new paper published in the journal ‘Optics Express’. The work shows that the depth of field can be more than doubled for certain spatial frequencies. Lead author on the publication is […]

New CNBP Outreach Chair announced

28 February 2018: CNBP welcomes Dr Melanie Bagg, Director of Communications and Outreach, Australian Academy of Science as the new Chair of its Education and Outreach Advisory Committee. The Committee provides guidance to the CNBP in marketing, public relations, communications and outreach with Melanie a PhD qualified medical research scientist and professional science communicator. In […]

Awards congratulations

28 February, 2018: Congratulations to the following CNBP students and researchers who were successful at the annual ‘Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) Awards’. Jiawen Li (Joint IPAS Best ECR Paper) Team: Patrick Capon, Malcolm Purdey, Benjamin Pullen and Andrew Abell (IPAS Best Transdisciplinary Paper) Kathryn Palasis (Tanya Monro Best Student Oral Presentation)  

Add-on clip turns smartphone into fully operational microscope

19 February 2018: Australian researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) have developed a 3D printable ‘clip-on’ that can turn any smartphone into a fully functional microscope. Reported in the research journal ‘Scientific Reports’, the smartphone microscope is powerful enough to visualise specimens as small as 1/200th of a millimetre, including […]

CNBP at 'Science meets Parliament'

15 February 2018: Four CNBP’ers attended ‘Science meets Parliament (SmP)’, a high profile political engagement STA event held in Canberra, 13-14th February, 2018. The event gives science, technology, engineering and mathematics professionals the chance to build a profile for their important work in the Parliamentary environment. This includes meeting privately with politicians to discuss areas […]

Detonation nanodiamonds to aid bioimaging

6 February 2018: Tiny 5 nm detonation nanodiamonds glow in different colors and their fluorescence is pH dependent, reports a new paper by CNBP scientists published today in the Nature journal Scientific Reports. Lead author of the paper Dr Philipp Reineck from RMIT University (Former CNBP Research Fellow and current CNBP Associate Investigator) notes that the […]
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