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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 […]

Centre outreach encourages a career in science

18 April 2018: Two fantastic sessions of outreach in two days by CNBP Associate Investigator Dr Annemarie Nadort saw 100 Year 11 and Year 12 students learn about biophotonics, blood cells and the skills required to create medical devices that benefit society. The sessions took place at Macquarie University and were part of a highly successful initiative […]

Advanced sensor to unlock the secrets of the brain

17 April 2018: CNBP researchers have announced the development of a state-of-the-art sensor that can for the first time detect signalling molecules, called cytokines, which operate in the living brain. Cytokines in the brain are secreted by glia cells that make up nearly 90% of all brain cells. Cytokines play a central role in controlling […]

Successful BioNetwork 2018 symposium

13 April 2018: The BioNetwork 2018 symposium titled ‘Killing it in Science’ was held Friday, 13th April at Macquarie University with significant CNBP involvement at the event. The aim of the symposium was to foster interactions across the Macquarie University biosciences researcher community encompassing the Science & Engineering and Medicine & Health Sciences Faculties. A unique […]

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 […]

Understanding the role that sugars play

30 March 2018: CNBP scientists Chris Ashwood (pictured) and Prof Nicki Packer at Macquarie University have shown that sugars with exactly the same chemical composition but slightly different structure break apart differently in their latest publication in the area of mass spectrometry. This work is their first step in automating sugar analysis, to understand the role […]

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 […]

Detecting hydrogen peroxide

19 March 2018: A nanosensor that can detect hydrogen peroxide has been developed by CNBP/IPAS researchers by combining fluorescent nanodiamonds with organic fluorescent probes. Importantly, cellular imbalance of hydrogen peroxide has been connected to aging and various severe diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular disorders, and Alzheimer’s. The work is featured in the latest edition of MRS […]

CINSW Fellowship awarded

16 March 2018: It has been formally announced that Dr Andrew Care, former CNBP Research Fellow and now Centre Associate Investigator, has been awarded a 2018 Early Career Fellowship from the Cancer Institute New South Wales (CINSW) to fund the research project, ‘Biological nanoparticles for the targeted delivery and light-triggered release of drugs’. This project […]

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 […]

Goldys on ‘Key Thinkers’ panel

8 February 2018: The ability to develop a holistic and interdisciplinary vision was raised as a key attribute and skill by CNBP Deputy Director Prof Ewa Goldys at today’s ‘Key Thinkers – Key Concepts – Scholarly Gaze’ panel discussion, coordinated by the Faculty of Human Sciences, based at Macquarie University. The event, consisting of prominent […]

Understanding pain – Fibromyalgia

8 February 2018: Professor Mark Hutchinson, the Director of the Centre for Nanoscale Biophotonics, in the School of Medicine, at the University of Adelaide talked with Sonya Feldhoff, ABC Adelaide about fibromyalgia and what can be done to treat it. The interview can be heard in its entirety on the ABC radio website.

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 […]

Poster award at National Conference

2 February 2018: Macquarie University and CNBP PhD student, Christopher Ashwood, has won a poster prize at the 23rd Annual Lorne Proteomics Symposium. His poster was about improving reproducibility in the field of glycomics, the study of protein glycosylation. Over 280 researchers attended the meeting.

Sameera Iqbal awarded poster prize

2 February 2018: Sameera Iqbal, CNBP PhD student at Macquarie University has been awarded a certificate and cash prize for her poster presentation at the Australasian Glycoscience Symposium at the Lorne Proteomics Conference, 2 Feb, 2018. Her poster detailed the following work – ‘PolySialic Acid (PolySia) is an α2-8-linked sialic acid chain present on cell surfaces […]

Diabetes and early pregnancy

1 February 2018: CNBP and Robinson Research Institute researcher Dr Hannah Brown, University of Adelaide is lead author on a newly published paper that looks to understand why pregnancy failure and pregnancy loss occurs in women with diabetes. The paper was published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports. Publication title: Periconception onset diabetes is associated with embryopathy […]

Biological hydrogen peroxide detection

31 January 2018: Two important sensing architectures for detecting hydrogen peroxide, aryl boronates and benzils, have been compared by CNBP researchers, using novel boron-dipyrromethene (BODIPY) fluorescent probes. Lead author of the publication was Dr Malcolm Purdey (pictured). Publication title: Biological hydrogen peroxide detection with aryl boronate and benzil BODIPY-based fluorescent probes. Journal: Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical. Authors: Malcolm […]

New Centre postdoc at Adelaide

31 January 2018: CNBP welcomes its newest researcher to the team, Dr Thomas Avery who is based at the University of Adelaide. Thomas was awarded a PhD in chemistry by The University of Adelaide in 2002 and completed post-doctoral positions at The University of Oxford (England) with Dr David Hodgson and The University of Adelaide […]

Prof Ewa Goldys recognised as SPIE Fellow

30 January 2018: Today Professor Ewa Goldys, Professor at the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering at UNSW and Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP), was recognised as a Fellow of SPIE. Fellows are SPIE Members of distinction who have made significant scientific and technical contributions in the multidisciplinary fields […]

Magnetically sensitive optical fibre demonstrated

19 January 2018: A new paper featuring CNBP researchers demonstrates magnetically sensitive nanodiamond-doped tellurite glass fibres. This work is a first step towards magneto-sensitive fibre devices which could be used in medical magneto-endoscopy and remote mineral exploration sensing. First author of the paper is CNBP AI, Dr Yinlan Ruan from the University of Adelaide. Journal: Scientific […]

New CNBP student at Macquarie

11 January 2018: CNBP is happy to announce its newest student – Mina Ghanimi Fard. Mina is undertaking a Master of Research in Molecular Sciences at Macquarie University and is based in the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences. Supervised by CNBP’s Dr Lindsay Parker, her project title is ‘Targeting Sugar Receptors with Bio-conjugated Nanodiamonds in a 3D […]

New aptasensor able to detect intracellular IFN-γ

8 January 2018: A new research paper, resulting from a partnership between CNBP and Jilin University has been published, reporting on the development of a new aptasensor which is able to detect ultrasmall concentrations of intracellular IFN-γ. This simple and highly sensitive sensor is able to be used for real-time bio-imaging, providing  a universal sensing […]

Multi-LED light source for hyperspectral imaging

15 December 2017: A multi-LED light source has been investigated by CNBP researchers for use in hyperspectral imaging. The research featured in the journal ‘Optics Express’  with the lead author on the paper, PhD student Kashif Islam, based at Macquarie University. Journal: Optics Express. Publication title: Multi-LED light source for hyperspectral imaging. Author: Kashif Islam, Martin Ploschner, […]

Nanoscale biophotonics for the ‘other’ brain

12 December 2017: CNBP Director Prof Mark Hutchinson, The University of Adelaide has published a new review and commentary on the future of sensor development in the exciting new world of neuroimmunoscience! Journal: Microelectronic Engineering. Publication title: The importance of knowing you are sick: Nanoscale biophotonics for the ‘other’ brain. Author: Mark R. Hutchinson. Abstract: A great new frontier […]

Science meets art

11 December 2017: Science met art as researchers from CNBP and the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) visited the ‘Quantum Colour: Capturing The Movement Of Light’ exhibition at Adelaide’s JamFactory and got a back-stage tour with artist and Creative Director of JamFactory Glass Studio, Karen Cunningham. The exhibition, melding science with traditional glass blowing […]

ARC CEO visits CNBP laboratories

10 December 2017: Professor Sue Thomas, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Australian Research Council (ARC) has visited CNBP laboratories at the University of Adelaide and gained  first-hand experience of the exciting biophotonics science taking place there. Shown around a number of laboratory spaces by CNBP Director Prof Mark Hutchinson, Prof Thomas spent time examining […]

Annual CNBP conference jam-packed!

4 December 2017: The CNBP research community (Chief investigators, Associate Investigators, researchers, students and members of the International Science Committee) came together for the Fourth Annual CNBP Conference, Tue 28th November to Fri 1st December 2017, in what was a jam-packed schedule of science. Activities at the Conference included ‘quick speed’ data blitz presentations; key […]

Copper oxide nanocubes good for bioimaging

4 December 2017: New CNBP research determines that copper oxide nanocubes are suitable for long-term bioimaging experiments. Lead author on the paper – CNBP PhD student Zafisa Zohora (RMIT University). Journal: Scientific Reports. Publication title: Fluorescence brightness and photostability of individual copper (I) oxide nanocubes. Authors: Nafisa Zohora, Ahmad Esmaielzadeh Kandjani, Antony Orth, Hannah M. Brown, Mark R. […]

New hybrid sensor developed

21 November 2017: A new hybrid sensor combining an organic fluorescent probe bound to a nanodiamond has been developed by CNBP researchers (lead author Dr Malcolm Purdey pictured). Able to detect hydrogen peroxide, the sensor is non-toxic and is also highly photostable. Journal: Scientific Reports. Publication title: An organic fluorophore-nanodiamond hybrid sensor for photostable imaging […]

New unmixing method to detect and measure fluorophores

17 November 2017: A new CNBP paper “Statistically strong label-free quantitative identification of native fluorophores in a biological sample,” by Saabah B. Mahbub (first author pictured), Martin Plöschner, Martin E. Gosnell, Ayad G. Anwer and Ewa M. Goldys has just been published in Scientific Reports and is available online. This work addresses a genuine shortage […]

Microfluidic droplet extraction

16 November 2017: CNBP and Macquarie University PhD candidate Shilun Feng is first author on a new paper exploring a ‘membrane-on-a-chip’ device. The technology has the potential to form an integral part of a new type of microneedle that would be able to transport tiny and precise amounts of fluid/medication within the body. Journal: Micromachines. Publication […]

New CNBP PhD student

15 November 2017: CNBP welcomes its latest PhD student Jagjit Kaur who will study under the supervision of CNBP researcher Dr Guozhen Liu at Macquarie University. Jagjit has recently joined Macquarie University from India to pursue her research which will be focused on the development of nanoelectrodes for single cell analysis. The main aim of her […]

DECRA awarded to Centre Research Fellow

13 November 2017: Congratulations to Dr Lindsay Parker, CNBP Research Fellow at Macquarie University who has just been granted a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) from the Australian Research Council (ARC). The award will support the following research activity: “Intelligently linking nanoscience to neuroscience with glycan biology. This project aims to provide a comprehensive description […]

CNBP researchers on Scope TV

11 November 2017: Fantastic TV talents (and CNBP researchers) Prof Brant Gibson and Dr Philipp Reineck from RMIT University featured on SCOPE TV for kids, 11th November 2017. Check them out as they discuss the use of diamond nanoparticles in biophotonics to help shed light on cells and the living body!

A spiropyran with enhanced fluorescence

10 November 2017: A new rationally designed, photostable, red-emitting calcium sensor with enhanced fluorescence intensity has been presented by CNBP researchers in a paper published in the journal ‘Tetrahedron’. Lead author on the paper is CNBP’s Georgina Sylvia (pictured – University of Adelaide). Journal: Tetrahedron. Publication title: A spiropyran with enhanced fluorescence: A bright, photostable and red-emitting calcium sensor. Authors: Georgina […]

CNBP at ‘Science meets Business’

9 November 2017: As silver sponsor at the annual STA ‘Science meets Business’ event held in Sydney, November 9th 2017, CNBP was extremely well represented, supporting a push to improve engagement and collaboration between the research sector and Australian industry. In addition to having numerous Centre scientists in attendance – those with a strong interest […]

Outreach at Fresh Science

8 November 2017: The world’s smallest fibre-optic probe that can simultaneously see and sense deeply inside the body (Dr Jiawen Li) and an anti-cancer drug that can be switched ‘on’ and ‘off’ inside the body to help reduce chemotherapy side effects (PhD student Kathryn Palasis). These were the research narratives developed by the two CNBP scientists […]

A new heuristic search strategy to accelerate imaging

7 November 2017: CNBP researchers Dr Daniel Drumm (lead author pictured) and Prof Andrew Greentree, both at RMIT University, have analysed microscopy in the contexts of Rényi-Ulam games and half-lies, developing a new family of heuristics. Their research is reported in the journal ‘Scientific Reports.’ Journal: Scientific Reports. Publication title: Microscopy as a statistical, Rényi-Ulam, half-lie game: […]

Cytokine detection

6 November 2017: New research from CNBP scientists reports on a cytokine sensor – fabricated on the surface of an optical fibre. Cytokines are molecules that play a critical role in cellular response to infection, inflammation, trauma and disease. Lead author on the paper, published in the journal ‘Biosensors and Bioelectronics’, is Centre PhD student […]

Concordia College students visit CNBP

6 November 2017: Thirty-one Year 11 students from Concordia College visited CNBP headquarters at the University of Adelaide, 6th November 2017, further strengthening outreach engagement and linkages between the school and Centre researchers. The students, part of the  International Baccalaureate Science program, enjoyed presentations from CNBP researchers, participated in a Q&A regarding CNBP science, and undertook lab […]

Surface chemistry and nanodiamond fluorescence

31 October 2017: Surface chemistry is vital for nanodiamond fluorescence, reports a new paper published by CNBP researchers (lead author Dr Philipp Reineck pictured). The paper was published in the journal ‘ACS Nano’ and is available online. Journal: ACS Nano. Publication title: Effect of Surface Chemistry on the Fluorescence of Detonation Nanodiamonds. Authors: Philipp Reineck, Desmond W. M. Lau, […]

New microfluidic needle-like device developed

31 October: A new paper from CNBP researchers (lead author Shilun Feng pictured) reports on the development of a microfluidic needle-like device that can extract and deliver nanoliter samples. The paper, published in ‘Applied Physics Letters’ is accessible online. Journal: Applied Physics Letters. Publication title: A microfluidic needle for sampling and delivery of chemical signals by […]

CNBP researchers edit new book

30 October 2017: A new book edited by A/Prof Anwar Sunna (CNBP Associate Investigator), Dr Andrew Care (CNBP Research Fellow) and Peter Bergquist (Macquarie University) as been published by Springer. The book, “Peptides and Peptide-based Biomaterials and their Biomedical Applications”, highlights new developments in the applications of peptide and peptide-based biomaterials in biomedicine. “This is […]

CI joins ARC College of Experts

27 October 2017: Professor Andrew Greentree, CNBP Chief Investigator from RMIT University has been announced as a member of the prestigious ARC College of Experts. Members of the College of Experts assess and rank ARC grant applications submitted under the National Competitive Grants Program, make funding recommendations to the ARC and provide strategic advice to the […]
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