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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 […]

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 science gets fresh

6 June 2018: CNBP researcher Dr Annemarie Nadort has participated in ‘Fresh Science’, a national competition helping early-career researchers find, and then share, their stories of discovery. The program takes up-and-coming researchers with no media experience and turns them into spokespeople for science, giving them media training and a public event to present their science to the […]

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. […]

CNBP outreach at MQ ‘Career Ready Day’

10 May 2018: CNBP’s Dr Annemarie Nadort has shone a light on biophotonics, microcirculation, medical device development and a career in science to an audience of 35 Yr 9-10 high school students, at an outreach session at Macquarie University, May 10th, 2018. The students, attending the University as a part of a ‘career-ready’ day, were given a quick […]

Detecting zearalenone (a toxin found in cereals)

1 May 2018: CNBP PhD student at Macquarie University, Fuyuan Zhang (pictured), is first author on a new paper reporting on the development of magnetic nanobead based fluoroimmunoassays  for detection of zearalenone (a toxin found in cereals). Journal: Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical. Publication title: Novel magnetic nanobeads-based fluoroimmunoassays for zearalenone detection in cereals using protein G […]

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 […]

New CNBP review paper on SERS

23 April 2018: CNBP researchers have  published a new review paper on surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS), reporting on recent developments and applications, and in particular examining SERS nanotags in biosensing and bioimaging, describing case studies in which differing types of biomarkers have been investigated. Lead author on the paper was Wei Zhang from Macquarie University. Journal: Journal […]

Centre outreach encourages a career in science

18 April 2018: Two fantastic sessions of outreach in two days by CNBP researcher 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 aimed […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Reducing interference with cellular autofluorescence

14 March 2018: CNBP Research Fellow Nicole Cordina is first author on a new study that reports on two novel methods for reducing interference with cellular autofluorescence for bio-imaging. Journal: Scientific Reports. Publication title: Reduced background autofluorescence for cell imaging using nanodiamonds and lanthanide chelates. Authors: Nicole M. Cordina, Nima Sayyadi, Lindsay M. Parker, Arun Everest-Dass, Louise […]

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 […]
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