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Light-based outreach at MQ Open Day

18 August 2018: Light-based demos ranging from optical fibre lamps, to infinity LED light boxes, to UV light and a fluorescing scorpion were all on show to the general public and potential new students at the CNBP stand at Macquarie University’s Open Day. At the stand, CNBP researchers took the opportunity to talk-up science and […]

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 […]

A kids focus at Sydney Science Festival

10 August 2018: Over one hundred primary school children saw CNBP and Macquarie University researchers Dr Martin Ploschner (pictured) and Dr Annemarie Nadort present fun-filled light-focused science demonstrations at the Australian Museum as a part of National Science Week and the Sydney Science Festival for 2018. Dr Martin Ploschner demonstrated how every-day items such as […]

New nanoparticles help detect deep-tissue cancers

6 August 2018: Researchers have developed a new form of nanoparticle and associated imaging technique that can detect multiple disease biomarkers, including those for breast cancer, found in deep-tissue in the body. Reported in the science journal ‘Nature Nanotechnology’, the research opens up a new avenue in minimally invasive disease diagnosis and will potentially have […]

Into the inner unknown

26 July 2018: Touching on issues as diverse as space science, natural disasters, pollution and extreme biology, Yr 7- 12 high school students had the opportunity to gain insight into humanity’s big issues at a three day Macquarie University outreach event held in association with the organisation ‘One Giant Leap (Australia)’. As a part of […]

Engineering protein-based nanoparticles

23 July 2018: A new review paper has been published in the journal ‘Genes’ featuring two CNBP Associate Investigators as co-authors, Dr Andrew Care (Cancer Institute NSW) and Dr Anwar Sunna (Macquarie University). Titled, ‘Bioengineering Strategies for Protein-based Nanoparticles’, the paper focuses on the tools available to custom-engineer protein-based nanoparticles for different applications, including those in nanomedicine […]

A photoresponsive LPD system developed

19 July 2018: CNBP researchers have published a paper reporting on  the development of a novel photoresponsive liposome-polycation-DNA (LPD) platform. Lead author on the paper was Wenjie Chen (pictured). Journal: Journal of Materials Chemistry B. Publication title: Photoresponsive endosomal escape enhances gene delivery using liposome-polycation-DNA (LPD) nanovector. Authors: Wenjie Chen, Wei Deng, Xin Xu, Xiang Zhao, Jenny Nhu Vo, Ayad […]

X-ray triggered nano-bubbles to target cancer

13 July 2018: Innovative drug filled nano-bubbles, able to be successfully triggered in the body by X-rays, have been developed by CNBP and Macquarie University researchers, paving the way for a new range of cancer treatments for patients. The tiny bubbles, known as liposomes, are commonly used in pharmacology to encapsulate drugs, making them more […]

Research translation is focus of CNBP workshop

11 July 2018: The take-home message from CNBP’s two day ‘Research Translation’ workshop, held in Adelaide, the 5th and 6th of July, was that high quality science can change people’s lives and that the research that CNBP undertakes is truly transformative with huge translation potential. Over 75 CNBP researchers, students, partners and invited guests attended […]

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 X-ray-induced photodynamic therapy system

19 June 2018: Researchers from CNBP have developed an X-ray-induced photodynamic therapy (PDT) system where nanoparticles incorporating a photosensitizer, verteporfin, were triggered by X-ray radiation to generate cytotoxic singlet oxygen. This system offers the possibility of enhancing the radiation therapy commonly prescribed for the treatment of cancer by simultaneous PDT. Lead author on the paper was […]

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 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 […]
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