Monthly Archives: March 2015

CNBP hosts Olympus Australia

CNBP RMIT node meet with Olympus18 March 2015:

The CNBP continued to build on its close industry link with Olympus Australia, recently hosting James Bowe (Director of Olympus Australia), and several of his colleagues (Eisuke Arinobe and Kim Everuss) at the Centre’s RMIT research node in Melbourne.

Invited as guest speaker for the RMIT School of Applied Sciences 2015 Awards Ceremony, James Bowe took the time to meet with CNBP RMIT team members prior to the event and was given a tour of the new CNBP office and laboratory space which is currently under construction.

The visit demonstrated the closeness between the two organisations, with both keen to explore and develop potential collaboration opportunities.

The Awards Ceremony also proved to be a successful evening for the Centre, with CNBP student Ashleigh Heffernan recognised twice for his achievements. He accepted the Nanotechnology Award for Physics as well as the Walter Boas Memorial Prize which recognises creativity in third year physics study.

Marie-Curie Fellowship Success

Xue Bai_blog16 March 2015:

Our forthcoming CNBP Research Fellow, Xue Bai, has been awarded a prestigious Marie-Curie Fellowship. The Fellowship, one of Europe’s most competitive awards, is aimed at fostering interdisciplinary research and international collaboration.

Bai’s project, entitled ‘Real-time Up-conversion Luminescence Thermometry Based on Lanthanide Doped Nanodiamonds in a Living Cell’, will see the development of a novel thermometer to be used for intracellular temperature sensing. This project will be carried out at CNBP’s Macquarie University node, as well as at Aston University in the UK, and includes two key partners, the Humboldt University (Germany) and Medtronic Inc (USA).

Xue Bai has more than 10 years research experience in the construction and optical investigation of lanthanide based nanophosphors. At CNBP, she will bring her extensive knowledge and expertise of luminescence to the ‘Illuminate’ theme. She will be responsible for the development of new generation biological imaging nanoparticles, for use in super-sensitive and high-resolution biological sensing systems.

PhD Thesis to be awarded Vice-Chancellor Commendation

Jie Lu_web12 March 2015:

It’s exciting news for one of our Macquarie University graduates Mr Jie Lu, who has been awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Commendation for his PhD.

This award  is recognition that the thesis belongs in the top 5% of research submissions for that degree.

The thesis, ‘Developing Signal Amplification Strategies for Sensitive Detection of Low Abundance Biomolecules’ was acknowledged as being of an exceptionally high standard by all three  PhD examiners.

New Arrivals at the CNBP Macquarie Node

IMG_20150304_153824033_256 March 2015:

The power of three.

The CNBP Macquarie Node is growing rapidly with the arrival of three new Research Fellows last week.

Guozhen Liu has arrived from the Central China Normal University. She has over 10 year’s research experience at various universities, primarily in the areas of nanobiofabrication, biosensing and electrochemistry. She also has over 6 years’ institute experience, working on diabetes products. She will be working on cytokine assays, important in various parts of the CNBP. She will join Ewa’s team.

Kai Zhang, is a visiting scholar from Jilin University, China. Her background is in polymer chemistry and physics and her research field is the synthesis and application of composite nanoparticles, especially in drug delivery and gene delivery. She is supported by the China Scholarship Council and will be working with Ewa Goldys on molecular assays.

Denitza Denkova has recently finished her PhD at KU Leuven, Belgium, in the area of near-field microscopy and plasmonic nanoparticles. Here, she will be working with Prof. Jim Piper and Prof. Dayong Jin on the Olympus project, and will be responsible for the development and implementation of a low-power, low-cost STED microscopy system.

Welcome to all three of you – It’s great to have you all on board.

Mark Hutchinson talks about Drug Addiction on Radio Adelaide

Hi-Res Adelaidean Mark Hutchinson-crop1 March 2015

Interview with Professor Mark Hutchinson, Professor of Nanoscale BioPhotonics; Radio Adelaide, Adelaide, Orbit, Ewart Shaw; 01 Mar 2015 09:13AM

Hutchinson says a drug addiction has to be maladaptive or bad for the organism to meet the criteria of an addiction. He says the evidence suggests there is the potential to form an addiction to cocaine. He says nicotine, alcohol, and drugs were identified as having different mechanisms of action in the brain, but they all converged onto one key rewards system in the brain. He says they believe they have identified the mechanism by which lots of different drugs of abuse are able to activate a specific pathway, and they all activate it in a similar way. He says they are now working with the US Department of Defence, who are really interested in developing compounds to see if they work in humans. He discusses the social consequences of drug crime. He discusses his work with the Tas alkaloids company [Tasmanian Alkaloids.]