Dr Yong Liu has recently joined the CNBP team, as the ‘Qianjiang Scholar and Distinguished Professor of Zhejiang Province’, a joint appointment with the Wenzhou Medical University in China. He received his PhD from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) from the University of Wollongong. Thereafter, he continued his research at the University of Dayton and Case Western Reserve University before moving back to China. He has won the ‘2011 Scopus Young Research Award in Life Sciences of China’ and will be working with Prof. Dayong Jin at the CNBP Macquarie Node in the area of hybrid nanomaterials for multimodal bioimaging and biosensing.
CNBP Associate Investigator, Dr Nima Sayyadi from Macquarie University, gave a well received seminar at the University of Adelaide on the topic, “Sensitive Cancer Immunodetection Using a Novel Europium Immunoconjugate.”
The seminar, on April 28th, 2015 was part of a week long visit to the University of Adelaide for Nima, who spent a large part of that time working with CNBP’s Dr Jingxian Yu in the Recognise team.
As a CNBP AI, the major aim of Nima’s current project is in aiding the development of luminescent probes for bio-sensing.
Congratulations to Xianlin Zheng, a Centre PhD student, who has been selected as a recipient of the 2015 Student Travel Award for attendance at CYTO 2015 (The International Society for Advancement of Cytometry’s 30th International Congress). The event is to be held at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow, Scotland and the grant has a value of US$1000.
CNBP RMIT node has hosted Macquarie University PhD student Ishan Das Rastogi for a week long visit, to help benchmark commercial as well as in-house prepared fluorescent nanodiamond material, using confocal microscopy. A number of nanomaterial processing steps were also discussed during the visit and processing protocols shared and demonstrated. Desmond Lau, Brant Gibson and Philipp Reineck were directly involved in discussions, experiments and data analysis with Ishan.
CNBP Researcher, Dr Hannah Brown examines the ethical issues around the first genetically-modified human embryo, in her article for The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/worlds-first-genetically-modified-human-embryo-raises-ethical-concerns-40766
The confocal microscope at RMIT has been the object of several visits lately, most notably Hannah Brown (April 16 & 17), a researcher from University of Adelaide, and Ishan Rastogi (April 20-25), a PhD student from Macquarie University.
Hannah was kind enough to give an introductory presentation about epigenetics to the RMIT team, and used the microscope to investigate some fixed cells that she brought with her.
Ishan also brought some samples with him, but with less focus on the biological side – he is in the process of benchmarking the flourescence of nanodiamonds.
Hydrogen peroxide plays an important role in reproductive health, and recent work from the University of Adelaide node has looked at different ways of detecting hydrogen peroxide in sperm and embryos. Recent advances in non-invasively monitoring hydrogen peroxide concentrations near developing embryos were presented at two international conferences.
The American Chemical Society (ACS) National Congress is a biannual event which gathered 14,000 Chemists from around the world at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO. This work was presented in the Division of Organic Chemistry in a poster entitled “Hydrogen Peroxide Sensing for Reproductive Health”.
An Optics and Optoelectronics conference is run by SPIE in Prague every second year, with over 700 attendees this year at the Clarion Congress Hotel. A paper entitled “Localised Hydrogen Peroxide Sensing for Reproductive Health” was presented at the Optical Sensors Conference along with a presentation from University of Adelaide researcher Matthew Henderson on localised pH sensing.
CNBP Adelaide node was recently visited by Karen Andrews MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry & Science. You can check out her visit on Storify.
Visit by Karen Andrews MP : https://storify.com/melmcd/mrs-karen-andrews-mp-university-of-adelaide-visit
Our CNBP Social Media tracker Dr Mel McDowall shares March highlights on Storify
Photoswitchable Membranes Based on Peptide-Modified Nanoporous Anodic Alumina: Toward Smart Membranes for On-Demand Molecular Transport. Tushar Kumeria, Jingxian Yu, Mohammed Alsawat, Mahaveer D. Kurkuri, Abel Santos, Andrew D. Abell and Dusan Losic
Article first published online: 8 APR 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/adma.201500473