Monthly Archives: April 2015

Adelaide node visited by Karen Andrews MP

Andrews 417 April 2015:

CNBP Adelaide node was recently visited by Karen Andrews MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry & Science.

The visit proved to be a wonderful opportunity to explain in greater detail, the trans-disciplinary work that CNBP is undertaking across the nano biophotonics field, and its particularly advantageous nature to biological and medical research.

As part of the visit, Mrs Andrews met with Centre Director Mark Hutchinson and other senior Centre staff including Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, Mel McDowall and Kathy Nicholson, and was shown around several working laboratories to get a flavour of CNBP activity.

Topics discussed with Mrs Andrews included 3D imaging of live and intact cells, sensing technologies for advanced reproductive research, the use of photonics for advanced diagnostics as well as the specific use of lasers and fibre in CNBP related science.

Annemarie is back and at CNBP

17 AAnnemarie Nadortpril 2015:

We are delighted to share great news that Annemarie Nadort decided to join the Macquarie node of CNBP after her recent graduation from the University of Amsterdam.

Annemarie did a co-tutelle PhD project at Macquarie with AI Andrei Zvyagin in the area of advanced imaging.

Her new role within CNBP will be to work with Professor Ewa Goldys on a project exploiting the capability of upconverting nanoparticles to visualise tissue regions.

She will also be exploring the area of fluorescence guided surgery jointly with CNBP PI Professor Brian Wilson.

We wish her all the best, in particular for her recent submission to Nature Methods as first author.

 

Welcome to Kashif and Jason at MQ Node

17 April 2015:Kashif and Jason at MQ

Last week Macquarie node welcomed two new PhD students who joined Ewa Goldys’ group.

Kashif Islam (left) hails from Pakistan. His project is concerned with expanding the range of fluorophores that can be non-invasively quantified in cells and tissues. This work will have components of hardware development, photochemistry and photobiology.  Kashif  will be part of the hyperspectral team working with Martin Gosnell, Ayad Anwer, Biju Cletus, Saabah Mahbub and Aziz Rehman and external partners. We hope he will be able to observe tryptophan, kyneurenine and collagen, which will open up exciting options for CNBP.

Wenjie Jason Chen (right) came from China. He is developing specialised nanoparticles which will be targeted to receptors of interest and deliver their cargo following a trigger. He will be working with Wei Deng and external partners working towards translational medical objectives.

We are excited to have Jason and Kashif here and looking forward to seeing their results soon.

Cutting Edge Speaker at Science Teachers Association Conference

georgiostsiminis13 April 2015: CNBP talks to Science Teachers:

Dr Georgios Tsiminis was invited to represent the University of Adelaide at the Science Teachers Association of South Australia Annual Conference and Expo 2015 as an invited Cutting Edge Speaker.  Hosted at Brighton Secondary School with an audience of Science teachers from around South Australia.

The talk was titled “Listening to molecules using light: optical detection of chemicals” and co-authors include Dr Joanna Brooks (ARC Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing at the Australian National University), Nigel Spooner (IPAS), Tanya Monro (UniSA/CNBP), Fenghong Chu (Shanghai University of Electric Power).

 The talk gave an overview of how light can be used as a tool for detecting chemicals in complex samples and focused on using optical fibres as photonic tools for chemical sensing by Raman spectroscopy. Two examples were given, measuring vitamin B12 in the scope of exploring vitamin B12 deficiency as a modifiable risk factor for dementia and Alzheimer’s; and explosives detection, where Raman spectroscopy was performed using microstructtured suspended core optical fibres to enhance the signal and enable the detection of fundamentally different explosives (TNT and hydrogen peroxide) using the same sensor at quantities of less than a microgram. Both examples highlight the great flexibility of photonic technologies for chemical sensing and establish the cross-disciplinary nature of research undertaken within the CNBP, IPAS and the University of Adelaide.

 

NIMTE Chinese Academy of Sciences visit

New2-32 April 2015:

CNBP researcher Dr Yong Liu has undertaken a visit to the Ningbo Institute of Materials Terchnology and Engineering  (NIMTE), Chinese Academy of Sciences. Discussing potential future collaborations on nanoscale  biomedical devices, Dr Liu also gave a talk titled ‘Multifunctional Nanomaterials for  Biomedical Applications’. The visit took place April 2nd 2015.