Monthly Archives: May 2015

Successful Southampton Uni partner launch

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CNBP recently celebrated a successful partner launch with the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton, UK – the launch taking place on the 21st May 2015.

Hosted by Partner Investigator Gilberto Brambilla (Professor at the ORC) and Jo Nesbitt, (Southampton University – Director of International Relations), the launch consisted of seminars, boardroom discussions and the formal unveiling of a CNBP Partner plaque with CNBP Director Mark Hutchinson and CNBP RMIT node leader Brant Gibson in attendance.

Known as one of the world’s leading institutes for photonics research,  the ORC are a formal partner of the CNBP, dedicating significant staff time and a PhD student to Centre related activities.

CNBP Director Mark Hutchinson was enthusiastic following the event.

“We met with some amazing people, strengthened our partner relationship with the ORC and talked huge amounts of science.”

“Other positive outcomes included identifying new partner funding opportunities, brainstorming some new ideas for specific projects, as well as boardroom discussions with a view to understanding where both parties can cross fertilize together on projects”.

As a part of launch activity, both Hutchinson and Gibson gave seminars on their specific CNBP related activities and undertook a wide range of conversations, looking to increase linkages between CNBP and OCR researchers to determine projects where shared expertise would be beneficial.


Monthly Macquare seminars

Biju Cletus28 May 2015:

CNBP Macquarie node undertook its monthly seminar series today, with Dr. Varun Sreenivasan and Dr. Biju Cletus presenting for 30 minutes on the following abstract topics, each followed by a short Q&A session:

Title: Nanorubies for Biomolecular Imaging
Contributors: Varun Sreenivasan, W. A. Wan Razali, Carlo Bradac, Mark Connor, Ewa Goldys, Andrei Zvyagin

Abstract: Nanorubies were introduced as promising probes for biological fluorescence microscopy by our group in 2013. They possess unique photoluminescence properties including, broad excitation spectra (350-570 nm), sharp emission (692+/-3 nm), large quantum yield (~30%), long emission lifetime (~4 ms), extreme photostability and biocompatibility. However, their uptake into the bio-imaging community has been limited due to low production yield and high cost. Therefore, we developed a large scale nanoruby production approach to produce large quantities (several grams) of nanorubies in the size range of 10-200 nm. Results of its characterisation, biofunctionalization, and specific and sensitive imaging of G-protein coupled receptors in mammalian cells will be presented.

Title: Hyperspectral Autofluorescence Fundus Camera
Contributors: Biju Cletus, Martin Gosnell, Ayad Anwer, Ewa Goldys

Abstract: Hyperspectral imaging (HSI) is an emerging diagnostic imaging modality for bio- medical applications. The current research presented here is in the field of hyperspectral autofluorescence imaging, which combines spectroscopy and imaging. This research project intends to modify a Fundus camera to get hyperspectral fluorescence images of the eye. The hyperspectral fluorescence camera will be capable of imaging different sections of the eye from lens to retina providing tissue information that is not available from usual Fundus images. Here we present some preliminary experimental results from the modified Fundus camera.


Professor Dayong Jin joins UTS

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Professor Dayong Jin, an ARC Future Fellow and Chief Investigator with the CNBP, has joined the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) science faculty to grow the ‘Initiative for Biomedical Materials & Devices (IBMD)’, into an international collaborative network.

An interview with Dayong Jin on his new position and future goals can be found on the UTS web site –


5th Asia Pacific Optical Sensors Conference

20-22 May 20Alexandre Francois Low Res Edit 008315: Jeju Island; Korea

Dr Alex Francois presented an invited talk at the 5th Asia Pacific Optical Sensors Conference.

Surface plasmon scattering: an alternative approach for optical fibers biosensors:  Alexandre François, Beniamino Sciacca , Elizaveta Klantsataya, Agnieszka Zuber, Peter Hoffman, Manuela Klinger-Hoffman, Tanya M. Monro

The APOS 2015 continues a series of conferences that are intended to provide a central forum for an update and review of technical information covering wide range of optical sensing fields from fundamental researches to systems and applications. The conference is open to researchers and professionals from not only Asia-Pacific Rim region but also all of the world.

CLEO2015 San Jose USA

Hong Ji20 May 2015:

PhD student Hong Ji recently attended the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) , held in San Jose, USA on 10-15 May, 2015.

CLEO serves as the premier international forum for scientific and technical optics, uniting the fields of lasers and opto-electronics by bringing together all aspects of laser technology, from basic research to industry applications.

Careers in STEM

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CNBP researcher from RMIT, Dr Daniel Drumm undertook a successful outreach session with Year 10 students today, as a guest speaker at a Careers in STEM session at Wheelers Hill Secondary College located in Melbourne.

His topic was ‘The World of Research’, where he discussed his current job, the pathway taken to it, and the research environments that he has experienced.

Oh so sweet Macquarie visitor

Hannah-Brown19 May 2015:

Dr. Hannah Brown from the Robinson Research Institute, University of Adelaide gave a lecture to Macquarie’s CNBP Node and the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences, on the fascinating research subject of ‘Diabetes: changing and challenging the reproductive landscape’. Her discussion of the molecular mechanisms by which high glucose environments affect cellular epigenetics throughout embryonic development in vitro and in vivo, stimulated excellent conversation among Macquarie’s resident glycoproteomics experts.

Funding awarded for new photonic fibre device

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CNBP researchers Dr Jiangbo (Tim) Zhao, Dr Sabrina Heng and A/Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem have been awarded twenty-two thousand dollars for their project titled ‘Fibre insight in diabetes treatment: a new photonic fibre device to investigate the enteroendocrine L-cell’. The team will design and fabricate a new microstructured optical fibre to study L-cell secretion and provide a means of screening for L-cell stimuli of therapeutic interest.

The project is co-led by Dr. Tim Zhao and Dr. Tongzhi Wu (School of Medicine).