Monthly Archives: May 2015

Successful Southampton Uni partner launch

southampton launch228 May 2015:

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

Dayong Jin  Low Res Edit 009625 May 2015:

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.

SAHMRI Heart Health Friday Seminar

SAHMRI logo115 May 2015:

A series of talks were provided by CNBP researchers at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), as part of the the organisation’s ‘Heart Health Friday Seminar’ program on the 15th May 2015.

Introduced by SAHMRI Heart Health Theme Leader and CNBP Biological Challenge – Inside Blood Vessels Leader, Prof Steve Nicholls, talks about CNBP related activities were provided by the following personnel:

CNBP Director, Prof Mark Hutchinson – The CNBP, a transdisciplinary research journey

CNBP Biological Challenge Spark of Life Leader, Associate Prof Jeremy Thompson – Lighting up the single cell

CNBP Research Fellow, Dr Nisha Schwarz – Understanding the foam cell

CNBP Research Associate, Benjamin Pullen – Imaging nitric oxide inside blood vessels




CNBP welcomes Spanish visitor

Jaime Garcia Ruperez15 May 2015:

We would like to formally welcome A/Prof Jaime Garcia-Ruperez from the Universitat Politècnica de València, who is currently visiting the CNBP.

Hosted at CNBP’s University of Adelaide research node, one of Garcia-Ruperez’s first activities has been in providing a talk to the wider Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS).

His talk, “Novel approaches for the development of high-sensitivity, compact and low-cost nanophotonic biosensors based on photonic bandgap structures,” took place on May 14th to an appreciative crowd.

In the talk, Garcia-Ruperez presented the work being carried out at the Nanophotonics Technology Center (NTC) of the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV, Spain) – particularly towards the development of high-sensitivity, compact, low-cost and real-time biosensors based on photonic bandgap structures where the use of tunable elements for their interrogation is avoided. The use of these sensing devices for their application in fields like medical diagnosis was also proposed.



Travel grant awarded

Wan Razali13 May 2015:

CNBP PhD student Wan Aizuddin Wan Razali, has been awarded a travel grant under the Postgraduate Research Fund to the value of $5,000. The grant will be used to attend the Single-Molecule Microscopy and Spectroscopy Faraday Discussion conference in London. He will also visit London’s Imperial College, the University of Jena and the University of Bremen.

CNBP Node Director presents in US

jimpiper11 May 2015:

CNBP Director, Macquarie University Node, Prof Jim Piper has attended the ‘Enabling Technologies Technical Exchange Meeting 2015’, recently held in Arlington, Virginia.

The event, held under the auspices of the 2015 United States-Australia Joint Commission Meeting on Science and Technology, looks to enhance strategic scientific dialogue between the two countries as well as promote joint efforts in addressing complex problems facing the world today.

This year’s theme was ‘Enabling Technologies’ with Prof Piper giving two well received talks – ‘Supporting Structures for Australian Discovery Research’ and ‘Time-coded Luminescent Nanoparticles for High Contrast Detection of Specific (sub) Cellular Targets’.