Monthly Archives: November 2015

Piotr Wargocki back at Macquarie University

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CNBP welcomes back Piotr Wargocki who will be undertaking his PhD study as a Centre student at Macquarie University research node.

Piotr previously graduated from the Politechnika Wrocławska (Technical University of Wroclaw), Department of Electronics, Faculty of Signal Processing. Following that he took on a second Masters course in the field of Biomedical Engineering and spent a year working at Macquarie University with Centre Deputy Director Ewa Goldys.

More recently Piotr has been in Thailand at Suranaree University of Technology with Prof. Montarop Yamabhai, working on the ‘Development of a smartphone-based alternative device, in order to read ELISA signals’.

His thesis title is ‘SPAD arrays for fluorescence lifetime measurement’ and he is being supervised by David Spence and Ewa Goldys.

Coverage: MQ and Regeneus agreement

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Professor Ewa Goldys, Deputy Director from the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics was interviewed by The Australian and CH 10 News regarding a new collaboration agreement
between Macquarie University and regenerative medicine company Regeneus. The agreement is based on further developing and commercialising CNBP cell selection technology.
http://tenplay.com.au/news/national/2015/11/24/new-futuristic-treatment

New agreement to open the door to next generation cell therapies

cnbplogosquare124 November 2015:

A new collaboration agreement has been announced today by Macquarie University and clinical-stage regenerative medicine company Regeneus Ltd, to commercialise a breakthrough cell selection technology that for the first time allows high potency secreting stem cells to be identified and selected for the manufacture of next generation cell therapies.

The technology was developed in a research group led by Professor Ewa Goldys and Dr Guozhen Liu at the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) at Macquarie, and uses innovative cell labelling technologies to identify and select cells based on the molecules that they are secreting rather than their surface characteristics used currently.

Read more here:

A new chelate for sensitive time-gated immunodetection

Nima Sayyadi_web23 November 2015:

CNBP researcher Nima Sayyadi is first author on a recently published paper titled, ‘A novel biocompatible europium chelate for sensitive time-gated immunodetection.’

The paper was published in the journal Chemical Communications.

Abstract: We describe the synthesis of a novel hydrophilic derivative of a tetradentate β-diketone europium chelate that was used to prepare an immunoconjugate probe against Giardia lamblia cysts. We used a Gated Autosynchronous Luminescence Detector (GALD) to obtain high quality delayed luminescence images of cells 30-fold faster than ever previously reported.

Additional information can be found online here.

Tanya Monro at TEDx Adelaide 2015

Tanya Monro_web221 November 2015:

CNBP Advocate and Chief Investigator, Prof Tanya Monro, was one of a select group of speakers presenting at the Adelaide TEDx event for 2015.

Tanya’s talk – on the intriguing topics of beauty and science – captured the imagination of a packed Adelaide Town Hall with discussion points including, “Physics is really about the art.”

A huge success, the Adelaide TEDx event incorporated a program of talks, video and live speakers, sparking deep discussion and connection.

See the web site for additional information.

 

New PhD student at Macquarie

Yan-(Victoria)-Wang_web18 November 2015:

CNBP’s Macquarie University research node welcomes its latest PhD student Yan (Victoria) Wang.

Victoria arrives from China with support from the China Scholarship Council (CSC) and Macquarie University. She gained her Masters degree  from the China Agricultural University.

Professor James Piper (CNBP MQ Node Director) and Doctor Yiqing Lu (CNBP Research Fellow) will supervise Victoria.

Her research topic will focus on luminescence lifetime decoding based high-throughput in vitro pathogen detection.

CNBP visits Belmont High School

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CNBP researchers Andy Greentree, Denitza Denkova and Lindsay Parker took their science to the students on Friday Nov 13th, visiting Belmont High School for a fun filled day of outreach, incorporating science demonstrations, talks, informal discussion and chat.

First up was a 75 minute stage show in front of approximately 80 students from Years 8 and Year 9. Light as a concept was first explained, its wave and particle nature providing the basis for the session. A leaf-blower, table tennis balls, lasers, strobe lights and running water were also used, demonstrating the nature of light and its reflective, refractive and diffractive properties.

Nanodiamonds, iPhones, invisibility cloaks and glow sticks also made an appearance with the challenges and opportunities of looking deeply into the body and CNBP’s research mission clearly outlined.

This was followed by morning tea with the teaching staff and then a further talk and Q&A session with the school’s Year 12 chemistry class.

Thank you to all the students and teachers involved on the day. Great fun and extremely rewarding!

Partner launch with Bioplatforms Australia

Bioplatforms-Andrew-Gilbert9 November 2015:

CNBP successfully launched its partnership with Bioplatforms Australia at a larger Node event at Macquarie University, Sydney, Nov 9th, 2015.

The partner launch, added to the official proceedings of the CNBP Macquarie University research node launch, featured CNBP Director Prof Mark Hutchinson and General Manager for Bioplatforms Australia, Mr Andrew Gilbert.

Mark Hutchinson noted the importance of the partnership with Bioplatforms Australia, with the organisation enabling CNBP research, with its world-class platform technologies and associated expertise in the specialist fields of genomics, proteomics, metabolomics and bioinformatics.

Prof Hutchinson then presented Mr Gilbert with a CNBP partner plaque and noted that he was looking forward to ongoing collaborations, particularly in the areas of biomedical research. Mr Gilbert concurred, with both individuals  then posing for official launch photos.

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CNBP launches Macquarie Uni node

cnbplogosquare19 November 2015:

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) officially launched its Macquarie University Research Node, at a formal event today in Sydney.

This official launch was attended by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bruce Dowton, a number of distinguished guests and a large contingent of CNBP researchers from all three Research Nodes, as well as members of the CNBP International Advisory Committee.

In helping launch the node, Professor Mary O’Kane, NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer said, “Physics, biomolecular sciences and nano-technology are key research strengths at Macquarie University.”

Professor Piper noted that over fifty researchers, staff and students from the University, spanning a wide range of disciplines, would contribute to CNBP activity.

Said Piper, “The technologies and tools that the team is developing will help us better understand a wide range of human related conditions and offer many opportunities for commercialisation, benefiting the Australian economy.

Also acknowledged during the event was CNBP’s industry partnership with BioPlatforms Australia.

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Controlling upconversion nanocrystals for emerging applications

Dayong Jin  Low Res Edit 00966 November 2015:

The latest review paper from CNBP researchers Dayong Jin and Bingyang Shi, bench-mark their world-leading roles in upconversion nanotechnoloy.

The paper is titled, “Controlling upconversion nanocrystals for emerging applications.”

Authors: Bo Zhou, Bingyang Shi, Dayong Jin & Xiaogang Liu.

The full paper is available online with the abstract included below.

Abstract: Lanthanide-doped upconversion nanocrystals enable anti-Stokes emission with pump intensities several orders of magnitude lower than required by conventional nonlinear optical techniques. Their exceptional properties, namely large anti-Stokes shifts, sharp emission spectra and long excited-state lifetimes, have led to a diversity of applications. Here, we review upconversion nanocrystals from the perspective of fundamental concepts and examine the technical challenges in relation to emission colour tuning and luminescence enhancement. In particular, we highlight the advances in functionalization strategies that enable the broad utility of upconversion nanocrystals for multimodal imaging, cancer therapy, volumetric displays and photonics.