Monthly Archives: December 2015

Coverage: Barbara Kidman Fellowships

Barbara-Kidman10 December 2015:

University of Adelaide and CNBP researchers Dr Sabrina Heng and Dr Melanie McDowall are recipients of the Barbara Kidman Women’s Fellowship for 2016.

The Fellowship supports  female academics in enhancing and promoting their career, following time out of the workplace due to carer’s or family leave. The Fellowship is for 12 months and can be used for research support, overseas travel or professional development.

Both Sabrina and Mel were interviewed about the award, their science and their experiences in academia more generally on Radio Adelaide’s ‘Sound of Sciene’ program.

The full interview can be heard online here.

Orth talks at SPIE Micro+Nano conference

Antony_Orth_web8 December 2015:

‘Gigapixel hyperspectral microscopy for high content analysis’ was the talk undertaken by CNBP Research Fellow Antony Orth, at the SPIE Micro+Nano Conference in Sydney, December, 2015.

The talk was based on the following research paper:

Paper title: Gigapixel hyperspectral microscopy for high content analysis.

Paper authors: Antony Orth, RMIT Univ. (Australia), The Rowland Institute (United States); Monica J. Tomaszewski, Richik N. Ghosh, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (United States); Ethan F. Schonbrun, The Rowland Institute at Harvard (United States)

A key part of the drug discovery process relies on image-based assays to assess the efficacy of potential medical compounds. These assays can involve imaging up to millions of cells in many different colors – a time consuming task for today’s automated microscopes. We have developed a microlens-based microscope capable of acquiring large images faster and with more colors than current systems. We discuss system design, present gigapixel microscope images with up to 13 color channels, and demonstrate proof of concept spectral unmixing for a cell proliferation assay.


Life membership of AOS

jimpiper8 December 2015:

Prof Jim Piper, CNBP Macquarie University Node Leader has been awarded Honorary Life Membership of the Australian Optical Society (AOS) following the organisation’s annual general meeting, held in 2015.

The award recognizes Jim’s contribution to the society over many years. His signature was on the Memorandum of Association that established the AOS as an association in 1983. He took over the AOS presidency in 1984-1985, and was the recipient of the AOS W.H. (Beattie) Steel Medal – in 1997.

Also awarded life membership at the December 2015 meeting were Macquarie University’s Prof. Brian Orr and Prof. Ross McPhedran from the University of Sydney.

All continue to be involved with the AOS on an ongoing basis.

Order of merit!

sabrina24 December 2015:

CNBP’s Sabrina Heng has been awarded the Dean’s Order of Merit for the Edith Dornwell Medal for 2015.

The award recognises research excellence by a female Early Career Researcher (ECR) within the Science Faculty of the University of Adelaide.

Sabrina’s work on developing optical fiber-based, regenerable sensors for metal ions in biology, looks to facilitate early disease diagnosis.

Well done Sabrina!


MCP award from the Society for Glycobiology

Nicki Packer Low Res Edit 01252 December 2015:

Nicki Packer, CNBP Chief Investigator, has been awarded the 2015 Molecular and Cellular Proteomics award by the Society for Glycobiology. The award, sponsored at the annual SfG conference by the American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (ASBMB) since 2013, is given to an individual whose accomplishments best represent the ideals of the research fields covered by the journal.

The MCP award came with financial support to attend the 2015 SfG conference, which was held Dec. 1-4 in San Francisco.

Also undertaken by Nicki at the conference was an invited talk, titled ‘Integrating technologies to make discoveries in glycobiology.’

Summer students at RMIT node

cnbplogosquare11 December 2015:

Two students will be hosted by CNBP’s RMIT node for a period of eight weeks over the summer period, during which time they will each complete a short term project and also gain hands-on experience in optics, light-matter interaction and the quantitative analysis of data.

The students, Adam Francis and Timothy Doughhney, are both RMIT students and have just completed their third year in physics.

Adam will be looking at quantifying the brightness of new fluorescent nanomaterials on a commercial wide-field fluorescence microscope (the Olympus IX83). Tim will be analysing fluorescence bleaching in fixed biological samples using the same Olympus microscope setup.

Both projects explore fluorescence, which is a fundamental photo-physical process, and how it can be used for imaging.

The two students will be supervised by CNBP researchers Antony Orth and Philipp Reineck.