Monthly Archives: November 2016

New student at CNBP MQ node


CNBP’s Macquarie University node welcomes PhD student Vlada Rozova  to the team.

She is undertaking her PhD on the mathematical modelling of tumour growth in tissue engineering constructs and is being supervised by CNBP Associate Investigator A/Prof. Andrei Zvyagin.

Vlada’s research interests lie in the field of mathematical modelling of biomedical problems, especially related to cancer. and her background is primarily in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science.

Last year she graduated from the Department of Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics of Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia. While there, and under  the supervision of Prof. Alexander Bratus, she developed a mathematical model of interactions between tumours and the immune system in the presence of chemotherapy. Computational methods were applied to solve a constrained optimisation problem and to find an optimal strategy of therapy.

After graduation Vlada spent a year working in a company providing model-based drug development solutions for global pharmaceutical companies and acquired experience in quantitative systems pharmacology, pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic and population modelling.

The goal of her PhD project is to develop a reliable mathematical model of tumour invasion validated by the experiments conducted in her group.

Welcome Vlada! It’s great to have you here.

eChallenge success!

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Team ‘Life Whisperers’, composed of CNBP researchers from the University of Adelaide, Melanie McDowall and Jonathan Hall, together with their mentor Michelle Perugini have won first prize in both the Medical Innovations and Research Commercialisation categories of the ‘Australian eChallenge’ competition.

Run by the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre (ECIC) at the University of Adelaide, the eChallenge is a competition based learning experience that develops strategic business thinking for early-stage entrepreneurial ventures. Participants pitch their venture concepts to potential investors from the local business community. This year it attracted 152 teams across a number of categories.

The successful ‘Life Whisperers’ team proposed and pitched to judges, a new non-invasive diagnostic product to help improve embryo selection and ultimately improve positive IVF outcomes. In winning both categories, the team won $20,000 ($10,000 per category) with the money able to be used to help support future startup activity.

 Below – Entrepreneur Steven Fang presents Jonathan and Mel with one of their winning cheques.


John Booker Medal goes to Dayong Jin

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Congratulations to CNBP Investigator Professor Dayong Jin who has been awarded the 2017 John Booker Medal by the Australian Academy of Science.

Professor Jin was described by the Academy as a world leader in his field, with his research opening up many opportunities in biomedical devices, early diagnosis and light-triggered nanomedicine.

You can read the full story of Professor Jin’s success in an article on the UTS news site.

Research by Degrees success

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CNBP PhD student Saabah Mahbub has won best poster prize at the ‘Research by Degrees Showcase’, an event held by the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Macquarie University.

Saabah’s poster was titled ‘Label-free functional characterization of stem cell cartilage system by hyperspectral imaging (with unsupervised unmixing) for applications in regenerative medicine.’

Posters were assessed by external judges that included Mr Hugh Ong (Commonwealth Bank of Australia), Prof Fred Watson (Astronomer-in-Charge, AAO), Mr Steve Frisken (Finisar Corporation and Founder and CEO, Cylite Pty Ltd) and Dr Stephen Thompson (Lecia Microsystems).

Well done Saabah. Great work at showcasing your science!





Developing novel nano-tools to better understand the brain

guozhen_liu11 November 2016:

Understanding how the brain works is one of the greatest challenges of modern science – A challenge that CNBP Research Fellow Guozhen Liu is certainly up to!

She has recently been awarded an ARC Future Fellowship commencing in 2017 and will work on the creation of a suite of novel biomolecular nano-formulations capable of adaptive responses to the rapidly evolving environment inside of the body.

Read the full ‘Research Impact’ story on the Macquarie University web site!



Investigation of optical coherence microelastography as a method to visualize micro-architecture in human axillary lymph nodes

9 November 2016:

Investigation of optical coherence microelastography as a method to visualize micro-architecture in human axillary lymph nodes;
Kelsey M. Kennedy, Lixin Chin, Philip Wijesinghe, Robert A. McLaughlin, Bruce Latham, David D. Sampson, Christobel M. Saunders and Brendan F. Kennedy
BMC Cancer; DOI 10.1186/s12885-016-2911-z.
9 Nov


CNBP outreach strategy presented

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Tony Crawshaw, CNBP Communications and Outreach Coordinator, has undertaken a talk and sat on a panel discussion at the 2016 Regional Day Out event, hosted by Learning Environments Australasia’s South Australia chapter in Adelaide.

The Regional Day Out meeting (with approximately 250 attendees) focused on the education debate regarding STEM in Australia ( Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and the definition of sophisticated learning spaces that enrich the passion and engagement of STEM and outreach related studies and activities.

Tony’s talk and panel commentary looked at successful communications and outreach strategies currently undertaken at CNBP to help inspire the next generation of researchers and scientists. Through engaging in STEM outreach and educational activities, the CNBP has explored how space, environment and resources with which STEM education is facilitated, impacts the outcomes and legacy of the learning opportunity.


Successful ARC funding round for CNBP aligned researchers

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CNBP researchers and researchers aligned with the CNBP were well represented in yesterday’s announcement by the Federal Government of the latest round of funding as part of the Australian Research Council’s National Competitive Grants Programme.

Discovery Projects
Professor Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem (CNBP Investigator) – Taming light and electrons in optical fibres.
Professor Ewa Goldys (CNBP Deputy Director and Chief Investgator) – Rejuvenating adult stem cells.
Prof Dougal McCulloch (CNBP Associate Investigator) – Using extreme conditions to synthesise new materials.
Dr Louise Brown and Dr David Inglis (CNBP Associate Investigators) – Atomic forces for sorting ultrabright nanodiamonds.
Associate Professor Andrei Zvyagin (CNBP Associate Investigator); Professor Ewa Goldys (CNBP Deputy Director and Chief Investgator) and Dr Yiqing Lu (CNBP Associate Investigator) – Background-free imaging of single membrane-receptors with nanophosphors.

Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards
Dr Martin Ploschner (CNBP Research Fellow) – Seeing deeply inside the body with the world’s smallest microscope.
Dr Yiqing Lu (CNBP Associate Investigator) – Hyper-domain luminescence lifetime imaging for mapping molecular dynamics.

ARC Future Fellowships
Professor Andrew Greentree (CNBP Chief Investigator) – Laser threshold sensing.
Dr Guozhen Liu (CNBP Research Fellow) – Intelligent nanoparticles: Interactive tools to decode brain activity.

Linking Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities
Associate Professor Jeremy Thompson (CNBP Chief Investigator) – Adelaide Flow Cytometry.

Congratulations to all those researchers listed above, who get the chance to further advance their exciting areas of science!

Further information on this funding round is available from the Australian Research Council web site.