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Successful CNBP workshop at RMIT node

RMIT workshopsq19 August 2016:

CNBP’s RMIT University node hosted CNBP researchers from Macquarie University and the University of Adelaide today, at a successful and well attended workshop event held in Melbourne.

A number of CNBP related projects currently taking place at RMIT were explored during the day long session, including presentations and discussion on the following topics:

  • Efforts to fabricate micro-optics for integration on multicore optical fibre imaging bundles
  • The potential of combining nano-photonics and biomedical acoustics to open new windows into the body
  • Use of of diamond lasers for sensing
  • Optimal search techniques when measuring at the nanoscale
  • The development of a molecular zinc sensor based on successful collaboration between CNBP chemists, physicists and biologists.

Other discussion points covered were diverse, and included but were not limited to – phone technology for fertility assessment, polarised endoscopes, spiky cholesterol crystals, 3D lens printing, bubble functionalisation, diamond laser sensing, conditional probability distribution, high-impact non-lame publishing via interdisciplinary collaboration and so much more!

Formal and informal networking took place throughout the day with new avenues for potential investigation captured. Thanks to all who participated on such a knowledge expanding day!

 

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 does Melbourne Knowledge Week

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CNBP’s RMIT node reached out to the public today, hosting a panel discussion on nanoscale technology as a part of  Melbourne Knowledge Week.

‘Up Close and Revealed: Life at the Nanoscale’ was the theme of the event with a focus on nanoscale optical sensors, quantum technology and next generation computational devices.

Panel speakers consisted of CNBP’s RMIT node leader A/Prof Brant Gibson, CNBP Advisory Board member Prof Goran Roos, Prof Calum Drummond from RMIT and CNBP industry partner Mr Jian Shen from Olympus Australia.

Following the entertaining and informative panel dialogue, members of the public were provided with tours of CNBP’s new research laboratories, and provided with further information on CNBP’s current research activities.

Melbourne Knowledge Week showcases the city’s broad range of innovative projects, institutions and ideas with over 50 separate events taking place from the 19th to 25th October 2015.

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Collaborating with CSIRO

CSIRO launch1 October 2015:

CNBP officially launched its partnership with CSIRO today, at an on-site event at the Clayton facility of CSIRO in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Partner, Professor Yonggang Zhu, Team Leader of CSIRO’s Microfluidic Platforms Team, announced that he was extremely privileged to be a partner of CNBP and looks forward to future collaborations.

Centre Director, Professor Mark Hutchinson acknowledged CSIRO’s contribution to CNBP and indicated new areas of potential collaboration, which would include the Centre’s Spark of Life theme and embryological research.

The launch consisted of a number of science presentations from CSIRO researchers, together with researchers from Monash University. Industry representatives included Trajan Scientific Australia Pty Ltd and the Australian National Fabrication Facility.

CNBP colleagues from all three research nodes of CNBP – Macquarie University, RMIT University and the University of Adelaide, were present at the launch and science discussions were presented by Prof Dayong Jin, UTS; Prof Ewa Goldys, Centre Deputy Director, Macquarie University; Researcher, Dr Philipp Reineck, RMIT University; Researcher, Dr Ivan Maksymov, RMIT University; and Professor Andrew Abell, Chief Investigator and Node Director, University of Adelaide.

Lab tours were conducted at CSIRO, along with many group discussions, engaging CNBP and CSIRO researchers alike. At the conclusion of launch proceedings, CSIRO was presented with a formal CNBP partner plaque.

CNBP is continuing to deliver transdisciplinary conversations with our partners and looks forward to the current and future benefits of this valuable partnership with CSIRO.

Seeing into the body, one photon at a time

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA30 September 2015:

In support of the official opening of CNBP’s RMIT University research node, a public lecture was undertaken by CNBP Chief Investigator and RMIT Professor, Andrew Greentree on Wednesday September 30th.

The lecture, titled ‘Seeing into the body, one photon at a time’, saw Andrew Greentree discussing the nature of light, quantum physics, and how new understandings are leading to new biological insights. Also explained was the nano biophotonic research that CNBP is currently undertaking, based on this innovative inter-disciplinary research.

With practical demonstrations (including the use of lasers, table tennis balls and an extra long Slinky) interspersing the 60 minute talk, over 200 members of the public attended and experienced first hand, the passion that Andy brings to his work. Feedback from the event was universally positive.

 

 

CNBP’s RMIT node officially launched

RMIT-launch_web29 September 2015:

Senator Bridget McKenzie, Martin Bean Vice Chancellor and President of RMIT University, and Professor Calum Drummond RMIT Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation and Vice-President, jointly launched the RMIT Research Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) at a formal event today, Tuesday September 29, 2015.

The event, which was timed to coincide with the opening of a new $3m  state-of-the-art laboratory for CNBP at RMIT, saw a full turnout, with CNBP representatives from all research nodes (the University of Adelaide, Macquarie University and RMIT), plus invited guests, all in attendance.

In addition to launch speeches by the Senator and RMIT’s Martin Bean and Calum Drummond, were speeches by CNBP Director Mark Hutchinson, CNBP RMIT node leader Brant Gibson and Fiona Cameron, ARC Executive Director for Biological Sciences and Biotechnology.

All looked forward to the exciting discoveries that would take place at CNBP’s RMIT research node, with the event concluding with the formal unveiling of the CNBP plaque, networking opportunities and lab tours for both guests and off-site CNBP researchers.

The new CNBP laboratory facility at RMIT will house two state-of-the-art scanning confocal microscopy systems with the focus on studying florescent properties of nano-particles and biomaterials. Also housed in the new space are staff and research offices, meeting rooms, visitor offices and specimen preparatory areas.

A day of CNBP workshops and presentations took place on the Wednesday, the day following the official launch, with CNBP-RMIT researchers providing an overview and update of their activities to visiting CNBP team members.

 

 

 

Centre workshop at Macquarie University

MQ seminar June 2015_web10 June 2015:

It was a full house at CNBP’s Materials and Bioconjugation Workshop, June 9th 2015.

Hosted at Macquarie University, the full day workshop featured CNBP researchers talking briefly about their project work, followed by five minute Q&As.

Intended as educational overviews, the talks successfully enhanced understanding across the disparate areas of the trans-disciplinary Centre with positive feedback from participants.

A highlight of the day was a 60 minute talk from invited speaker Tiffany Walsh – Professor of BioNanotechnology at the Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University who spoke about her work on molecular simulation and modelling.

The event concluded with further networking and drinks.

Centre workshops at UoA

cnbplogosquare127 March 2015:

CNBP’s University of Adelaide workshop series took place March 25-27th 2015, to a full and interested crowd of CNBP researchers, associate investigators and partners.

Activities included a visit to the University Medical School Laboratories  to better understand capabilities first hand, as well as a visit to  the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).

Also featuring, were workshops and discussions on CNBP’s ‘Pain projects’, Nitric Oxide (NO) probes and Epigenetics sensing.

 

CNBP seminar – Macquarie University

cnbplogosquare117 December 2014: Local Event

Visiting Researcher Professor Sergey Deyev delivered a seminar at Macquarie Node entitled: Multifunctional nanoconstructs for bioimaging and therapy.

Summary: Numerous self-assembly systems have been designed, which allow for control of assembly-disassembly with relatively gentle stimuli. These have applications for the construction of “smart” materials for a number of applications (drug delivery, biosensors, etc.).  We address the stability of the barnase−barstar system (BBS) -“glued” assemblies subject to destruction. To this end, we test their behavior under severe protein denaturing conditions such as high temperature and low pH as well as high salt and chaotropic agent (urea and guanidinium hydrochloride) concentrations.

Alternatively, it is desirable to design materials that are hard to disassemble. For example, self-assembled multifunctional theranostic agents are expected to demonstrate significant stability to ensure retention of all functional modules within a single entity to be able to perform all programmed functions e.g., imaging, drug delivery, stimulus-responsiveness. We studied such robust protein-assisted nanoparticle self-assembly systems based on barnase-barstar, streptavidin-biotin, antibody-antigen, and protein A-immunoglobulin interactions. The barnase-barstar pair is particularly advantageous due to its productions by genetic engineering. N- and C-termini of both proteins are not involved in the molecular interface of the proteins within the complex, so they are available for fusions such as those with antibodies, fluorescent proteins, and bacterial toxins, which can be used as additional functional modules of the hybrid protein-particle constructions.

The results on applications of barnase-barstar platform with important types of the nanoparticles, including quantum dots, luminescent nanodiamonds, colloidal gold, magnetic NPs, luminescent upconversion NPs as well as delivery of pseudomonas exotoxin A and radioisotope to the HER2/neu overexpressing human adenocarcinoma cells are presented.

 

 

CNBP-themed Research Conference at Macquarie University

Andrei and Igor12 December 2014: They just could not stop talking!

Finishing 2014 on a high note the Macquarie CNBP node organized a CNBP-themed  MQ BioFocus Research Conference on 10 December.

An ECR-led Conference Committee comprising Dr Wei Deng, Ms K. Drozdowicz-Tomsia, and Dr Varun Sreenivasan put together an exciting program of talks and posters, covering disciplines from medicine to laser physics.

Rarely have we seen more lively discussions!

The meeting was attended by 70 staff and students from CNBP and Macquarie MQ BioFocus Research Centre led by Professor Ewa Goldys (Deputy Director, CNBP).

CNBP Associate Investigators (pictured above) A/Prof Igor Aharonovich (right) and Andrei Zvyagin (left) have presented their research.

MQ BioFocus Research Centre was established in 2010 and it laid the foundation for the CNBP node at Macquarie.