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Key player in GPCR research to visit CNBP

sanam Mustafa14 November 2016:

Dr Sanam Mustafa has organised the visit to CNBP of a key player in the field of G protein-coupled receptors research, Professor Graeme Milligan.

The visit will take place in Adelaide, Friday 25th November 2016 – If you would like to chat with Professor Milligan please contact Dr Sanam Mustafa via email (sanam.mustafa@adelaide.edu.au).

Professor Milligan’s main research group centres on the function, structure and regulation of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) and their interacting proteins. He has published some 500 peer-reviewed articles on these topics. His research has been cited more than 24,000 times. Professor Graeme Milligan graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Birmingham. He went on to do his PhD at the University of Nottingham. Graeme was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1998 and, amongst various honours, was the recipient of the Ariens Award for pharmacology from the Dutch Pharmacological Society in 2006 and the JR Vane Medal for Pharmacology from the British Pharmacological Society in 2016. Professor Milligan is currently a Professor of Molecular Pharmacology, Dean of Research, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences and a Gardiner Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Glasgow. Professor Milligan is also a non-executive director and co-founder of the company Caldan Therapeutics which is searching for novel treatments for type II diabetes.

Professor Milligan will first present a keynote address at the Adelaide Pharmacology Group Meeting at the National Wine Centre on Friday 25th, followed by an afternoon tour of CNBP and one-to-one meetings.



CNBP researcher at precision sensing workshop

Jingxian Yu_low_sq26 October 2016:

Dr Jingxian Yu, CNBP researcher has attended the Workshop on Precision Sensing for Defence, held at the Australian National University on October 23-25th 2016. The workshop was by invitation only with the aim of presenting and discussing Australia’s strengths in precision sensing technology, and to plan for collaborative arrangements to advance Australian precision sensing thorough the newly launched Next Generation Fund.

CNBP researcher visits China

Michelle-Zhang_1_sq18 October 2016:

CNBP researcher Michelle Zhang has spent time in China meeting and discussing CNBP related science with researchers at the Institute of Immunology,  Chinese Academy of Science in Beijing (Oct 13th) and at the Biology Institute of Shandong Academy of Sciences (Oct 17th-18th).

Michelle first met with Professor Lixin Zhang and his team at the Institute of Immunology of Chinese Academy of Science in Beijing where a senior researcher, Fuhang Song gave her a tour of their facilities. She also attended a group meeting and gave a presentation about her research as well as talking about wider CNBP activity. While there she listened to the presentations of three of their group members and had helpful discussions based on the topics of the development of novel antibiotics and the biosensing of multi drug resistant microbial. Potential future collaborations were also explored.

At the Biology Institute of Shandong Academy of Sciences, Michelle visited Professor Changheng Liu, senior researcher Chunyuan Bi and their teams, while also undertaking a tour of their facilities with a focus on their biosensing device developing laboratories. Researchers also showed her their work in the development of biosensing devices for lactose and hydrogen peroxide. Once again detailed discussions about potential future collaboration possibilities were undertaken.

Large scale production of biocompatible nano-alumina

407 December 2014: Manuscript  accepted in Langmuir

Large-scale production and characterisation of biocompatible colloidal nano-alumina

Wan Aizuddin bin W Razali , Varun K. A. Sreenivasan , Ewa M. Goldys , and Andrei V Zvyagin

Abstract: Rapid uptake of nanomaterials in Life Sciences calls for the development of universal, high-yield techniques for their production and interfacing with biomolecules. Top-down methods take advantage of the existing variety of bulk and thin film solid-state materials for improved prediction and control of the resultant nanomaterial properties. We demonstrate the power of this approach using high-energy ball milling (HEBM) of alumina (Al2O3). Nano-alumina particles of the mean size 25 nm in its most stable α-crystallographic phase were produced in gram quantities, suitable for biological and biomedical applications. Nanomaterial contamination from zirconia balls used in HEBM was reduced from 19% to 2% using a selective acid etching procedure. The biocompatibility of the milled nanomaterial was demonstrated by forming stable colloids in water and physiological buffers, corroborated by zeta potentials of +40 mV and -40 mV, and characterized by in vitro cytotoxicity assays. Finally, the feasibility of milled nano-alumina surface to anchor a host of functional groups and biomolecules was demonstrated by functionalisation of their surface using a facile silane chemistry, resulting in decoration of the nanoparticle surface with amino groups suitable for further conjugation of biomolecules.

The full article is available from the Lanmuir website

Fortnightly Sensing Meetings at University of Adelaide

georgios TsiminisOctober 2014: Sensing Meetings

Sensing meetings will be held at the University of Adelaide every second Thursday (10:30 -11:30) in the Braggs Building 2.14

The idea is that one or two members of the theme will be chosen to present a brief (strictly no more than 15 min) talk about either their work or on a paper in the literature that is of interest to the theme – volunteers will be appreciated and encouraged! Besides that a general overview of activities, existing problems, insights and new opportunities will be discussed too.

If you would like further information about these meetings please contact Dr Georgios Tsiminis

CNBP ECR Network Commences

CNBPlogoSquare21 August 2014: CNBP ECR Network

Early career researchers from University of Adelaide Node held their first meeting with the goal of breaking down the language barriers between disciplines.  Meetings will be hosted monthly with the goal of linking in with ECRs at other nodes in the future.

If you would like find out more about the ECR network please contact Sabrina Heng