January 2015 – Summer student at Adelaide Node
Working with Dr Jinxian Yu and the recognise theme; Ms Yuan Yeoh has spent 6 weeks as a University of Adelaide summer research student. It has been a pleasure to participate in a summer research project. This has given me an opportunity to learn, as well as to polish my lab skills. I feel happy to utilise the scientific knowledge into real-life applications. A summary of her project is described below.
Synthesis of Azobenzene as a Photo-inducible Molecular Switch
Azobenzene changes configuration (cis & trans) when illuminated with light of particular wavelength. This molecular switch can be incorporated into functional molecules, such as proteins, sensors, electronic devices, etc. Thus, by controlling the configuration of the switch, the electron transfer in functional molecules can be fine tuned.
January 2015: Encouraging future scientists
Mr Hieu Tran from Fremont Elizabeth City High School spent a week with Dr Sabring Heng at Adelaide University gaining an insight into scientific research.
Hieu is very interested in science and hopes to do research in the future.
9 January 2015:
Rupert Parry, a Physics student from University of Sydney and budding movie Director joined Prof Ewa Goldys as a vacation scholar for a 6 week project to review and improve CNBP science communication efforts.
November 2014: High School Work Experience
Mr Julian Greentree spent a week in the neuroimmunopharmacology laboratory working with CNBP researchers Ms Vicky Staikopoulos and Dr Sanam Mustafa.
During this time Julian was trained in cell culture techniques and novel clearing histological techniques in the development phases for later rollout in biophotonics projects.
1 November 2014: Summary scholarships for Undergraduates
Mr Dean Southwood and Ms Claudia Cammarata have received Merit Scholar Research Scholarships to work with with CNBP researchers Helen Deng and Prof Ewa Goldys on the project “Liposome nanoparticles for photodynamic therapy of cancer cells”.
20 October 2014: FIGJAM award
Professor Hutchinson was awarded the coveted University of Adelaide “Fig Jam Award” from first year science coordinator Dr Velta Vingelis for a recent lecture to undergraduate students. In the words of Dr Vingelis: I also know for a fact that kids were all amazed and that many will be emailing you, stalking you, in general harrassing you for the opprtunity to work/volunteer in your laboratory. You left an indelible impression on the students and myself.
15 October 2014: Information showcase for 3rd year students
CNBP researchers Dr Georgios Tsiminis and AI Sharaam Afshar joined other University of Adelaide physicists to talk to third year Physics students about postgraduate opportunities.
29 – 30 September 2014 – Work Experience.
Ms Amy Beecham from St Dominic’s Priory College spent 2 -days with the Spark of Life Biological Challenge working with Ms Lesley Ritter.
During this time Amy had the opportunity to observe and participate in bovine ovary aspiration, oocyte collection, bovine IVF, cell culture, and protein purification.
If you would like to find out about work experience opportunities at the CNBP please contact Kathy Nicholson at kathy.nicholson@ adelaide.edu.au
8 July 2014: Students from Ananyang Polytech visit Adelaide for work-experience
Initiated by Dr Sabrina Heng, four students from Ananyant Polytech in Singapore spent 12 weeks working with local scientist. This ongoing partnership provides on the job research experience for the students, and mentoring opportunities for early career researchers at Adelaide.
25 June 2014: Engaging with high school students
Today professor Ewa Goldys from the MQ Node of CNBP was busy showing the miracle of laser-based holography to a work experience student Amelia Caleye from the Performing Arts High School (Newtown High) (left). Colleagues from the Faculty of Human Sciences Jane Franklin (right) and Travis.Wearne (PhD/Masters of Clinical Neuroscience) were very happy to join as well.
Macquarie has one of the world’s largest holograms on permanent display. It is entitled “To absent friends” and it represents a scene inside of a pub before during and at the end of the party night in 1986 (incidentally, attended by our Node Director, Professor Jim Piper). It was created by an artist Paula Dobson in 1989.