18 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.
23 August 2016
CNBP researchers from the University of Adelaide, Michelle Zhang and Sabrina Heng, have undertaken a school outreach session at St. Ignatius College, Adelaide, August 23, 2016.
The scientists spoke to two groups of children in an early-learning program about the science of light and the use of light in medicine. Several hands-on activities were also then run for the children to demonstrate that science can be fun as well as educational.
- the use of UV-sensitive beads for making into a bracelet that was then worn for several outdoor activities
- sunscreen applied to the beads to teach how sunscreen protects against sun-burn
- the use of spectroscopes that can diffract room-light into a series of colourful bands at differing wavelengths (the students were asked to draw what they saw)
- a simple kit that converted youtube videos to holograms
- and CNBP colouring-in sheets that demonstrate life at the nanoscale
Positive feedback from the teachers at St. Ignatius College and also the parents of the children that attended the session was received over the course of a very fulfilling day!
21 August 2015:
CNBP researchers Michelle Zhang and Vicky Staikopoulos visited Allenby Gardens Primary School in Adelaide during National Science Week. They talked to 30+ Year 5 students about the power of light and its use in medical research and diagnosis.
This included discussions on fluorescence in Nature and biology, and the use of advanced optical fibres, probes and lasers to better understand the living body.
Students at this outreach session were also provided with a demonstration illustrating the ‘exciting’ properties of light. Ultraviolet detecting beads containing pigments that change color when exposed to the sun, were used to show the impact of light on differing materials.
18 August 2015:
In a school visit organised by the Smith Family Charity as a part of National Science Week, CNBP researcher Michelle Zhang and CNBP Honours student Irene Willcocks, gave a 45 min talk and science demonstration to over 20 students at Playford Primary School, Northern Adelaide.
During the outreach session, the students (ranging from Year 2 to Year 6), learnt more about the science of light as well as its application in medicine.
Demonstrations involved the use of UV-active beads (which gain colour with the application of UV light) and each child was given a couple of beads to take home as a souvenir.
Also demonstrated was the use of fluorophore and fibre for use in medical research and diagnosis, in what was an enjoyable and educational session for all participants.
February 2015: Welcome:
CNBP Adelaide Node are pleased to welcome new CNBP Research Fellow commencing in January/February 2015.
- Jenny Butler who is joined the Recognise theme on January 28th
- Peipei Jia who joined the Measure and Illuminate theme on January 31st
- Xiaozhou (Michelle) Zhang who joined the Recognise theme on February 9
- John Horsley who joined the Recognise theme on February 9
8 January 2015: Adelaide seminar series
CNBP ECRs Michelle Zhang, Daniel Stubing and Malcolm Purdey delivered short presentations about this work on photo switches and chemical sensors as part of the IPAS Seminar series.