Medical researchers face a hurdle when studying cells under an optical microscope — the laws of physics. Obtaining an image of anything below a certain size is complicated; optical apertures and the wavelength of visible light play havoc with clarity. Known as the diffraction limit, it was first encountered by German physicist Ernst Abbe in 1873, and limits the resolution to 200 nanometres (nm) at best (or 200 billionths of a metre). Continue reading
CNBP is happy to announce its newest Research Fellow based at Macquarie University, Dr Simone De Camillis.
Simone will be working with CNBP Chief Investigator Prof. Jim Piper and his team to further explore the UCNP super-resolution technology for advanced biological applications, as well as collaborate across the wider CNBP community.
Simone completed his PhD at Queen’s University Belfast where he investigated ultrafast electrodynamics in nucleosides and aromatic amino acids. Studying the photo-chemistry of the building blocks of life is a fundamental step for understanding processes leading to mutation, damage and the alteration of the biological functions of the relative macro-molecule.
He has also worked as experimental physicist at the French Research Centre CEA in the optical characterisation of HgCdTe Infrared array detectors used for space and astrophysics applications.
His expertise includes femtosecond and attosecond laser technology, pump-probe interferometric systems, ultrafast molecular dynamics and time-of-flight mass spectroscopy.
Welcome to the team Simone!