9 February 2016:
We’re happy to report that Vicky Staikopoulos has started her PhD study at the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics at the University of Adelaide.
Vicky who has worked closely with CNBP researchers in recent years as an assistant researcher and laboratory manager, is looking into the role of NO (nitric oxide) and HNO (nitroxyl) in neuropathic and inflammatory pain mechanisms within the CNS and periphery, as well as their involvement in morphine tolerance.
Using novel sensing tools developed by CNBP chemists (Michelle Zhang and Sabrina Heng) and CNBP physicist (Martin Ploschner), Vicky will be supervised by CNBP Director Prof. Mark Hutchinson and Dr. Elizabeth Beckett, Senior Lecturer in the School of Medical Sciences at the University of Adelaide.
Vicky hopes to identify novel targets for drug development in pain management and improve the effectiveness of current pain medication by increasing the understanding of drug tolerance using unique, CNBP generated, sensing and imaging tools for the first time.
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.
15 August 2015:
CNBP Director Prof. Mark Hutchinson and Centre researcher Vicky Staikopoulos were talking Pirate Photons at the ‘Kids Navigate Neuroscience’ outreach event, coordinated and hosted by the University of Adelaide Medical School, August 15, 2015.
The event, supported by the Centre of Nanoscale BioPhotonics, contributed to National Science Week activity, and saw 250 children aged 6-12 in attendance. Over an action packed four hours the children explored how the brain and nervous system work in a fun and hands-on way by participating in a series of interactive neuroscience exhibits created by University faculty members and health sciences/medical students.
Feedback from the event was universally positive, with children gaining the opportunity to engage with science content in an entertaining and and approachable way.
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.
25 November 2014: Engaging with regional highs school students
A small team of CNBP researcher (A/Prof Andrew Greentree; Dr Arun Dass, Ms Vicky Staikopoulos and Dr Kathy Nicholson met with over 100 Year 8 and 9 students at Port Lincoln High School to talk about Nanoscale BioPhotonics, Careers in science, and an exploration of physics, and the way that air can lead to surprising results. In this image we see the use of pressure difference for levitation of a ball.
The Port Lincoln Times ran an article about this activity
3 October 2014 – Information sharing with the Scientific community.
Vicky Staikopoulos presented her research in a poster at Flinders University as pat of an annual CNS Collaborators Day workshop.