CNBP PhD Student Ms Yuan Qi Yeoh enjoyed a two week collaborative visit with Prof Xuefeng Guo’s team at Peking University. Working with Peking University PhD student Xinjiani Chen on a research project involving the molecular dynamics of the secondary structure of a cyclic photoswitchable peptide.
Yuan Qi had the opportunity to participate in the fabrication process of the single-molecule devices. Specifically, they carried out temperature-dependent experiments using their advanced facilities to probe the molecular dynamics of the secondary structure upon photoswitching.
Yuan Qi says that “It was a great opportunity to collaborate with colleagues at Peking University in such high impact research and enjoyed working in their sophisticated research labs”
7 June 2018:
CNBP’s Dr Jiawen Li has given a science talk at the College of Optical Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, China, 7th June, 2018. The talk’s title was ‘Miniaturized multimodal fibre-optic probes for biomedical applications’.
While at the college, Dr Li also visited laboratories specialising in super resolution microscopy, holography and optical coherence tomograpy (OCT). She also shared with undergraduate and master students, her experiences of studying in both the United States and Australia, and provided her perspective on potential career paths for post-doctorate researchers.
18 March 2015
Professor Ewa Goldys from the MQ node welcomed a new visitor this week.
Professor Montarop Yamabhai is affiliated with the School of Biotechnology, Suranaree University of Technology Suranari Nakhon Ratchasima in Thailand. She is a recipient of the Endeavour fellowship and she will spend 2 months at Macquarie University.
Montarop and Ewa plan to develop a joint program in the area of biosensing with peptides. They are planning student exchanges and joint funding applications.
28 January 2015: Department of Pharmacology, Oxford University.
“Taking a closer look at vitamin B12”, delivered by CNBP researcher Dr Georgios Tsiminis and co-author Dr Joanna Brooks from the ARC Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing at the Australian National University.
The talk gave an overview on the potential for using Raman spectroscopy as a minimally invasive tool to measure and track vitamin B12 levels in humans. Vitamin B12 deficiency has been identified as a potential modifiable risk factor for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in later life and is also the mechanism through which pernicious anaemia affects humans (vitamin B12 does not get absorbed through food due to lack of intrinsic factor). Current techniques for measuring vitamin B12 in humans, such as microbial growth and ELISAs, are both resource- and time-consuming, resulting in the general population not being regularly tested for vitamin B12 deficiency. Our aim is to produce a portable device that can measure vitamin B12 and its associated chemical compounds in a reproducible, reliable, fast and minimally-invasive manor. In this talk we explained the basic principles of Raman spectroscopy and showed some initial results that generated great interest at Oxford, who have asked us to keep them up to date with future developments on our work.
To find out a bit more about this presentation see Martyn Hooper’s Blog post “the Blog from he chair of the Pernicious Anaemia Society.