ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics

ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics

ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics

Developing tools to help us understand how cells function at a nanoscale level.

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) focuses on creating new light-based imaging and sensing tools to measure the inner workings of cells inside the living body.

The CNBP is led by the University of Adelaide, with research focused nodes at Macquarie University and RMIT University. The Centre also has international partners around the world and draws from a pool of expertise in fields as diverse as engineering, physics, chemistry, materials science and medicine. This collaboration aims to create the biomedical tools of tomorrow.

The mission

CNBP's research is working to transform our current understanding of health and disease. The advanced tools this ARC develops enable living cells and tissues to be examined in unprecedented detail, deepening our understanding of the human body and other living organisms.

This research has wide-reaching implications for medical evaluations and scientific discoveries. By offering insights into the nanoscale processes that underpin all life, an opportunity to explore and extend the limits of science is being undertaken, in areas ranging from chronic pain, to heart disease, to fertility and reproduction.

The Centre aims to add to a proud tradition of Australian innovations and technologies by focusing on the science that will build the country’s economic future and foster its talented young researchers.

Research themes

Founded on ambition, research at CNBP is organised into four overlapping themes:

  • Illuminate: creating new light sources, targeting cells and molecules in the body.
  • Recognise: developing smart surfaces for nanoparticles and photonic structures.
  • Measure: building nanophotonic architectures to enhance light-matter interaction.
  • Discover: identifying molecular changes using advanced sensors.

The primary biological challenges driving our research are:

  • measuring embryonic metabolism and determining how life begins
  • identifying the role of immune signals in the creation of chronic pain
  • measuring nitric oxide in functional blood vessels to determine impact on heart disease

The team

Professor Mark Hutchinson is the CNBP Director and he’s backed by a diverse team that ensures the ARC remains cutting-edge. Professor Ewa Goldys is the Deputy Director of the Centre and is based at Macquarie University alongside Discover Theme Leader Professor Nicolle Packer, and Node Leader Professor James Piper.

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