Macquarie University is one of the three pillars of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP).
In collaboration with nodes at the University of Adelaide and RMIT University, and with partner institutions across the globe, Macquarie and its team of over 40 researchers and students is working to develop “windows to the body”, new light based sensing tools that will unlock our understanding of the human body at a cellular and molecular level.
In bringing together research across disciplines that includes photonics, biochemistry, medicine, engineering, material science and more, CNBP reimagines the biomedical tools of tomorrow – exploring the fertile interface where multiple academic disciplines overlap. Advances in novel methodologies will allow interrogation of biomolecules in cells and tissues within the living organisms and in real time.
Macquarie Professors Ewa Goldys and Nicki Packer lead research themes within the CNBP. Professor Goldys integrates optical and chemical sensing technologies to carry out novel types of biological measurements. Professor Packer uses modern analytical technologies to find targets for the probes so that they can detect and measure molecular changes.
The translational impact of CNBP research is evidenced by the 2015 Eureka Award winning technology of Superdots®. Superdots® are fluorescing nanocrystals – the world’s smallest flashlights. They provide a method for lighting up and identifying target diseased cells. The Superdots® were invented at Macquarie by a team led by Professor Dayong Jin, currently at the University of Technology Sydney and Macquarie University. Other collaborative recipients of this Eureka award are Professor Tanya Monro from the University of South Australia and University of Adelaide, and Bradley Walsh, CEO of Minomic International and Adjunct Professor at Macquarie University.
CNBP research will have a truly transformative impact on our understanding of the nanoscale processes forming the basis of life and the way the human body can be clinically evaluated.