Archive for May 2014

Tumour models based on plasma micropatterning to be published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces

Michelle’s work on the micropatterning of plasma polymers to prepare arrays of multicellular tumour spheroids will be published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces

TOC2aterials and Interfaces.

Workshop on biosensors and microsystems, 2nd of June

Following on the World Biosensing Meeting in Melbourne, Prof Tabrizian and Dr Livache will visit the Bionanoengineering group at the University of South Australia and present their research. We will host a workshop on biosensing and microsystems on Monday the 2nd of June (10-12:30) in the lecture theatre of the Ian Wark Research Institute. This event will also be the opportunity to hear about some of the exiting research conducted in Adelaide in this field and we welcome you to join us.


10-10:40: Prof Maryam Tabrizian: Enabling Microsystems for Biomedical Applications

Prof Tabrizian is Professor of Biomedical Engineering at McGill University and the Director of the Centre for Biorecognition and Biosensors. The principal areas of her research are cell-implant interactions and multifunctional biointerfaces for application in biorecognition systems, controlled release systems, and bone engineering. She has published over 100 research articles in the last 5 years on these topic and will present the research in microsystems conducted in her group.

10:40-11:20: Dr Thierry Livache: Seeing biological interactions using SPRimaging : from fundamental studies to industrial applications

Dr Livache is a group leader at the Institute of Nanosciences and Cryogeny at CEA-Grenoble (France). His researches focus on the grafting of biomolecules on surfaces for the construction of biochips and the development of associated analytical approaches including SPRimaging. His group is also involved in applications of these microsystems, from immunoassays to cell screening and bacteria detection and in the field of electronic tongues. He cofounded the companies Genoptics (SPRimaging) in 2002 now included in the Horiba Jobin-Yvon group and PrestoDiag in 2012 (bacteria detection).

11:30-11:50: Dr Alexandre Francois: Surface plasmon resonance fiber sensor: advantages of scattering over transmission

Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing, Australia

11:50-12:10: Dr Beatriz Prieto Simon: Tailored three-dimensional bioplatforms for ultrasensitive analytical devices

Mawson Institute, University of South Australia

12:10-12:30: Mr. Tran Duy Phu: Ultrasensitive and Label-free Silicon Nanowire Biosensors

Ian Wark Research Institute, University of South Australia



Presentations at the World congress on Biosensors

Aidan, Marnie, Duy and Chih-Tsung will be attending the World congress on Biosensors in Melbourne, 27-30 May 2014. They will present their work in various sessions of the meeting:

  • M. Winter, L. Diéguez, B. Thierry. Negative enrichment and analysis of rare cancer cells using microfluidics and imaging flow cytometry.
  • D. Tran Phu, B. Wolfrum, R. Stockmann, A. Offenhausser, B.Thierry. Fabrication of silicon nanowire biosensor for label-free detection of the prognostic cancer marker ALCAM.
  • A. Cousins, G. Balalis, S.K. Thompson, A.B. Wedding, B. Thierry. Magnetic identification of sentinel lymph nodes in a swine model using a magnetometer probe
  • C.T. Yang, J.H. Pai, H.Y. Hsu, A.B. Wedding, B. Thierry, Biofunctionalized gold nanorods enhanced long range surface plasmon resonance for ultrasensitive detection of cancer biomarker







Congratulations to Chia Chi and Wan for being awarded an ECR International Travel Award

Chia Chi and Wan have been awarded a University of South Australia Early Career Research International Travel Award.

Chia Chi will visit the Institute of Biofunctional Materials at the Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden, one of the largest polymer research centre in Europe. She will be working with Prof Carsten Werner towards the development of vascularized tumour models. Wan will be visiting the Bionanomechanics Lab at Lehigh University.

Benjamin discusses cancer prognostic technologies in ITEE Innovator

Read the article here.

Mike’s paper on Molecular Photo-Thermal Optical Coherence Phase Microscopy to be published in RSC Advance

Congratulation to Mike for the acceptation of his article “Molecular Photo-Thermal Optical Coherence Phase Microscopy Using Gold Nanorods” in RSC Advance. This study, conducted in collaboration with the Centre for Regenerative Medicine at Edinburgh University, demonstrate for the first time the possibility to image, with a cellular resolution, specific biomarkers using photothermal OCPM.

RSC Adv 2014

XRF study of nanoparticle intratumoral distribution to be published in Nanoscale

Congratulation to Michelle, Ivan and the team at the Australian synchrotron, our manuscript reporting on the excellent potential of state-of-the-art synchrotron X-ray Fluorescence Microscopy (XFM) to provide quantitative mapping of the distribution of metallic nanomaterials inside model tumor tissues  will be published soon in the RSC journal Nanoscale.


Duy to travel to for 6 months at the Forschungszentrum Jülich

Congratulation to Duy who will be going back to the Peter Grünberg Institute / Institute of Complex Systems at the Forschungszentrum Jülich to continue working on the development of ultrasensitive silicon nanowire sensors in Prof Offenhäusser’s group.