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Prof Mark Hutchinson, Director, CNBP

“In 2014 the CNBP started its journey with the vision to create new windows into the body with a research program that spanned physics, chemistry biology and medicine.

This program of Academic Excellence grew alongside the three other CNBP pillars of Quality Communication, a Nurturing Environment and Commercial Impact.

From this Centre of Excellence has grown industry transformational technologies, fundamental science discoveries and the next generation of scientific leaders who are equipped with the skills to take Australian science from the lab bench to the board room.

The CNBP encompasses a team that will have long lasting impact.”

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Prof Brian Wilson, Chair, CNBP International Science Committee, University Health Network, Canada

“CNBP has taken nanobiophotonics science and technology into two new applications fields — reproduction and pain — and has established global leadership in these.”

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Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea AM, Chair, Nurturing Environment Committee, Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS) Executive Director

“With an inclusive strategy and visionary leadership, the CNBP actively applies an intersectional lens across the four pillars of this collaborative centre of excellence. The CNBP fosters an environment where people feel respected and valued so they can perform at their best. Importantly the CNBP reflects to identify new challenges to address. This empowers CNBP faculty, students and staff to generate their best ideas and excel in research and innovation.”

Andrew Gooley

Dr Andrew Gooley, Chair, CNBP Commercialisation Committee; Chief Scientific Officer, Trajan Scientific and Medical

“CNBP has developed a significant portfolio of technologies from its research at the nanoscale, leading to the establishment of several start-up companies.  The Centre’s culture of transparency, collaboration, and engaged and open exchange, including a committee dedicated to research commercialisation, has been key to this success.”


Dr Lindsay Parker, Early Career Researcher and Associate Investigator, Macquarie University Node

“CNBP has been key to shaping my professional and personal advancement as an early career researcher, helping me to develop into a respected researcher through constant support and guidance on academic endeavours such as manuscripts and grants as well and communication and outreach activities.

I have achieved academic success and recognition far beyond what I thought possible for myself before working with CNBP and they have influenced me greatly to seek out establishing multidisciplinary collaborations, which has shaped all aspects of my career from research interests to outreach activities communicating my science to the general public.”

Susannah Eliott

Dr Susannah Eliott, CEO Australian Science Media Centre

“The work of the CNBP is exciting and exceedingly varied. From detecting cancer and aiding brain surgery to improving the outcomes of IVF and dealing with chronic pain, the CNBP not only does fundamental research but also aids the work of clinicians, researchers and industry in a wide range of fields.

Nanoscale biophotonics research is not an easy field to convey to the public and the CNBP has done an excellent job of making their work accessible and relevant to journalists, industry, policy makers and the wider public.”

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Prof Dennis Matthews, CNBP International Science Committee, Director Centre of BioPhotonics, Science & Technology: UC Davis

“CNBP was created to address critical needs in developing fibre optic technologies, sensors and advanced imaging systems for agricultural, medical, reproductive science and biomedical applications.

They have done an excellent job of positioning themselves at the forefront of the global R&D community in this space and have delivered some outstanding advancements that are already being deployed in the clinic as well as agriculture.

CNBP science and education approaches have also created a novel template for a new generation of interdisciplinary researchers with extraordinary skills and knowledge of great value to their careers and employers.”


Dr Andrew Care – CNBP Alumnus (PhD) and Associate Investigator, Macquarie University Node

“The CNBP provides early career researchers, like myself, with a nurturing environment that fosters creativity and research excellence. Personally, the CNBP has served as the perfect springboard for my career and continues to shape the way I approach my research.”

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Dr Jiawen Li – CNBP Associate Investigator, University of Adelaide Node

“Through CNBP, my research network has been significantly expanded. CNBP has created a nurturing environment and given me many exciting opportunities that I had never imagined: productive cross-disciplinary multi-institute collaborations, supportive mentors who are world-leading experts, sincere friends who I can lean on and understand my career struggles, and the list goes on.”

Dr Melanie Bagg, Chair, CNBP Education and Outreach Committee; CEO National Youth Science Forum

“CNBP was an early innovator in terms of Science Communication. Their range of communication channels and the different types of content are testament to their ethos that it’s not enough to create amazing science, you need to communicate that science effectively and with maximum impact.

I have been proud to work with CNBP to develop innovative and proactive strategies to communicate CNBP science to both specialist and mainstream audiences.”


Ms Minakshi Das, PhD Student, Macquarie University Node

“CNBP helped me establish in the multidisciplinary global research community by providing exposure to scientific scenarios and by supporting me to build research collaborations.”

Kylie Dunning

Dr Kylie Dunning, Chief Investigator – Reproductive Success, Adelaide Node

“Being part of CNBP has made me a better science communicator. I have learned how to effectively deliver complex ideas from biology, chemistry and physics to diverse audiences in the scientific community and to the general public. Such engagement is important for the advancement of science as a whole.”