Molecular Biophotonics

Molecular biophotonics uses molecules and light to address major multidisciplinary questions at the interface of chemistry and biology.

We have internationally recognised expertise in biospectroscopy and bioimaging including state-of-the-art experimental capacity in super-resolution microscopy, Raman and infrared spectroscopy and ultrasound, and we regularly utilise the world class facilities of the Australian Synchrotron. We combine this technical know-how with our deep chemical knowledge and an extensive international collaboration network to provide unique research solutions.

We are currently investigating:

  • new ways to detect and kill super bugs
  • detection and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and Motor Neuron Disease
  • diagnosis of blood borne diseases such as malaria and sepsis
  • how viruses such as rabies and Hendra remodel the cell
  • how cells respond to and repair DNA damage
  • new drugs for pain relief
  • improving current chemotherapeutics for cancer treatments
  • developing new radiopharmaceuticals for in vivo tumour imaging

We collaborate widely with world leaders in biology and biophotonics including at Leipzig and Würzburg Universities in Germany, Leuven University in Belgium, Oxford, Cambridge, Manchester and Warwick Universities in the UK, Michigan State and Utah Universities in the USA and Jagiellonian University Poland.