Tuesday, June 29, 2021 | 10:00 AM CEST | 6:00 PM AEST

BioAFM & NanoIR: New Insights into Nanomechanical and High-Resolution Chemical Analysis

presented by Natalia Pierges, Ph.D. (Institute of Nuclear Physics PAN ) and Aaron Elbourne, Ph.D. (RMIT University)

Discover groundbreaking life science and biomedical research

Join us and our guest speakers for expert-led, exclusive presentations and live Q&A exploring their work and the latest techniques and applications of BioAFM and NanoIR in life science and biomedical research. Topics of interest will include:

10:05 AM - 10:30 AM CEST | 25 MINUTES

The Drug/Metal Nanocarrier Connection: Characterization and Imaging Using Nanoscale Infrared Spectroscopy

Natalia Piergies, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Institute of Nuclear Physics
Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

10:30 AM - 10:55 AM CEST | 25 MINUTES

Probing Bio-Interfaces using Atomic Force Microscopy and Complementary Techniques

Aaron Elbourne, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Science
RMIT University, Australia

Learn about the latest research and applications in nanomechanical and nanoscale chemical imaging

Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) is an advanced multi-parametric imaging technique that enables the 3D imaging of the surface topography of living biological samples in the nm-range, the characterization of nanomechanical properties, and the visualization of structural changes occurring at the molecular level. Nanoscale Infrared (NanoIR) spectroscopy and imaging measures spatially varying physical and chemical properties with nanoscale spatial resolution in samples as diverse as polymers, thin films, monolayers, and biological materials.

Our guest speakers will provide insights into their work using these techniques and speak on exciting applications in the field of life science and biomedical research. Dr. Natalia Piergies will speak on the use of nanoscale IR spectroscopy and imaging to study and improve drug delivery systems using drug/metal nanocarriers. Dr. Aaron Elbourne will speak on combining BioAFM with high-resolution imaging techniques to investigate virus-like particles (VLPs), nanoparticle-cell interactions, and cell-virus adhesion.

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Natalia Piergies, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Experimental Physics of Complex Systems, Institute of Nuclear Physics PAN

Dr. Natalia Piergies is a specialist in surface-enhanced vibrational spectroscopy. She obtained her Ph.D. in 2014 from the Jagiellonian University. She joined the Department of Experimental Physics of Complex Systems at the Institute of Nuclear Physics PAN as an Assistant Professor in 2016.

Her scientific interest is focused on the application of metal nanoparticles as drug carriers which may improve the effectiveness of cancer therapies. She investigates the relationship between the drug/nanocarrier connection and the activity of these conjugates in in-vitro models.

Aaron Elbourne, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Science, RMIT University

Dr. Aaron Elbourne is a postdoctoral research fellow within the School of Science at RMIT University. He currently holds a Jack Brockhoff Foundation Early Career Medical Research Fellowship and is a leader within RMIT’s ECR network. He obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2017 from The University of Newcastle, Australia under the supervision of Professor Erica J. Wanless. He began his postdoctoral fellowship in February of 2017. His early research focused on molecular-resolution atomic force microscopy (AFM) imaging, with an emphasis on fundamental ion adsorption at the solid-liquid interface.

His current research has 'shifted gears' focusing on anti-microbial surface and particle technologies and bio-interfacial studies. He has a passion for research with real-world applications and industrial translation. More broadly, he is interested in developing next-generation vaccine technologies, antimicrobial technologies, anti-cancer antibodies, and new methods for combating antibiotic resistance.

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