The Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences (CBMS) is part of the Faculty of Science and has around 20 academic staff and 60 higher degree research students making us one of the most research-intensive departments on campus. The Department is located in buildings F7B and E8C, adjacent to the University's Research Park........Read On
Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences
Welcome to the Department
Welcome to the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences (CBMS). Our department is a merger of staff from the former Department of Chemistry and a group of staff from the biology discipline that study cells and biological processes from a molecular perspective. These two areas of the university have long traditions of teaching and research excellence. This realignment is an exciting one as it will ensure that the innovative university can maintain its high profile and success in these key disciplines of 21st century science. If you are a prospective undergraduate or postgraduate student and would like further personalised career or degree advice we would be happy for you to contact any member of academic staff listed in this site.
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Cysteine proteases (CPs), also known as thiol proteases, are enzymes whose activities have been linked to viral replication and human ailments such as the Alzheimers, Parkinsons and Huntingtons disease.
Sm and Sm-like (Lsm) proteins are central to RNA metabolism, involved in diverse processes such as pre-mRNA splicing and telomere formation. In humans, these proteins are implicated in the autoimmune response.
Microelectrodes as small as 100 nm (1/1000th the diameter of a human hair) can be used to monitor chemical reactions occuring in the living cells of the brain....
Understanding the processes by which learning occurs and teaching is conducted in the laboratory will help us design learning experiences that are effective educational tools.
Marine Chemical Ecology: bioactive natural products are selectively concentrated by marine organisms from their prey.
DNA interaclating Ru metal complexes self-associate to form oligomers that can be studied by NMR spectroscopy.
An Ethnopharmacological Study of Medicinal Plants in NSW. This project is a unique collaboration between Aboriginal communities and researchers in the fields of Environmental Law, Indigenous Studies, Ethnobotany, Natural Products and Medicinal Chemistry and Microbiology.
Locating and measuring the sources and sinks of greenhouse gases such as methane is important if we are to fully understand the impact of human activities on the Earth. This sheep is having its methane emissions quantified, for entry into the Australian Greenhouse Gas Inventory.
Filamentous fungi are amongst the most productive protein secretors known. They therefore provide an exciting and productive host system for the production of industrially-relevant proteins.
Identifying new grapevine biomarkers is useful for monitoring plant health under stress aiding the minimizing of water wastage.
Identifying protein biomarkers in Sydney rock oysters can be used to monitor and detect toxic levels of heavy metal contamination in Sydney harbour.
The black Périgord truffle is well known for its unique texture, pungent odor and earthy taste. A highly prized delicacy, it fetches an exorbitant price in world markets. Despite this, fairly little is known about its biology and biochemistry. Further, the harvest of these truffles has declined dramatically partly due to changes in climate and loss of arable land. Thus, details on the ecology, biology, and behavior of the black Périgord truffle are essential. A new study published in the Journal of Proteome Research now describes the functional characterization of novel proteins of the black truffle, providing potential biomarkers of authenticity, freshness, and perfume maturation. Details of the study can be found in Islam, M. T.; Mohamedali, A.; Garg, G.; Khan, J. M.; Gorse, A.; Parsons, J.; Marshall, P.; Ranganathan, S.; Baker, M. S. J. Proteome Res. 2013, 12 (12), 5349-5356.
Posted by Peter Karuso on 11 Dec 2013
Hosted by the Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), more than 150 guests attended the University's annual Research Excellence Awards on 26th Nov 2013.
CBMS had a great result last night at the MQ Awards, with 3 Highly Commended nominations (Paulsen & Tetu, Dayong, Andersen) with Jin Dayong taking out the Research Award in Science & Engineering and Morten Thaysen-Andersen winning the ECR Award in Science & Engineering.
Excellence in Research – Science & Engineering: Dr Dayong Jin, Faculty of Science for 'SUPER Dot molecular probes: Finding a needle in a haystack'
Early Career Researcher of the Year – Science & Engineering: Dr Morten Thaysen-Andersen, Faculty of Science
Posted by Michelle Kang on 27 Nov 2013
Shabnam was awarded 2nd prize in the student presentations at:
The 6th Asia & Oceania Conference on Photobiology: 'Life on a Sun-Drenched Planet: A Boden Research Conference'
The title of the presentation was : “ Structure characterisation of GUN4 and analysis of its role in activation of protoporphyrin IX”
Posted by Michelle Kang on 15 Nov 2013
Sowmya Gopichandran has been awarded the 'Outstanding Fast-Forward Poster Prize' at SBRS 2013 on 8th november.
What is a 'Fast-forward' Poster Session?
Immediately before the poster session proper, 'Fast-forward' is a way for the audience to find out more about the posters on show, and for the presenters to hone their skills in putting their points across in an interesting and engaging (and speedy ) way.
Each poster presenter has exactly 120 seconds to pitch their work to the audience. Their poster can be projected on screen, but the skill is in delivering a clear and succinct explanation against the clock.
Posted by Michelle Kang on 11 Nov 2013
Congratulations to the CBMS330 Biomolecular Major students who won a Silver Medal at the recent 2013 iGEM Jamboree Event held in Hong Kong from 2-4 October. The students also won the Best Poster Award for their project titled 'Green is the New Black -Expression of Chlorophyll within Escherichia coli'. The international Genetically Engineered Machine or 'iGEM' is the world's premier competition in synthetic biology with over 200 teams competing in 2013. The CBMS330 research project and outreach activities are documented on their wiki page.
The CBMS330 students also presented their synthetic biology research at the 2nd Australasian Conference of Undergraduate Research held at MQ on 19-20 September and won the prize for Best Presentation in Plant Science or Molecular Biology.
Posted by L Brown on 10 Oct 2013
Joanne Jamie, a bio-organic and medicinal chemist at Macquarie University, says finding medicinal plants in such a diverse landscape would be like searching for a needle in a haystack without the help of indigenous communities.
Since partnering with the Yaegl community in northern NSW, the research team have begun to unearth some valuable medical uses for native plants.
Jamie says the first step in developing nativeflora for medical purposesis to document what indigenous communities know, before that knowledge disappears.
In the Yaegl community, elders have been using native plants to treat ailments for thousands of years. The narrow leaf sarsaparilla is one such plant. It can be used to help with arthritis, rheumatism, coughs, skin problems and even diabetes. Another, the Beach Morning Glory – found in tangles along sandy beach tracks – is a useful salve for jellyfish stings and boils, and can even be used to treat headaches and arthritis.
The Macquarie University researchers work with the elders to record their knowledge and test samples.
In the first published record of their collaboration, a 2011 study, the Macquarie University team identified 32 medicinal plants, with more than 50 applications. They continue to collaborate with Yaegl elders and Jamie says there's plenty more to discover.
Posted by on 26 Mar 2013
Lead author Jason Smith undertook a comprehensive study that combined existing knowledge of an enzyme with a specifically tailored computational chemistry approach to identify novel inhibitors. The enzyme (indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase) has generated excitement amongst researchers over the last decade due to its increasingly recognised role as a drug target, particularly in cancer.
Posted by on 18 Dec 2012