The research interests of the Department's academic faculty span the chemical and biomolecular sciences, but are unified by the common theme of working at the interfaces of traditional subjects. These research interests are founded on discipline areas including analytical science, medicinal chemistry, environmental chemistry, chemical biology, synthetic chemistry, microbial genomics, proteomics, glycomics, biochemistry and biotechnology.
Some Research and employment opportunities in Molecular Sciences may be found here.
Analytical Molecular Sciences
- Professor Alison Rodger: Bio macromolecule Structure and Function
- Dr Ian Jamie: Chemical Ecology, Atmospheric Chemistry, and Chemistry Education
- Professor Peter Karuso: Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery
- Dr Guozhen Liu: Biosensors and Nanotechnology
- Dr Damian Moran: Computational Chemistry
- Dr Yuling Wang: Multifunctional Nanostructures for Point-of-Care Diagnosis
- Dr Danny Wong: Electro Analysis of Biological and Environmental Species
’Omics and Systems Biology
- Professor Paul Haynes: Plant and Environmental Proteomics
- Associate Professor Mark Molloy: Biomedical Proteomics
- Dr Abidali Mohamedali: Proteomics
- Professor Nicki Packer: Glycomics and Glycoproteomics
- Professor Ian Paulsen: Microbial Genomics
- Professor Shoba Ranganathan: Bioinformatics and Computational Biosciences
- Dr Sasha Tetu: Environmental and Applied Microbiology
- Dr Morten Thaysen-Andersen: Analytical Glycobiology and Glycoimmunology
Biomolecular and Synthetic Chemistry
- Dr Alfonso Garcia-Bennett:Materials Science and Nanomedicine
- Associate Professor Joanne Jamie: Bio-Organic and Medicinal Chemistry and Science Outreach
- Dr Fei Liu: Organic and Biological Chemistry/Chemical Biology
- Professor Barbara Messerle: Organometallics and Catalysis
- Dr Andrew Piggott: Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery
- Professor Robert Willows: Biomolecular Chemistry
- Associate Professor Koushik Venkatesan: Organic and Organometallic Materials Chemistry
Synthetic and Structural Biology
- Dr Louise Brown: Protein Biophysics
- Dr Paul Jaschke: Synthetic Biology
- Associate Professor Bridget Mabbutt: Protein Structure
- Professor Helena Nevalainen: Molecular Biotechnology
- Associate Professor Anwar Sunna: Molecular Biotechnology
Chemical and Biomolecular Sciences is a key player in four national research centres and two university centres.
National Research Centres
ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale Biophotonics
The Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics links Australia’s key nanophotonics groups and builds on Global Collaborations with a focus on doing the science required to advance biology.
ARC Training Centre for Molecular Technology in the Food Industry
The Centre for Molecular Technology in the Food Industry provides world class postgraduate research training of the next generation of scientists who will shape the future of food production in Australia. Our established collaborations with a network of industrial partners will enable us to translate the research project outcomes into practical industry solutions.
Australian Proteome Analysis Facility
Australian Proteome Analysis Facility was the birthplace of the term proteomics in 1995 and was established as the world’s first dedicated high throughput proteomics laboratory. APAF provides access and expertise for advanced mass spectrometry and protein chemistry analyses to academic and industry based life-science researchers.
Biosecurity Futures Research Centre
A landmark research co-investment of over $20 million has been established between Macquarie University and Horticulture Innovation Australia focusing on the management of Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) through Sterile Insect Technique (SIT). The focus of Biosecurity Futures Research Centre is on developing an effective SIT program to curb the prevalence of fruit flies in Australia. The Qfly presents the most difficult and costly biosecurity challenge to market access for most Australian fruit producers, and threatens Australian crops valued at $9 billion.
Further research is supported by a $3.7 million Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Training Centre (ITTC), “Centre for Fruit Fly Biosecurity Innovation”, that aims to provide Australian horticulture industries new tools for environmentally and medically benign control of fruit fly pests.
University and Faculty Research Centres
Biomolecular Discovery and Design Research Centre(BDDRC)
The Biomolecular Discovery and Design Research Centre brings together national and international researchers in the molecular and cellular analysis of living systems.
Macquarie University Marine Research Centre
A newly established cross-department University, the Macquarie University Marine Research Centre is aimed at investigating important topics in marine research such as changes in marine ecosystems.
First class research requires first class facilities. Macquarie University facilities are available for internal and external users.
Australian Proteome Analysis Facility
The Department of Molecular Sciences runs a Molecular Analysis Facility in collaboration with the Australian Proteome Analysis Facility. The facility has five years of expertise, which includes providing advanced proteomic infrastructure. APAF offers proteomics services and collaboration in:
- mass spectrometry
- analytical protein chemistry
- protein arrays
Macquarie University Centre for Analytical Biotechnology
Macquarie University Centre for Analytical Biotechnology (MUCAB) provides a unique and active focus for interdisciplinary research between the Departments of Molecular Sciences at Macquarie University. The Centre manages substantial instrumentation resources appropriate for the contemporary study of biomolecules and natural products, and has lead to Macquarie University being recognised nationally as a centre of excellence for biomolecular analysis. MUCAB users include academic staff, honours students, postgraduate students, and Research Fellows.
MUCAB is not a service facility, but does provide training in the use of instrumentation. The centre also provides access to bioanalytical instrumentation for interdisciplinary research in the chemical and biomolecular sciences within the Department.
Chemical Analysis Facility
The Chemical Analysis Facility offers CHN, CHNS, mass spectrometry and NMR. The facility hosts a wide range of high-quality modern equipment, operated and maintained by qualified personnel offering a comprehensive package of analytical and technical services to universities and commercial entities. All work is undertaken with speed, accuracy and a full guarantee of confidentiality.
Flow Cytometry Facility
The Flow Cytometry Facility maintains a range of cytometers and cell sorters that support high-throughput analyses, high speed cell sorting and single cell genomics. Many of the instruments are configured for marine research which means that they are ideal for analyses of ultra-small particles (e.g. viruses), and can detect a broad range of fluorescent signals simultaneously, including Hoechst, GFP, YFP, mCherry, PE and Chlorophyll.
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility
The Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility comprises two spectrometers: an Avance DPX 400MHz and an Avance II 600MHz with cryoplatform.
Chemical Mass Spectrometry Facility
The Chemical Mass Spectrometry Facility comprises of an Agilent 6130B single quadrupole mass detector coupled to an Agilent 1260 UHPLC and a Shimadzu GCMS-2010.
Higher Degree Research
The Department of Molecular Sciences has a vigorous research program, with all members of staff actively involved. Research interests include:
- analytical/bioanalytical chemistry,
- environmental chemistry,
- atmospheric chemistry,
- chemical education,
- physical/biophysical chemistry,
- organic/bioorganic chemistry,
- biological/protein chemistry,
- structural biology,
- chemical genomics/proteomics,
- materials chemistry,
- theoretical chemistry/bioinformactic,
- molecular biology/genetics,
- molecular cellular biology,
- and biotechnology.
The Department is well positioned in taking a multidisciplinary approach in addressing contemporary research problems from the molecular perspective, particularly in the areas of environmental and life sciences. It is possible to arrange higher degree programs through collaboration with other departments, ranging from biology to geology to physics to mathematics and medicine. Much of the Department’s research funding comes from external bodies such as the Australian Research Council and the National Health and Medical Research Council. Senior Researchers who are not full-time members of staff contribute to postgraduate training as Associate Supervisors.
Enhance your employment opportunities and get international recognition for your qualifications. The Master of Research provides you with intensive research preparation before you begin doctoral study. Consistent with the internationally recognised Bologna model, this program prepares you to complete a PhD in three years - well short of the national average. Most of the Molecular Science research programs span disciplines and the MRes provides you with the opportunity to gain advanced expertise as well as research experience.
This 2 year program forms Macquarie University's pathway to PhD study. It comprises a combination of advanced coursework and research training components.
You can find general information concerning the program organisation, scholarship possibilities and admission procedures on the Macquarie University MRes/BPhil website. However, you may prefer one of our 1 year MSc programs.
MRes Year 1
You will receive academic advice from the CBMS MRes committee members to guide your selection of a personalised portfolio of advanced undergraduate coursework across the breadth of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences. This will include:
- 6 Units of advanced disciplinary content*
- 1 Research Communications unit (MRES700)
- Our specific Molecular Science Research Frontiers unit (CBMS780)
* 700-level Units can be included from outside Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences (e.g. STAT, MEDI or BIOL Units and others), should you have the appropriate academic background.
An outline of suggested 700-level: Selecting units for 2016 information & selecting units for 2017.
|Unit Code||Unit Name|
Research Frontiers in Chemistry & Biomolecular Sciences
Organic and Biological Chemistry
Physical and Environmental Chemistry
Chemical Analysis II
Molecular and Medical Biotechnology
Protein Discovery and Analysis
Molecular Biology and Genomics
Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Analytical Measurement Uncertainty and Method Validation
Laboratory Quality Systems
The Research Experience
Research Topic: Laboratory Skills for Molecular Sciences
Research Topic: Advanced Organic Chemistry
Research Topic: Chemical Biology
Research Topic: Advanced Biomolecular Analysis
Research Topic: Synthetic Biology
Advanced Physical and Analytical Chemistry
MRes Year 2
Having joined a research team in the Department, you will embark on a structured program of research training under the guidance of your academic supervisor. You will encounter innovations being made in your discipline, perform literature reviews, receive training in current molecular techniques, engage in project planning and conduct your own research project (see section below). The program will culminate in submission of a written thesis.
Each year, research projects will be outlined by academic staff. You are encouraged to work with academic staff to design your own project.
Molecular Science program
Dr Louise Brown
MRes Convenor (CBMS)
General program enquiries
Master of Research Team
Phone: (02) 9850 7987
CBMS MRes Committee for 2017
- Dr Louise Brown
- A/Prof. Bridget Mabbutt
- A/Prof. Mark Molloy
- Dr Yuling Wang
- Dr Alfonzo Garcia-Bennett
- Professor Paul Haynes
We offer PhD and MPhil postgraduate research degrees. Our postgraduate research students benefit from the generous financial and in-kind support available through several schemes, state of the art facilities and the supportive research environment.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
|Admission requirements||An Honours Degree of Bachelor with First-class Honors or Second-class Honors Division I or a Degree of Master with a substantial research component.|
|Length of candidature||3-4 years full-time, 4-8 years part-time.|
|External candidature||Available in certain circumstances.|
Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
The MPhil is a two-year full-time or four-year part-time degree that commences in March or August each year. There are five entry points into the program:
- Bachelor’s degree with demonstrated research experience (coauthorship on a paper or other quantifiable experience able to be assessed by the Committee).
- Bachelor’s degree with a satisfactorily completed Macquarie University postgraduate certificate in research preparation.
- Bachelor’s degree with a satisfactorily completed honours degree which includes a research project normally worth at least 25% of the honours program load.
- Bachelor’s degree with a satisfactorily completed coursework Masters including a research project normally worth at least 25% of the Masters program load.
- Bachelor’s degree with a satisfactorily completed postgraduate diploma including a research component worth 25% of the program load and directly related to the acquisition of research skills.
|Admission requirements||A pass degree in chemistry together with a Credit grade or better in the Macquarie Postgraduate Units CBMS805, CBMS815 that serve as the coursework for our 6 months Postgraduate Certificate in Research Preparation.|
|Length of candidature||1.5-2 years full-time, 2-4 years part-time.|
|External candidature||Available in certain circumstances.|
Further information can be obtained from the PhD and research degree page.
Forms and Applications
Applicants for higher degree research programs must make contact directly with potential supervisors to discuss research projects prior to applying. Application forms for admission and scholarship details for both local and overseas students can be obtained from:
Higher Degree Research Office
Telephone: +61 2 9850 9784 or +61 2 9850 7987
If you are an overseas student, you must first contact a staff member in the research area of your interest about scholarship opportunities in the Department and the associated language requirements. Please use the link above to obtain application material. If you have not contacted a staff member and are just interested in the possibility of a research degree in Chemistry, Scholarship information for overseas students can be obtained from:
Higher Degree Research Office