News and events

News and events


Good Luck to iGEM team!

Macquarie University has been participating at the iGEM competition since 2010. This year, the current team is carrying on the work done by previous years to produce renewable energy. So far, the team has done an excellent job in promoting their project and have represented Macquarie University at the academic events such as the Synthetic Biology Australia Conference, Australasian Conference of Undergraduate Research, and on public platforms such as TEDx Youth Sydney. Wish them good luck to win the gold medal at this year's Jamboree in Boston (9 - 13 November, 2017)!

1st Australasian Glycoscience Symposium (AGS), 2 February 2018

      As a new initiative in 2018, Lorne Proteomics (1-4th Feb 2018) will include a full day Glycoscience Symposium that will run concurrently with the main Proteomics meeting on Friday 2nd Feb 2018 at Cumberland Lorne Resort. This meeting will cover diverse areas of Glycoscience including Glycomics, Glycoproteomics and Glycobiology. Please see further information here.


Congratulations to Helena Nevalainen, Anwar Sunna, Damian Moran and Robert Willows who received a grant worth $23,400 from the Strategic Priority Grants scheme - Round 2, 2017 for their project, LABTASKER@MQ  Pilot project. The team is going to compile a visual resource for the laboratory to facilitate student engagement and smarter labs.

Congratulations to Hugh Goold and his synthetic biology yeast project team for receiving an additional funding for 3 years, aiming to identify synthetic biology projects which will deliver positive outcomes for NSW agriculture stakeholders. Synthetic biology has been identified as a disruptive technology with high likelihood to improve Australian agriculture.

Synthetic Biology Australasia Conference: On 21-22 September 2017, Synthetic Biology Australasia hosted a very successful regional two-day conference with wonderful international and national speakers and over 170 delegates from academia, government and industry. The conference organising committee (Ian Paulsen, Anwar Sunna, Natalie Curach and Paul Jaschke) would like to thank all members (students and postdocs) for their wonderful work as volunteers during the conference. Congratulations to our PhD students Kerstin Petroll and Dominic Logel, who won runner up prizes for their posters and to our Macquarie 2017 iGEM team for a great presentation of their project.

Congratulations to APAF team which has received National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) funding for proteomics collaborations for another 12 months from July 2017 to June 2018.

MQ Biomolecular Discovery & Design Research Centre funding workshop: On Monday 17 July 2017, the BDDRC held an information session on current research funding opportunities available in our research area, as well as the new changes to the NHMRC funding rules. Many thanks to all for contributing to a very informative funding workshop, our Q & A Panel, and our speakers, who have provided access to their presentation slides below (MQ staff only):

1) "Pilot Industry Partnership Project Funding and Opportunities in the Defence Sector

Mark Berlage, Research Partnerships Manager, Research Office 

2) “The Continuous ARC Linkage Projects scheme and changes the NHMRC funding structure” 

Courtney Bendall and Ross Hill, Research Development Consultant, Research Office

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