This cluster focuses on two main themes:
Bio-molecular structure and function
The structure of biological molecules underpins their function. All pharmaceutical drugs and agricultural pest and herbicides, whether designed from structural information or discovered by mining for active molecules derive their efficacy and specificity from their unique structure.
Our expertise is applied in the areas of recombinant DNA technology, protein production and purification, X-ray crystallography and computational modelling to determine the structure and function of biologically significant molecules. By doing so a basis is provided for manufacture of new and improved pharma- and agri-ceuticals.
Molecular and microbial biotechnology
All life processes ultimately depend on sequence information contained in DNA that can be both observed as a means of identifying individuals and manipulated to alter and improve specific gene functions and practical applications of biological systems. We capitalise on the expertise and intellectual property established by cluster members in the manipulation and characterisation of DNA to extend knowledge, collaborations and commercial development of IP and grant income.