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Zika virus infection of the placenta

Honours project: Examine the role of the innate immune response to zika virus infection in the female reproductive tract (FRT) and placenta.

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Deciphering the catalytic potential & the electron transfer pathways of microorganisms

Electron transfer pathways

Honours project: Study new enzymes and the associated ferredoxins from bacteria found in interesting environments (or genes from metagenomes) or which carry out novel reactions.

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Synthetic biology applications of enzymes

Honours project: Use approaches to generate enzyme catalyst based systems to develop greener and sustainable processes for the production of useful and high value chemicals.

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Deciphering & exploiting bacterial cholesterol metabolism to combat disease

Deciphering & exploiting bacterial cholesterol metabolism to combat disease

Honours project: Address the fundamental science behind the use of the steroid cholesterol as a source of energy by bacteria.

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Synthetic phage therapy

Synthetic phage therapy

Honours project: Investigate the structural biology of bacteriophage proteins.

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Directed evolution of proteins in vivo

Honours project: Use a new phage-based directed evolution approach to evolve proteins with properties to make them suitable for use in synthetic circuit applications, such as in vivo biosensing or construction of bistable switches.

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Role of HIFs in cancer

Decipher the specific roles of HIF1 and HIF2 in multiple myeloma.

Honours project: Decipher the specific roles of HIF1 and HIF2 in multiple myeloma.

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Behavioural analysis of zebrafish models of Alzheimer's Disease

We’re undertaking behavioural analysis of zebrafish models in order to help find treatments for Alzheimer's Disease.

Honours project: Undertake behavioural analysis of zebrafish models in order to help find treatments for Alzheimer's Disease.

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Identifying new drugs that kill parasites

Honours project: Work with a team of researchers who are identifying and characterising novel drugs that kill apicomplexan parasites.

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Understanding the mechanism of enzyme catalysed reactions of importance in drug metabolism

Stephen Bell - Mechanism of enzyme catalysed reactions of importance in drug metabolism

Honours project: Learn about the mechanism by which the major family of enzymes involved in drug metabolism catalyse oxidative transformations.

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Competition: Young Scientist of the Year

How do we feed the world’s growing population? How do we save our wildlife from extinction? Got an idea that will build a brighter, greener world?

Australian high school students are invited to submit a short video about one of Australia’s big science challenges.

Video competition