News: Honours projects - Chemistry

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 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 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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Investigating & Exploiting Triplex DNA Structures in Gene Regulation

Tara Pukala TripleX DNA

Honours project: Explore new leads for disruption of DNA triplex structures for treatment of related human diseases.

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Synthesis using Nature’s catalysts; enzymes

Stephen Bell Biocatalyst 2

Honours project: Projects in this area involve the isolation and study new enzymes from bacteria of interest or taking existing enzymes and adapting them for chemical synthesis.

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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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Improving food safety using plasma sterilisation

Improving food safety using plasma sterilisation

Honours project: Investigate the use of a high energy form of matter (plasma) to improve food safety.

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Using metal-organic frameworks to understand catalysis

Chris Sumby Catalysis Figure

Honours project: Insights into industrial catalysis and x-ray crystallography in metal-organic frameworks.

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Reduced dimensionality representations of soft matter

Ellipsoid vs ball

Honours project: Use methods from statistical mechanics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to develop algorithms to automate the dimensionality reduction process.

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