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News: Honours projects - Molecular and biomedical science: Biochemistry

Activity of novel xylanases from a new Australian crop, Plantago ovata (psyllium)

Plantago ovata (psyllium) by Stan Shebs (CC by 3.0)

Honours project: Study the biology of psyllium, a plant whose seeds are used as a key ingredient in the gluten-free food industry.

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Where does the acid in wine come from?

Viticulture and oenology students in Waite vineyard

Honours project: Can you help find the missing link in grape berry biochemistry?

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Does eating cruciferous vegetables protect us against breast cancer?

Cauliflower coloured by Reinhard Thrainer from Pixabay

Honours project: Explore the anti-breast cancer actions of isothiocyanates from cruciferous vegetables.

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Determining the effect of protein quality control to astrocyte stress responses

Determining the effect of protein quality control to astrocyte stress responses

Honours project: Learn how brain cells are adapting to different stress responses, and what happens to this adaptation if the protein quality control is compromised.

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Ubiquitin signalling in human diseases

UB DUB Pirjo Apaja

Honours project: Investigate the effect of ubiquitin signalling on cell differentiation.

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How do cancer cells become aggressive?

summary diagram gene regulation in cancer lab

Honours project: Investigate the function of alternative splice variants in cancer cell plasticity.

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How microRNAs regulate breast cancer metastasis

How microRNAs regulate breast cancer metastasis

Honours project: Determine the target genes of microRNAs that function in breast cancer progression and metastasis using cell culture models.

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Snake venom proteins

rattlesnake

Honours project: Gain new insights into higher order protein structures in selected snake venoms.

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Structural study of misfolding proteins

An illustration of the neuropathology of Alzheimer's disease - BruceBlaus / CC BY-SA

Honours project: Investigate the structural characterisation of protein misfolding in amyloid diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

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Saving megafauna from bacteria

A skeleton of a Marsupial Lion (Thylacoleo carnifex) in the Victoria Fossil Cave, Naracoorte Caves National Park Karora, Public domain

Honours projects: Identify and image biofilms that threaten the Naracoorte Caves National Park fossils.

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