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Biochemistry and Molecular Engineering


Bio-chemical research is a growing aspect of GeneCology and reflects a commitment to the benefits of multi- disciplinary research.

Researchers are actively engaged in the isolation of novel bio-active compounds from natural materials which have potential for therapeutic pharmacological use. These include plant based materials for anti-cancer drugs and products from Australian native bees.

Trace analysis work enhances environmental and water quality monitoring and is linked to research in bio-geochemical cycling in specific environmental systems.

Molecular engineering is a new addition to the research conducted within GeneCology and brings a focus on:

  • Molecular logic-gate circuits and automata (such as MAYA-II, which plays tic-tac-toe interactively with a human opponent)
  • Visual interfaces for molecular computation (eg dot-matrix displays)
  • Smart diagnostic devices, including computational arrays for viral lineage attribution
  • Therapeutic molecular devices (such as enzyme-based cocaine detoxification)
  • Materials engineering (such as nucleic acid form and function for synthetic building materials)

Key researchers


Biochemistry and Molecular Engineering research publications are available on the USC Research Bank.

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