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)
- Associate Professor Joanne MacDonald
- Dr Peter Brooks
- Dr Steven Ogbourne
- Adjunct Professor Norm Cheetham
- Dr Tianfang Wang
Biochemistry and Molecular Engineering research publications are available on the USC Research Bank.