News Archive - 2017

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Following her win at the Science Faculty 3-Minute Thesis Competion in August, we are very proud to share the news that PhD student Alice Russo (supervisor Professor Peter White) took out first place in the overall UNSW competition on 13 September.

Only allowed to use one slide, with just three minutes to present her thesis and up against 21 other finalists, Alice did a fantastic...

Professor Rick Cavicchioli and his team have a Nature Microbiology paper published on their research that investigated microbes from some of the saltiest lakes in Antarctica and found a new way that the tiny organisms can share DNA that could help them grow and survive.

The paper is ‘A plasmid from an Antarctic haloarchaeon uses specialized membrane vesicles to disseminate and...

BABS are offering a valuable research experience opportunity as part of the...

The 2017 UNSW Science Postgraduate Research Competition was held on Wednesday 26 July, with more than 70 students participating. We are extremely proud to announce that two BABS students were recognised for their fantastic performances, Alice Russo (supervisor Prof Peter White) taking out one of the three first prizes and Laurence Luu (supervisor A/Prof Ruiting Lan) one of the three runners up...

The new BioScience South Building includes a new custom-designed facility for the Ramaciotti Centre for Genomics, the largest university-based facility of its kind in Australia. 

NSW Chief Scientist Professor Mary O’Kane officially opened the new facility on 24 July. The Centre is dedicated to supporting research by offering genomic services to academic and industry-based research...

Stage 1 of the Biomedical Research Precinct construction work is now complete, with many BABS staff and HDR students now settled into our new building, Bioscience South (E26). Undergraduate classes in the cutting-edge teaching laboratories will commence in Semester 2.

This beautiful new 21,000m2 building has been designed to be flexible, supporting current research and teaching needs...

The University of NSW is one of just two universities worldwide to be included in 50 subject areas on a major international ranking. The ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects says UNSW and Ohio State University (Columbus) were represented across more subject areas than all other institutions. UNSW was represented 50 times, including 32 times in the top 100, 18 times in the top...

UNSW won more than $20 million in the latest round of grants from the Australian Research Council.

The funding included 13 prestigious Future Fellowships, two of which were awarded to BABS Senior Lecturers Dr Belinda Ferrari and Dr Irina Voineagu. Congratulations Belinda and Irina!
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UNSW climbed four places to 45 in the QS World University Rankings for 2017-18, placing it as the highest-rank university in New South Wales.

Since 2014, UNSW has moved up seven places in these respected rankings, which are compiled by global education analysts, QS Quacquarelli Symonds.

The University scored a maximum 100/100 on the QS International Faculty Index, based on its...

Further to our news item of 16 March, we are delighted to share the news that Sandy the dingo is a winner!

A proposal by BABS Professor Bill Ballard and collaborator from USYD Professor Claire Wade to decode Sandy's DNA was one of five finalists worldwide in the PacBio's SMRT Grant competition. 'Dancing with Dingoes' then entered fierce competition with the...

A proposal by BABS Professor Bill Ballard to study the DNA of a two-year-old dingo called Sandy Maliki has been announced as one of five finalists in the World’s Most Interesting Genome competition. More than 200 international entries were received for the Pacific Biosciences SMRT Grant, which provides services worth about $20,000 to sequence the complete genome of a particularly fascinating...

Senior Lecturer Dr Wallace Bridge is Program Convenor of the New Colombo Plan. Under this program, four BABS biotech students will gain an insight into Indonesia's emerging biotechnology industry by participating in an exchange program with 3L Institute, a private university established in Jakarta in 2014 to provide support for the growing biotechnology industry.

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Some great applied research from a team that includes BABS Associate Professor Ruiting Lan has had direct health benefits to communities in China.

More than 200 people became ill and 39 died in the Chinese province of Sichuan in June 2005 from infection with a highly virulent strain...

BABS Senior Lecturer, Dr Richard Edwards, was recently interview by the EMBL Australia Bioinformatics Resource. 

Please click here to see the interview....