Molecular Medicine

Molecular Medicine within BABS has a unique strength in combining fundamental biological and biomolecular sciences with a strong applied biotechnology and medical focus. The School facilitates collaborative research efforts across discipline boundaries for fundamental discoveries, generation of commercial opportunities and clinical research. Molecular medicine represents a significant proportion of research output from BABS within the medical area.

Major research strengths of the group currently exist in biomaterials, immunology, bioinformatics, cancer and genetics. The group uses a wide range of cutting-edge molecular and bioinformatic tools to understand and combat genetic disease and cancer. Expertise from members of the Molecular Medicine group naturally integrates into projects within the School’s research areas such as ageing and proteomics.

Specific research foci include:

  • Cancer: Associate Professor Vincent Murray examines the interaction of cancer chemotherapeutic agents with human telomeric DNA sequences.
  • Immunogenetics: Associate Professor Andrew Collins investigates the genes that encode both protective and pathogenic antibodies, and studies how variability in antibody genes within a population may contribute to disease susceptibility.

Members of the Molecular Medicine group have successfully attracted competitive funding through bodies such as the ARC, NHMRC and NCRIS, and from charitable and industry sources. The group has also been active in securing infrastructure funding in proteomics and protein expression. This facility naturally fits into the strong proteomics theme present in the School's Systems and Cellular Biology group, and underpins large projects involving other groups in the School.

Further growth designed to complement current strengths is envisaged in the areas of ageing and personalised medicine. These growth areas will enhance existing research strengths and provide opportunities for new collaborations.

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