The Biochemistry Alumni Lecture was initiated in 1990 as a means of bringing together past and present students and staff of the Biochemistry discipline within the School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences.

In 2015, our speaker was Professor James McCluskey, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), The University of Melbourne. Professor McCluskey is also Group Leader, McCluskey Laboratory, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Melbourne.

Professor McCluskey's talk was entitled 'MAIT cells: Friend or Foe in recognising microbial vitamin metabolites presented by the MHC-I-related molecule MR1'

Photo (above): Biochemistry Alumni Lecture 2015. More photos from the event can be viewed here.

Past speakers:
  • 2016 - Professor Joe Thornton, University of Chicago - 'Reconstructing ancient proteins: mechanisms for the evolution of protein structure and function.'
  • 2014-15 - Professor James McCluskey, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, The University of Melbourne - 'MAIT cells: Friend or Foe in recognising microbial vitamin meabolites presented in the MHC-I-related molecule MR1.'
  • 2013 - Professor F Peter Guengerich, Tadashi Inagami Professor of Biochemistry at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine - 'Characterization of Orphan Human Cytochrome P450 Enzymes & Their Metabolic Roles: The General Problem of Gene Annotation'.
  • 2012 - Professor James Whisstock from Monash University - 'The X-ray crystal structure of full length human plasminogen'.
  • 2011 - Professor Neva Haites OBE, of the University of Aberdeen - 'Ethical dilemmas and missed opportunities'.
  • 2010 - Prof Christopher Dobson, Master of St John's College, The University of Cambridge - "Life on the Edge- the Generic Nature of Protein Misfolding Disorders".
  • 2009 - Prof Christina Mitchell, Sir John Monash Distinguished Professor, Monash University - 'Identification of a novel regulator of skeletal muscle mass.
  • 2008 - Prof Peter Waterhouse, ARC Federation Fellow, The University of Sydney and CSIRO Plant Industry - 'The world of small RNAs and mobile signals.'
  • 2007 - Dr Murray Stewart, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge UK - 'Molecular Mechanism of the Nuclear Protein Import Cycle.'

If you would like to find out about the next Biochemistry Alumni lecture, contact the School Office or check out the UQ Events calendar.

Biochemistry Alumni Lecture section

2013 Biochemistry Alumni Lecture

On 5 December, Professor F Peter Guengerich, of Vanderbilt University, will speak at UQ.

Biochemistry Alumni Lecture 2010

Professor Christopher Dobson, of the University of Cambridge, delivered the annual Biochemistry Alumni Lecture on 30 August, speaking about breakthroughs that are bringing us closer to understanding the cause of neurodegenerative diseases
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