The UQ School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences will upgrade three significant items of equipment that will support the work of more than 20 research groups.

The upgrade is part of more than $2.5 million which will be invested in research equipment and infrastructure in the Faculty of Science through this year’s Major Equipment and Infrastructure (MEI) grants and Major Research Facility Fund (MRFF).

Professor Alastair McEwan, who is also Dean of the UQ Graduate School, said the equipment would collectively enable the phenotyping of cells, enabling their observable characteristics or traits to be distinguished.

“This equipment enhance UQ’s ability to perform biological experiments to understand cell signalling, the effect of infection on host cell metabolism, antibiotic resistance and metabolic dysfunction associated with disease,” he said. 

"It will strengthen the research programs of investigators who are among UQ's highest performing researchers (all are in receipt of major ARC and NHMRC Project grants and/or Fellowships.)

"The ability to perform more sophisticated analyses of metabolic phenotypes should enhance grant applications and lead to higher impact publications."

Image:  The Seahorse XFp Extracellular Flux Analyser measures specific metabolic responses of mammaliam cells in response to external effectors, stresses or infection.


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