A diverse range of projects from researchers in UQ’s School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences (SCMB) has attracted direct combined funding of $1,764,400 and another $2.8M indirectly in the latest Australian Research Council (ARC) round.

The largest individual ARC Discovery Project grant in the Faculty of Science ($604,900) was made to a SCMB/Advanced Water Management Centre project studying microbial dynamics in an ecologically important coral on the Great Barrier Reef (researchers Gene Tyson; Michael Imelfort; Christian Rinke; and David Bourne).

Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA) funding of $368,600 was made to SCMB researcher Benjamin Woodcroft for a project intended to develop a new method for determining the function of microbial genomes. 

DECRA funding of $364,00 was made to SCMB researcher Simon Williams whose project aims to develop new strategies to protect wheat from necrotrophic fungi.

Other Discovery Projects funding made to SCMB researchers was as follows:

  • $330,000 to develop computational methods to construct entirely new proteins (Mikael Boden; Elizabeth Gillam; Bostjan Kobe; Burkhard Rost);
  • $350,100 to improve our understanding of how plant resistance proteins function and to find new sources of these proteins (Bostjan Kobe);
  • $359,700 to develop the capacity to represent specific mammalian, fungal and bacterial membranes in atomic detail and to use such models to understand the role of membrane composition in the structure and dynamics of membrane proteins at an atomic level (Alan Mark);
  • $356,600 to characterise molecular details of a new pathway of foreign DNA recognition and rapid cell death (Katryn Stacey);
  • $394,000 to decipher the roles of the highly conserved OST3 proteins (Benjamin Schulz); and
  • $348,500 to deliver highly novel chemical reactions based on previously unforeseen catalyst attributes (Craig Williams).

SCMB researchers were also successful in collaborative Discovery Projects and Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities applications led by other UQ units and external institutions: 

  • $425,600 to develop the first examples of molecular cages able to catalyse photoredox processes (Dr Evan Moore with Jonathon Beves from UNSW)
  • $359,700 to investigate Wolbachia-based pathogen blocking (Professor Paul Young with Elizabeth McGraw from Monash)
  • $520,000 to explore hybrid light emitting transistors as a new route for display pixel and laser (Dr Shih-Chun Lo with Ebinazar Namdas from Maths & Physics)

Associate Professor Craig Williams and Professors Paul Burn and Mark Walker arre involved in successful LIEF bids led by AIBN and IMB and worth $1.5m.



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