The University of Queensland and CSIRO are building a new world-class $4.5 million initiative to boost Australia’s synthetic biology capabilities.
Dr Craig Cormick is, amongst many things, a science communicator. He has a broad background in both the theory and the practice of working with social attitudes to new technologies, and methods of community engagement. Particularly, Craig is interested in how different values influence attitudes and receptiveness to messages or behaviour change. Continue reading → Synbio profile interview – Craig Cormick
The Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) released a report about the present and future of synbio in Australia. The full report can be freely downloaded here.
Colin Scott is a Principal Research Scientist working at CSIRO, Canberra. He also runs the CSIRO Biocatalysis and Synthetic Biology Team and he’s a Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform Domain Leader (Chemicals & Fibres).
The 2018 UNSW Sydney iGEM team is proposing to synthesise a molecular scaffold for joining together disparate proteins in order to speed up the multi-step enzymatic reactions involved in the Indole acetic acid pathway. This pathway is important as Indole acetic acid is the most common and most studied plant hormone of the auxin class (promotes cell elongation).
The ACOLA’s Horizon Scanning report on Synthetic Biology launch will take place on Wednesday, 4 September at 10:30am, at Customs House, The Long Room, 399 Queen St, Brisbane City QLD.
Two job openings for postdoctoral researchers at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Biotechnology, University of Queensland. Applications deadline 21 Sptember 2018.
A Macquarie PhD student believes he’s come up with a way to turn coffee waste into biodegradable plastic coffee cups. He’s developed a method to turn coffee grounds into lactic acid, which can then be used to produce biodegradable plastics, and is now refining the process as he finishes his PhD. Continue reading → Turning coffee waste into coffee cups
Monica Espinosa Gomez is a PhD Candidate in the Paulsen SynBio Group at Macquarie University. Earlier this year she was awarded a CSIRO Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform PhD Scholarship. While undertaking her Bachelors of Biotechnology (Hons), Molecular Biotechnology, at UQ she worked in numerous labs as a research assistant. In 2016, she worked under synthetic biologist, Dr Claudia Vickers, at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology before embarking on her PhD journey in 2017. Twitter handle: @monicaespgom Continue reading → Synbio profile interview – Monica Espinosa