2017 International Conference on BioNano Innovation 24-27 September 2017

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Virus-like nanoparticles (VNP) are made from structural proteins

Virus inspires new way to deliver cancer drugs

21 February 2017: Drugs disguised as viruses are providing new weapons in the battle against cancer, promising greater accuracy and fewer side effects than chemotherapy.

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AIBN researcher Dr Chun Xu

Nano-implants to remove the pain of diabetes injections

16 February 2017: A new research study is looking to improve the lives of people with diabetes by developing a matchstick-size nano-implant that removes the need for daily insulin injections.

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Dr Claudia Vickers

AIBN researcher to lead CSIRO synthetic biology initiative

9 February 2017: A researcher from The University of Queensland’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) has received a joint appointment as the leader of a new initiative of CSIRO.

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Professor Justin Cooper-White with Scaled Biolabs co-founders Drew Titmarsh (right) and Brendan Griffen (left)

Start-up makes quick work of cellular experiments

3 February 2017: Start-up company Scaled Biolabs Inc is changing the way researchers around the world conduct manual cellular experiments and accelerating discoveries in biology by providing novel devices that enable 1000's of experiments to occur simultaneously.

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International deal brings new treatment for chemotherapy patients closer to the clinic

6 December 2016: Patients at risk of life-threatening infections following chemotherapy could benefit from a new cell-based treatment developed from AIBN research.

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Biocompatible nanoparticles to fight bacterial infections

5 December 2016: New research findings from AIBN have revealed that hollow nanospheres made from iron oxide hold promise as an antibacterial agent to fight diseases caused by microbial infections.

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AIBN to host BioNano leaders at international conference in 2017

4 December 2016: UQ's AIBN will host leading scientists from across the world at the International Conference on BioNano Innovation (ICBNI) in September next year.

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Professor Mark Kendall holding a Nanopatch.

From rockets to medicine: AIBN scientist wins prestigious award

9 November 2016: AIBN researcher Professor Mark Kendall – most renowned for his invention of the Nanopatch, a needle-free vaccine delivery device – has been awarded the 2016 CSL Young Florey Medal.

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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk launched the UQ Centre in Stem Cell Ageing and Regenerative Engineering at AIBN.

Ageing research centre launched at AIBN

17 October 2016: The University of Queensland today launched a new $7 million regenerative medicine research centre to improve older Australians’ quality of life and increase their participation and productivity.

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Rotavirus vaccine for improved accessibility in developing world

23 September: Researchers are developing a vaccine to reduce the staggering level of infant mortality from rotavirus in developing countries by significantly decreasing the cost of vaccine production and logistics.

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Women in Technology rising star calls AIBN home

5 September 2016: Queensland’s peak industry body for women in technology and life sciences has recognised the outstanding early career achievements of a young AIBN researcher.

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Child-friendly workspace links researchers to loved ones

26 August 2016: AIBN has opened the doors to a new dedicated workspace with an attached children’s play area.

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Beauty of science unveiled through images

10 August 2016: An image of a sodium cathode microcluster under development for use in next generation rechargeable batteries has won the 2016 AIBN Science Image Contest

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UQ awardees: Professor Justin Cooper-White, Dr Joseph Powell (UQ IMB) and Professor Kirill Alexandrov. Image courtesy of NHMRC.

AIBN researchers shine at NHMRC research awards

14 July 2016: The work of two AIBN researchers was recognised at last night’s National Health and Medical Research Council Research Excellence Awards.

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Multimillion dollar biopharmaceutical centre to be established in Queensland

4 July 2016: A $10 million biopharmaceutical initiative with strong industry support will be established to train the next generation of scientists and enhance Australia’s capabilities in the pharmaceutical sector.

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Researcher aims for next-gen single-dose vaccine

23 June 2016: New research is striving to develop a next generation vaccine delivery platform, capable of providing immunogenic responses in a single dose using novel biomaterials.

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Paper first author and AIBN graduate Dr Jamileh Nabizadeh.

Body’s early immune response aids cancer growth

14 June 2016: Queensland researchers have discovered that the first-stage response of the immune system can contribute to melanoma, colon and breast cancer growth, rather than helping the body to fight it.

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AIBN graduate a high achiever

9 June 2016: A recent PhD graduate from the AIBN has seen her research recognised with multiple successes.

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Dr Joel Cherry, Amyris President, Research & Development; Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk; AIBN Professor Peter Gray. Image: Majed Photography

UQ-Amyris collaboration seeks to accelerate development of Queensland ‘Biofutures Hub’

7 June 2016: Leading American biotechnology company Amyris, Inc. and the AIBN have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support the development of a Queensland-based biotechnology industry using feedstock from local sugarcane.

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AIBN Director Professor Alan Rowan awarded prestigious ARC Laureate Fellowship

6 May 2016: The Australian Research Council today announced Professor Alan Rowan, Director of the AIBN, as an Australian Laureate Fellow.

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Queensland Health–UQ collaborative aimed at better diagnosing Zika virus

26 April 2016: Queensland Health’s Forensic and Scientific Services (FSS) is leading an innovative research collaboration with The University of Queensland (UQ) to develop an improved diagnostic test to detect Zika virus.

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Micro experiments have huge cellular impact

22 April 2016: Researchers at The University of Queensland have developed a credit card sized device that enables cells to be cultured under thousands of different conditions simultaneously speeding up drug screening.

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AIBN drug delivery nanotechnology ready for commercialisation

22 April 2016: Clay nanoparticle technology patented by AIBN researchers Associate Professor Gordon Xu and Professor Max Lu has successfully been trialled by industry partner Oxford Pharmascience Ltd (OXP), UK.

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AIBN's Advance Queensland Research Fellows.

Queensland Government fellowships advance AIBN research

20 April 2016: Top early and mid-career AIBN researchers at UQ excelled in the Queensland State Government Advance Queensland Fellowships round.

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Tiniest scholars visit AIBN facility

13 April 2016: More than 50 kindergarten children and caregivers got an up-close glimpse of science at the AIBN during a two day visit.

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Valued colleague retires after 42 years at UQ

1 April 2016: The AIBN has farewelled a 42-year veteran of The University of Queensland.

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The AIBN research team L-R: Mr Nick Owens, Professor Mark Kendall, Dr David Muller, Ms Christiana Agyei, and Dr Germain Fernando.

Nanopatch polio vaccine success

26 February 2016: Needle-free Nanopatch technology developed at AIBN has been used to successfully deliver an inactivated poliovirus vaccine.

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AIBN summer intern Milena Gomes.

Summer interns gain valuable research experience

19 February 2016: Over the summer semester break AIBN hosted a large number of undergraduate university students eager to gain research laboratory experience.

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Native spinifex grass is being used to enhance the properties of natural latex rubber.

Native grass could be key to super-thin latex

10 February 2016: Fibres from the Australian native spinifex grass are being used to improve latex that could be used to make condoms as thin as a human hair without any loss in strength.

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Professor Alan Rowan joins The University of Queensland as the new Director of AIBN.

Professor Alan Rowan welcomed as new AIBN Director

1 February 2016: The Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology at UQ has welcomed Professor Alan Rowan as its new Director.

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Professor Peter Gray

Professor Peter Gray becomes interim ATSE President

18 December 2015: The director of the AIBN at UQ has been appointed as Interim President of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.

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Associate Professor Christine Wells

AIBN researcher awarded ARC Future Fellowship

16 December 2015: AIBN researcher Associate Professor Christine Wells has been awarded a prestigious Australian Research Council fellowship.

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Grants support cancer research

13 November 2015: Cancer research projects at the AIBN at UQ are beneficiaries in the latest round of National Health and Medical Research Council funding.

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NHMRC funding boosts research

11 November 2015: AIBN researchers have been named on a number of grants announced in the latest round of National Health and Medical Research Council funding.

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$5.2 million of ARC funding spurs AIBN research

30 October 2015: Researchers at the AIBN have been named on 12 Australian Research Council grants administered at UQ in funding announced across the year.

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Wuhan/Brisbane Research Alliance in Functional Polymeric Materials official ceremony.

AIBN enters international research alliance

27 October 2015: AIBN will lead the Brisbane node of the Wuhan/Brisbane Research Alliance in Functional Polymeric Materials.

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AIBN students had the opportunity to showcase their research.

Student conference draws praise

26 October 2015: The annual AIBN Student Conference has proven to be a successful platform to promote the work of students from the institute, and allow them to gain valuable experience.

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Professor Justin Cooper-White

Researcher scoops regenerative medicine award

15 October 2015: For the second year running an AIBN researcher has been recognised by Life Sciences Queensland for their work into regenerative medicine.

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Dr Zhongfan Jia and Dr Esteban Marcellin

AIBN picks up Research Week Awards

16 September 2015: Two researchers from the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology at The University of Queensland have won awards for their work during UQ’s annual Research Week.

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Professor Alan Rowan

AIBN to welcome new director

8 September 2015: The Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology at The University of Queensland has appointed a new director following an international search.

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L - R: AIBN Director, Professor Peter Gray; Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk; Dr Dimiter Dimitrov, National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Washington

UQ scientists to tackle international virus

16 June 2015: University of Queensland scientists will collaborate with top American researchers to develop an antibody against the growing global threat of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

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Cracked phone screens might be a thing of the past

23 April 2015: A University of Queensland start-up company has received more than $3 million in investor support for its scratch-resistant and environmentally sustainable acrylic glass for use in the computer, electronics and automotive industries.

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A coloured transmission electron micrograph of the Hendra virus. Image produced by Electron Microscopy Unit, Australian Animal Health Laboratory

World-first human Hendra virus clinical trials begin

1 April 2015: An antibody manufactured at The University of Queensland will be used in world-first human Hendra virus clinical trials starting this month.

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Researcher’s ‘atlas’ project opens a world of discovery

13 May 2015: Associate Professor Christine Wells from The University of Queensland has won a $50,000 prize for leadership in stem cell research.

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A single-drop DNA test invented by UQ scientists could revolutionise the detection of diseases in humans, livestock and crops.

New test to revolutionise disease detection in people, crops and stock

20 March 2015: A single-drop DNA test invented by University of Queensland scientists could revolutionise the detection of diseases in humans, livestock and crops.

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Study offers clue to how cells are programmed

13 February 2015: A landmark international study involving University of Queensland researchers has discovered how human and mammal cells develop specialised functions.

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The Nanopatch applicator and a large version of the patch.

Nanopatch vaccine technology company attracts $25 million

10 February 2015: Nanopatch vaccine technology company attracts $25 million

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Professor Lars Nielsen

Novo Nordisk Foundation (NNF) Nielsen

6 February 2015: Novo Nordisk Foundation (NNF) Laureate Research Grant: $8m global award to help AIBN researcher unlock cancer cell enigma

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AIBN Associate Professor Christine Wells is a key principal investigators for Project Grandiose

New platform aids stem cell research

11 December, 2014: UQ researchers are part of a global team that has identified a new type of artificial stem cell

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Dr Claudia Vickers and Science Minister Ian Walker at the 2014 Science Celebration ceremony

Tall Poppy Award celebrates scientific excellence

26 November, 2014: Dr Claudia Vickers has been recognised for scientific excellence with a 2014 Queensland Young Tall Poppy Science Award

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AIBN Professor Chengzhong (Michael) Yu has been recognised with the 2015 Le Févre Memorial Prize

UQ researcher receives prestigious prize from Australian Academy of Science

24 November, 2014: Professor Chengzhong (Michael) Yu has been recognised with the 2015 Le Févre Memorial Prize

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AIBN Dr Simon Puttick leads new, innovative research for the diagnosis and treatment of one of the most aggressive forms of brain cancer

$200,000 for brain cancer battle

19 November 2014: AIBN Dr Simon Puttick receives $200K from the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation

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CMM's Robyn Webb and the recently installed Gatan 3-view/Zeiss microscopy system

Van Gogh painting under the microscope

13 November 2014: A tiny sample of the Van Gogh "Sunflowers" painting is under the microscope at AIBN

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Wild polio strains are widespread in some poorer countries. Image from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative:

Next-gen polio vaccine tackles wild virus emergency

12 November, 2014: WHO is using AIBN vaccine technology in the battle against polio

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AIBN Ernst Wolvetang receiving his Aon Risk Solutions Regenerative Medicine Award - Shaun Murray Photography

AIBN regenerative medicine research celebrated

21 October, 2014: Associate Professor Wolvetang's regenerative medicine research has been awarded

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AIBN Dr Muhammad Shiddiky

AIBN cancer research boost

17 October, 2014: Dr Muhammad Shiddiky has been awarded a 4-year NHMRC Career Development Fellowship

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 Massimo Damiani, Mission Massimo Foundation Inc.

From discovering the code to finding a treatment

7 October, 2014: The quest to find a diagnosis for an unknown form of leukodystrophy

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AIBN Professor Debra Bernhardt

AIBN to roll out super computer

19 September, 2014: AIBN has bought a new high performance computer

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AIBN Dr Liang Zhou receiving his FREA from UQ’s Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj (left) and Australia’s chief scientist, Professor Ian Chubb (right)

AIBN star awarded by UQ

18 September, 2014: Dr Liang Zhou has won a UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award

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AIBN's Prof Mark Kendall, Vaxxas Founder and Chief Technology Officer

Nanopatch to help WHO battle polio

16 September, 2014: The World Health Organisation (WHO) collaborates with Vaxxas to battle against polio

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Group shot of the chief investigators including AIBN’s Mark Kendall, Andrew Whittaker, Simon Corrie, Kris Thurecht, and IMB’s Rob Parton.

Researchers seek big gains from targeting the tiny

28 August, 2014: ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology officially opened

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Nanopatch from Vaxxas.

Needle-free vaccine delivery selected as a technology pioneer

27 August, 2014: Vaxxas has been named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer.

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AIBN's PhD student Elizabeth Mason

Exploring gene networks provides insight into stem cell behaviour

12 August, 2014: AIBN led paper published in Stem Cell Reports

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Dr Claudia Vickers from UQ's Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology will talk about 'The science of beer' at the Queensland launch of National Science Week

Science meets beer and barbecues for Queensland launch

11 August, 2014: AIBN's Claudia Vickers speaking on 'The science of beer' for National Science Week 2014

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AIBN's Dr Chunxia Zhao

AIBN Future Fellowship Success

1 August 2014: Dr Chunxia Zhao has been awarded a highly competitive Future Fellowship

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Fellowship grants accelerate AIBN research for a better world

July 31, 2014: AIBN has secured three highly-competitive Accelerate Fellowships across the Mid and Early Career brackets

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UQ’s Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj and The University of Washington’s Professor Patrick Stayton

UQ partners with the University of Washington

July 30, 2014: AIBN collaboration with the University of Washington’s Molecular Engineering and Sciences Institute

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Dr Kristofer Thurecht has received a Novel Concept Award from the National Breast Cancer Foundation

Researchers use nanomedicine to treat aggressive form of cancer cell

July 25, 2014: Dr Kristofer Thurecht has received a Novel Concept Award from the National Breast Cancer Foundation

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Dow SISCA winning team of students from AIBN's Professor Lars Nielsen Group. From left to right: Tim McCubbin, Carlos Luna Flores, Jason  Jooste, Axayacatl Gonzalez Garcia

Student Challenge Success for AIBN

July 18, 2014: Researchers at AIBN have been awarded first prize in the Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award (SISCA)

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Australian Research Council Linkage funding for AIBN tops $1 million

July 10, 2014: AIBN has a 100% success rate with Linkage grants funded from the ARC

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Finding a path to market for AIBN ideas

July 10, 2014: AIBN has received over $60,000 from the 2014 opening round of UniQuest’s Pathfinder grant scheme

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Professor Mark Kendall has been listed in the Top 100 Influential Engineers

AIBN’s biomedical engineer listed in the top 100

July 1, 2014: Professor Mark Kendall has been listed in the Top 100 Influential Engineers

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PhD student Tim Brennan presenting his innovative research at 2014 FameLab Australia

Oranges taken out of the lab to explain science

June 4, 2014: Mr Tim Brennan's success at the 2014 FameLab Australia competition

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NanoBio Australia 2014, 6-10 July 2014, Brisbane

UQ to host Major International NanoBio Conference

June 18, 2014: NanoBio Australia 2014 incorporating the 5th International NanoBio Conference & 3rd International Conference on BioNano Innovation (ICBNI).

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Professor Darren Martin's start-up company TenasiTech receives $1 million investment

$1m boost for plastics technology

May 13, 2014: AIBN's start-up company TenasiTech receives $1 million investment

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Professor Mark Kendall

Researchers aim for portable dengue diagnosis

April 16, 2014: $800,000 in National Health and Medical Research Council funding

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AIBN researchers (clockwise from left) Professor Mark Kendall, Professor Andrew Whittaker, Dr Kris Thurecht and Dr Simon Corrie.

Improved diagnosis and treatment the aim at new centre

April 14, 2014: $26 million from the Australian Research Council for Centre of Excellence

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Associate Professors Ernst Wolvetang and Christine Wells (above) and a map of FANTOM's research (below).

DNA research revealing ‘libraries’ of information

March 27, 2014: AIBN contributes to unprecedented insight into health, development and behaviour

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AIBN PhD student Nasim Amiralian with Khairatun Najwa Mohd Amin

Funding to investigate native grass as renewable material

March 25, 2014: Seed research grant to advance AIBN research

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Dr Nani Wibowo

Prestigious appointment for up-and-coming vaccine researcher

February 24, 2014: Dr Nani Wibowo joins Vaccine’s Young Investigator Program

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Professor Michael Yu

Researchers step closer to targeting diseased cells

February 21, 2014: Prof Michael Yu's Australian Research Council funding and Advanced Materials paper

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Professor Lianzhou Wang

Researchers’ bid for better batteries and reduced emissions

February 20, 2014: Australian Research Council funds work with industry in China

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Conservation push recognised with top award

February 3, 2014: AIBN part of awarded international art project

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Prof Mark Kendall

Global audience for vaccine delivery researcher

January 20, 2014: Professor Mark Kendall's TED Global talk posted online

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AIBN graduate Yosephine Andriani (right) with Anna Gemmell.

Record graduating cohort for AIBN

January 17, 2014: AIBN awards 26 PhDs and one MPhil in 2013

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Bioproton managing director Henrik von Hellens (left), AIBN's Dr Rob Speight, Bioproton technical manager Juhani von Hellens and Minister Ian Walker.

New $4.5 million facility opens doors to stronger collaboration

January 16, 2014: Bioproton's enzyme formulation and production facility opens

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Dr Frank Sainsbury

Researchers’ precision engineering to target disease

January 15, 2014: Research collaboration secures frontispiece in international journal SMALL

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