NHMRC Investigator grants advance understanding of diseases and their treatments, at a cellular level

Professor Ryan Lister from University of Western Australia and Associate Professor Joseph Powell from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research were awarded significant NHMRC Investigator Grants to analyse the genetic and epigenetic landscape of cells, to improve our understanding of how diseases can be diagnosed and treated.

Australian researchers reveal new insights into retina’s genetic code

Australian scientists, including A/Prof Joseph Powell, have led the development of the world’s most detailed gene map of the human retina, providing new insights which will help future research to prevent and treat blindness.

Professor Christine Wells joins Stem Cell Reports editing team.

Professor Christine Wells recently joined the suite of editors of the reputable Stem Cell Reports as an Associate Editor. Professor Wells is the Director of the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Stem Cell Systems, and the Deputy Director of the national Stem Cells Australia initiative.

Optogenetics: Using the power of light to understand and manipulate cell behaviour

A recent review on optogenetics, led by Alexandra-Madelaine Tichy in the Janovjak Lab at Monash University, explored the opportunities and limitations of this incredible research tool.

Professor Rachel Ankeny elected President of the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology

The International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology encourages interdisciplinary scholarship on different aspects of biology and the life sciences broadly construed. The President-elect, Professor Rachel Ankeny, is a prolific scholar in several fields, including history and philosophy of contemporary biological and biomedical sciences and public understanding and engagement in science.

Cybernetic cells: blurring the boundaries of biology and technology

Dr Catriona Bruce, a member of the Australian Cell Design Network, is a Tipping Point Prize finalist exploring how we will soon be able to implant new cells in our body that could dispense medicine when needed – and communicate with the outside world.

Dr Kim-Anh Lê Cao recognised for outstanding contributions to statistics for biology

Dr Kim-Anh Lê Cao received the prestigious Australian Academy of Science Moran Medal for her work on developing statistical and computational methods that are applicable to high-throughput biological data arising from frontier technologies.

Mogrify wins Business Weekly award for ‘Disruptive Technology’

Cell Mogrify Ltd (Mogrify) has won the ‘Disruptive Technology’ category at the Business Weekly Awards, in recognition of its novel bioinformatic platform, which is built upon a decade of world-class multidisciplinary science.

Event: Born or Built? Our Robotic Future

The Born or Built? exhibition at Questacon examines the similarities and differences between humans and machines, explores our overlapping shared future, and questions the choices we will make to get there.

Big data points the way to custom stem cells

Genomic biologist Professor Christine Wells and biostatistician Dr Kim-Anh Le Cao are analysing big data to discover what makes stem cells tick. Already the pair have found new ways to classify stem cells, and they’re working to predict the cells’ behaviour and even create custom immune cells.

Learning about Australian stem cell research: at the frontier of tomorrow’s medicine

Over 200 guests including members of the Australian Research Council, public and high school students, joined researchers, including members of the Australian Cell Design Network to gain an insight into stem cell research and have their questions answered. Prof Christine Wells from the University of Melbourne described her work in exploring lab-made macrophages and their potential to include features such as making and delivering medicine.