New University of Queensland research centre to unleash the power of proteins

The Federal Minister for Education Dan Tehan MP has announced A$35 million in funding to establish the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Innovations in Peptide and Protein Science at the University of Queensland.

The new research centre will focus on research to unlock the potential of peptides and proteins found in Australian flora and fauna. Potential applications are the development of next generation medicines and bio-friendly pesticides.

This research-centre is just one of three different research Centres of Excellence to be based at the University of Queensland, that have secured funding during this round of awards.

UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj AC said: “This is a tremendous outcome for the University which will see a A$102 million injection of funding into UQ-led research.”

“With three of the nine highly sought-after ARC Centres of Excellence awarded to UQ, we have now secured more centres than any other university – not only in this round but since the scheme’s inception in 2003 – which exemplifies UQ’s leadership in innovation and transformational research over the past 15 years.

“Earlier this month the Federal Minister announced the ARC Centre of Excellence for Plant Success in Nature and Agriculture at UQ, as well as the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course.

“This latest Centre will tackle biology’s next big challenge to uncover proteins and peptides that could lead to improvements in the food industry, pharmaceuticals and ecofriendly bio-pesticides.”

Researchers aim to discover new proteins from natural sources and develop technologies to apply solutions to science, agriculture, engineering, animal health and medicine.

Peptides acting as ecofriendly bio-pesticides have already been discovered in the venom of the Australian funnel-web spider, and potential antibiotics isolated from koala and Tasmanian devil milk.

In the global research effort, UQ will collaborate with the Australian National University, Edith Cowan University, Monash University, Queensland University of Technology and the University of Sydney, and 20 academic and industry partner organisations from Australia, Europe, Asia and America.

If you want to find out more about studying at the University of Queensland, contact Study Options. There will also be an opportunity to find out more about the University at one-to-one student information sessions in London this December.

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