We offer a busy calendar of events, which are variously available to the public, our graduates, future and current students, and staff.

Adventures with Photoactive Metal Complexes: Sensitised Lathanide Luminescence, Photoredox Catalysis and Photoactive Supramolecular Cages

24 May 2021 1:00pm2:00pm
Assoc. Prof. Evan Moore, SCMB, The University of Queensland
After completing my postgraduate studies at The University of Queensland in 2004, I undertook postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley, with Prof. Ken Raymond. I returned to Australia in mid-2008, after being awarded an ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Melbourne. In 2011, I was appointed as an Adjunct Lecturer at UQ, and was also awarded a Marie-Curie International Fellowship, undertaken in the Photochemical Nanosciences Laboratory at the Università di Bologna, Italy. In May 2012, I returned to Brisbane, rejoining the University of Queensland as an ARC Future Fellow, and was recently promoted to Associate Professor in 2021.

Dietary microplastics promote gut inflammation leading to prolonged viral arthritis

19 May 2021 12:00pm1:00pm
Global microplastic (MP) contamination is now well described, with clear detrimental effects on the environment. The potential for MPs to affect human health remains a matter of speculation (https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-01143-3), with limited compelling evidence in mammalian systems. We show that 80 µg/kg/day consumption of 1 µm MP beads in mice generated a low grade colon inflammation that was associated with an exacerbation of chikungunya virus arthritis. No MPs crossed the gut wall, and there was no effect on the microbiome. Together with RNA-Seq-derived mechanistic insights, we provide evidence that at levels of MP consumption seen in humans, MP can exacerbate proinflammatory immunopathology.

Unravelling the molecular mechanisms behind mutations and their link to phenotypes using graph-based signatures

28 April 2021 12:00pm1:00pm
David Ascher is an NHMRC Investigator, Head of the Computational Biology and Clinical Informatics group at the Baker Institute and the Structural Biology and Bioinformatics Laboratory at the University of Melbourne. He is also the Academic Lead of the Systems and Computational Biology Platform at Bio21 Institute. He is an Associate Editor of Progress in Biophysics & Molecular Biology and Frontiers in Bioinformatics, and holds positions at Cambridge University (UK), FIOCRUZ (Brazil), and the Tuscany University Network (Italy). His research focuses on unravelling the link between genotype and phenotype, using computational and experimental approaches to understand the effects of mutations on protein structure and function. He has developed a platform of 32 widely used programs for assessing the molecular consequences of coding variants (>500,000 hits per month). These methods have been implemented into industry pipelines and translated to guide diagnosis, management and treatment of a number of hereditary diseases, rare cancers and drug resistant infections.

Completing the Cycle: Ring Opening and Ring Closing Reactions for Complex Heterocycle Synthesis

23 March 2021 3:00pm4:00pm
Associate Professor Christopher J. T. Hyland, School of Chemistry and Molecular Bioscience, The University of Wollongong

Manipulating Light with Molecular Excitons

8 March 2021 1:00pm2:00pm
Presenter: Professor Timothy Schmidt, School of Chemistry, UNSW

2020 SCMB Research Students Symposium

26 November 2020 9:00am
The 16th annual symposium organised by and for SCMB's research (HDR, PGCW project and Honours) students and open to other UQ research students and staff to attend as audience members.

Novel technologies for discovery, design and development of new and effective vaccines

26 November 2019 4:30pm
Presenter: Professor Mariagrazia Pizza, Senior Scientific Director for Bacterial Vaccines at GSK Vaccines

The beauty of gold: from small molecules to supramolecular complexes for biomedical applications and activity in aqueous environment

14 November 2019 4:00pm6:00pm
Presenter: Professor Angela Casini, Chair of Medicinal and Bioinorganic Chemistry, Technical University of Munich (TUM)

Discovery and development of antiviral nucleosides: The story of Remdesivir (GS-5734), a broad spectrum antiviral agent for the treatment of Ebola

30 September 2019 1:00pm3:00pm
Presenter: Dr Richard Mackman, Vice President of Medicinal Chemistry, Gilead Sciences

Biobased Building Blocks for the chemical industry - Opportunities and Challenges for (bio)chemical reaction routes

28 June 2019 4:00pm6:00pm
Presenter: Professor Volker Sieber, Technical University of Munich

Genetics, Genomics and Biochemistry of Innate Immunity

12 September 2018 3:00pm5:00pm
Presenter: Professor David Hume, Mater Research Institute/University of Queensland

Adventures in the Virosphere

1 August 2018 1:00pm3:30pm
Presenter: Professor Edward Holmes, University of Sydney

Alumni reunion 2018

1 August 2018 1:00pm24 September 2018 3:30pm
Presenter: Professor Edward Holmes, University of Sydney

The Chemical Sciences and a Sustainable Future

16 July 2018 4:00pm6:00pm
Presenter: Professor Stephen Matlin, Institute of Global Health Innovation/Imperial College, London

Cryo-electron Microscopy of Helical Protein and Nucleoprotein Polymers: Insights into Evolutionary Divergence.

15 November 2017 5:30pm8:30pm
Presenter: Professor Edward Egelman, University of Virginia

The Role of Glycan Interactions in Cell and Host Tropism of Bacterial Pathogens

2 November 2017 3:00pm5:00pm
Presenter: Professor Michael Jennings, Institute for Glycomics, Griffith University

Nature microbiology writing workshop

20 October 2017 4:30pm
Presenter: Dr Michael Chao Associate Editor, Nature Microbiology publication

Sensing Our World: From glucose sensors to counting single molecules and cells

18 September 2017 1:00pm2:00pm
Presenter: Professor Justin Gooding, University of New South Wales

Walking in the Woods with Quantum Chemistry - New Concepts in the World of Natural Products Biosynthesis

5 December 2016 4:00pm
Presenter: Professor Dean Tantillo, The University of California (Davis), USA

Redefining Bacterial Virulence in terms of Evolution, Metabolism, Immune

19 July 2016 11:30am12:30pm
Presenter: Professor Harry Mobley, Frederick G. Novy Distinguished University Professor and Chair, University of Michigan

Simple/Low-cost Bioanalysis for the Developing World and Point of Care

30 June 2016 4:00pm5:00pm
Presenter: Prof George Whitesides, Harvard University