Biomolecular Sciences

Biomolecular Sciences

The Biomolecular Sciences research group is jointly based in The Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Melbourne campus at Burwood and in The Centre for Chemistry and Biotechnology (CCB) at the Geelong campus at Waurn Ponds. The group's aim is to carry out high quality research in the area of molecular and cellular biology to solve both fundamental and practical problems. Research in CCMB and in CCB is underpinned by funding from the Australian Research Council, National Health and Medical Research Council and National Institute of Health (USA) as well as from industry.

Research in the Biomolecular Sciences group provides outstanding opportunities for Honours and postgraduate students in programs of international standard supervised by high caliber academic staff. The excellent research infrastructure within CCMB and CCB attracts international research visitors and students and provides an outstanding research environment. CCMB also houses a Biotech company, Alchemy Biosciences, that provides additional opportunities for research student projects. CCMB is part of the recently established Deakin University Special Research Centre for Molecular and Medical Research of which Professor Ackland is co-director. Professor Barrow is the director of the CCB University Special Research Centre.

Group coordinator

Professor Leigh Ackland
Acting Director
Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 925 17036

Key Research Areas in CCMB

  • Copper and zinc in health and disease
  • Cell biology of breast and prostate cancer
  • Therapeutic development for breast and prostate cancer
  • Heavy metals in cyanobacteria, fungi and plants
  • Novel approaches for control of Phytophthora
  • Cell and molecular biology of neuronal cell death
  • Mechanisms of gene expression
  • Plant-microbe interactions, microsbial plant growth promotion, genomics of nittrogen fixing bacteria
  • Muscle regeneration
  • Molecular allergy research

For further details refer to the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) website.

Key Research Areas in CCB

  • Comparative genomics, proteomics, metabolomics and bioinformatics
  • Bioassay development and the production of bioactive compounds
  • Bioactive milk proteins
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Novel separation and detection methods
  • Functional Foods
  • Biofuels


Assoc Prof Leigh Ackland
Prof Colin Barrow
Assoc Prof Peter Beech
Prof David Cahill
Dr Sharon La Fontaine
Dr Steve Cheung
Dr Bernhard Dichtl
Dr Lambert Brau
Alfred Deakin Prof Julian Mercer
Dr Fred Pfeffer
Assoc Prof Cenk Suphioglu
Dr Giovani Turchini
Dr Jan West
Dr Michael Cater

Postdoc Fellows and Associated Staff

Dr Jacqui Adcock
Dr Xavier Conlan
Dr Luke Henderson
Dr Roxana Llanos
Assoc Prof Paul Francis
Dr Agnes Michalczyk

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