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2 UQ Quick Facts Research & Teaching staff (UQ) (BACS) Academics2,191 152 Research Fellows 767167 Graduate Students9,832624 Undergraduate Students All students37,5003,384 International 6,670 536 (Top 3 – Singapore, China, U.S.A) Annual Income – 2008 ~ $1 billion (AUD) $151 million (AUD) Other 13 libraries (2 million + volumes) 18,000 + computers 1,955 Laboratories and teaching rooms

3 Sydney Melbourne University of Queensland Brisbane Moreton Bay Research Station Heron Island Research Station Low Isles Research Station Idalia National Park Lamington National Park UQ Facilities & Locations Low Isles Heron Island MBRS Lamington National Park Idalia National Park

4 Research

5 Research Institutes Institute for Molecular Bioscience Queensland Brain Institute Australian Institute for Bioengineering & Nanotechnology Sustainable Minerals Institute The Diamantina Institute for Cancer

6 Institute for Molecular Bioscience

7 Largest purpose - built biotechnology complex in Australia Opened May, 2001 750 scientists from –UQ's Institute for Molecular Bioscience –Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Division of Livestock Industries –CSIRO Plant Industry & Sustainable Ecosystems –Queensland Department of Primary Industries IMB was funded by an Irish/American philanthropist, UQ, Queensland Government, Australian Government and CSIRO. Institute for Molecular Bioscience

8 Queensland Brain Institute

9 Established in 2003 An AUD$60 million neuroscience research institute Developing new molecular, genetic and imaging technologies to drive discovery in the neurosciences Opened December 2007 and will house around 240 scientists Aims to gain a thorough understanding of brain function at the cellular and molecular level Will use this knowledge to further the R&D of therapeutics to enhance cognition during ageing, and to treat major brain diseases like stroke, dementia (Alzheimer’s Disease), spinal cord injury and anxiety disorders

10 Australian Institute for Bioengineering & Nanotechnology

11 Australian Institute for Bioengineering & Nanotechnology AUD$70 million research institute Established in 2002 Integrated biotechnology-based institute merges the skills of the engineer, chemist, biologist and computational scientist. Research strengths in: Nanotechnology, Cell and Tissue Engineering Systems Biotechnology, Nanobiomaterials and Devices AIBN is made up of 14 core research groups, 250 research scientists and PhD students.

12 Research Faculty of Biological & Chemical Sciences

13 Chemical Biology Infectious Diseases Ion Transport & Cell Signaling Molecular Biology & Biotechnology Molecular Design & Synthesis Developmental Biology Ecology Genetics & Evolution Insects Parasites & Interactions Marine Science Microbiology Molecular Plant Sciences Neuroscience Pharmacology & Toxicology Plant Sciences/Biotechnology Research Themes

14 Chemistry World class chemistry facilities. – refurbishment of $14.5m of Chemistry Building

15 Peptide and Carbohydrate Chemistry - drug and vaccine delivery Centre for Organo-Photonics and Electronics – new generation LEDs and solar cells Biodiscovery and Chemical Ecology – isolation, characterization and synthesis of natural products ARC Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials Molecular Design and Synthesis Chemistry

16 Molecular Biology, Biotechnology & Nanotechnology Dr Lindsay Sly discussing with students the properties of bacterial cultures

17 Structural Biology – X-ray crystallography, NMR, structural bioinformatics, drug and inhibitor design Molecular Genetics – breast and skin cancer, plant developmental genetics, fungal pathogens Cell Metabolism – neurochemistry, enzymology, bacterial diversity and biotechnology Biochemistry

18 Molecular virology – focus on flaviviruses including Dengue, Japanese encephalitis and West Nile Bacterial Pathogenicity – focus on mucosal pathogens including uropathogenic E. coli, Neisseria meningitidis, Streptococcus pneumoniae Biotechnology – vaccines, diagnostics, anti-infectives Microbiology, Infectious Diseases

19 Biomedical Sciences UQ’s gross anatomy facilities.

20 Biomedical Science Over $10 million in competitive grants annually Over 50 research academic staff State-of-the-art equipment and laboratory infrastructure Research areas in: NeurosciencePharmacology Functional BiologyDevelopmental Biology Cell Physiology and Biophysics

21 Life Sciences, Environment & Marine Science Students on location at the Great Barrier Reef investigating our unique biodiversity

22 Genetics & Evolution

23 16 researchers who apply new genomic technologies to non-model organism systems. Total research funding of $14.66M, and 51 PhD students in the period 2001-2006. Of the 190 peer-reviewed publications in the period 2001-2006, 86 (45%) had an author resident at an international institution. Highlight: An international consortium of researchers from 5 countries (Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Australia and the United States) lead by Prof Scott O’Neill and funded by a $10M Gates Foundation grant, to develop Wolbachia as a biological control agent for mosquito borne disease. Genetics & Evolution

24 Ecology & Conservation Insert caption here

25 24 researchers who conduct both applied and pure ecological studies Total research funding of $43M in the period 2001-2006. The 464 peer-reviewed publications in the period 2001-2006, had collaborations with researchers spread across 33 countries. Highlight: The development of a systematic conservation planning tool – MARXAN – by Prof Possingham that is the most widely used conservation planning tool in the world and is used by all the major conservation NGOs and many governments. Ecology & Conservation

26 Molecular Plant Sciences

27 12 researchers focusing on fundamental and applied aspects of limits to plant productivity, gene discovery and applications in plant improvement Two national research centres: the ARC Centre of Excellence in Integrative Legume Research (Director, Prof Gresshoff) and the CRC for Tropical Plant Protection (Director, Prof Irwin), Total research funding of $58M in the period 2001-2006. Highlight: The cloning of the super-nodulation gene in soybean which regulates nodule numbers by Prof Greshoff Highlight: The development by Professor Birch of genetic technology resulting in high sucrose yielding sugarcane to underpin a value-added sugarcane industry. Higher sucrose yield is a key to sustainable export profitability, and it makes the development of renewable biofuels from sugarcane more feasible. Molecular Plant Sciences

28 UQ’s online entomology program, the leading program in Australia Entomology

29 Aquaculture and Aquatic Animal Health - Dr Andy Barnes Coastal Resource Management - Associate Professor Ron Johnstone Coastal Plant Communities - Dr Cath Lovelock Coastal Ecosystems and Climate Change - Professor Ove Hoegh- Guldberg Marine Biology and Biodiscovery - Dr Ian Tibbets Marine Botany - Dr Norm Duke Palaeoecology of Benthic Ecosystems - Associate Professor John Pandolfi Photobiology & Symbiosis - Dr Sophie Dove Research Centre for Marine Studies

30 MARINE STUDIES – Coral Reef Targeted Research and Capacity Building for Management Project (CRTR) Multinational research effort - more than 70 scientists and four Centres of Excellence in Australia, Mexico, Philippines and Tanzania Project Funds in excess of AUD$20 million in cash and $70m in-kind support – from Global Environment Fund, World Bank, Queensland Government and UQ UQ is the Project Executing Agent – 15 year project of research to provide practical information and management tools to coral reef management jct Funds in excess of AUD$20 million in cash and $70m in-kind support – from Global Environment Fund, World Bank, Queensland Government and UQ UQ is the Project Executing Agent – 15 year project of research to provide practical information and management tools to coral reef management Research Funding Highlights

31 Provide centralised access and training for characterisation instrumentation for all research disciplines at UQ 5 locations 8 Transmission electron microscopes 7 Scanning electron microscopes 3 X-ray diffractometers 1 X-ray photoelectron spectrometer 2 High level mass spectrometers for isotope radiogenic studies 400 clients Comprehensive training programs Part of a national network Research Centre for Microscopy & Microanalysis

32 Commercialisation

33 The main technology transfer company for The University of Queensland 1,400 patents and patent applications $30 - 50 million revenues annually 80 staff Over 50 technology spinoffs and startups 200 international aid projects completed in 40 countries Australia’s largest technology commercialiser Research Commercialisation Workshop and R 3 Network of seminars and networking events for PhD students UniQuest Pty Limited

34 UniQuest Licensed Companies Akers International AB Ampal Inc Amrad Operations Pty Ltd Analytica Ltd Australian Biopesticide Company Pty Ltd Australian National Airlines Commission AWA Microelectronics Bruker Analytische Messtechnik Buckland House Securities Pty Ltd Bundaberg Sugar Company Ltd Bureau of Sugar Experiment Stations Cognitech Pty Ltd Colgate Palmolive CSL Ltd Currumbin Sand and Gravel Pty Ltd DataCraft Australia Pty Ltd Enya Systems Ltd Ersis Australia Flux Industries Pty Ltd Fungi-Gulp Pty Ltd Fujitsu Australia Ltd Glaxo Smith Kline Beecham General Electric Company Golden Circle Hewer Electronics Pty Ltd Ice T Multimedia Pty Ltd Impedimed Pty Ltd Inderlec Australia Pty Ltd Jacaranda Wiley Ltd Laser Dynamics Ltd Leucseeds Pty Ltd Logical Business Machines Lynx Project Medica Holdings Ltd Mine Remediation Services Pty Ltd Nanochem Ltd NMR Holdings No. 2 Pty Ltd OPCOM Pty Ltd Organotin Chemie Paravax Inc Promics Pty Ltd Qcom Pty Ltd Research Corporation Technologies Inc Resolve Engineering Pty Ltd Siemens AG Sigma Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd Stockyard Industries Pty Ltd The Director-General Department of Transport The Wellcome Foundation Ltd Xenome Ltd

35 Examples of a successful licence Licence of HPV vaccine to CSL/Merck for Gardisal MRI technology used in 60% of worlds MRI machines from 1997 (licensed to GE & Siemens) Licence of Triple PPP (Positive Parenting Program) copyright, now utilised in more than 15 countries

36 Biotech Commercialisation Staff & student inventors share ‘profit’ with UQ Bio-business training for staff + students Innovation & Commercialisation Manager in each faculty UniQuest 54 spin-off companies so far 7 spinoff companies in one year e.g. bananas as energy source; salmonella vaccine for cattle Australian Best Practice Award for commercialisation IMBCom IP protection + commercialisation embedded in laboratories 11 new biotech companies in first 5 years

37 Our People

38 Internationally recognised research excellence Professor Scott O’Neill recently awarded $10million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative research on the naturally-occurring bacteria called Wolbachia that passes from one generation of mosquito to the next could halve the adult mosquito lifespan, halting the spread of dengue fever.

39 Structure & function of flavivirus Dr Roy Hall role of non-structural proteins in cellular infection, pathogenesis, viral replication and induction of immune responses development of new diagnostic tests + viral vaccine ecology and epidemiology of viruses that are spread by insects monitoring the distribution and spread of new viruses isolated from mosquitoes Awarded most outstanding paper by Science in 2002 Commercialised a new West Nile virus vaccine technology in 2008

40 Professor Julie Campbell Vascular cell biologist Stem cell biology to bioengineer new blood vessels for transplantation Cellular & molecular mechanisms of blood vessel disease Cell plasticity: alternative cellular sources to create an artery wall Grows artificial blood vessels in the patient’s own peritoneal cavity Artificial Arteries

41 Director: Centre for Functional Nanomaterials, AIBN 230 papers in international refereed journals + 5 patents Clean energy production/utilisation gas to liquid conversion, hydrogen production & storage, fuel cells, high energy density batteries Environmental technologies photo-catalytic reduction of pollutants, economic removal & recovery of organic vapours, greenhouse gas reduction and utilisation Health care orthopaedic and cardiovascular biomaterials

42 Australian Award – Teaching Excellence Professor Peter O’Donoghue Joint winner of the 2002 Prime Minister’s Australian Award for Individual University Teacher of the Year. Peter teaches animal biology, veterinary science students; medical parasitology, marine parasitology, wildlife and veterinary parasitology, and foundations of medicine

43 2006 Australian of The Year Professor Ian Frazer UQ Diamantina Institute for Cancer, Immunology and Metabolic Medicine World-class research organisation of over 100 research scientists and students New state-of-the-art facilities being built - to be opened in 2010 Eleven research teams in three major research programs: The Cancer Cell Biology Program The Immunology Program Metabolic medicine “developed world’s first cervical cancer vaccine”

44 Our Students

45 Suria Ramli - Malaysia PhD Candidate Molecular Design and Synthesis: properties of interfaces.. “I am impressed by the range of excellent facilities provided for students from laboratories, libraries to student support and sport. UQ also promotes world class research and a wide range of multi-collaboration.”

46 Yi & Yin San Leong - Malaysia Bachelor of Biotechnology “What I like about my program is that it has given me chance to work in a research laboratory to gain experience working as a scientist," Yin San “The best thing about my program is that it involves both science and business, which suits my needs,” Yi San

47 “I enjoyed the program and the amazing Australian marine ecology so much, that I later returned to Down Under and UQ to do my Master’s Degree in Marine Biology.” Ben Kay Marine Biologist & Science Instructor, Santa Monica High School, California (USA)

48 “The amount of experience you gain is tremendous and highly valuable. To get into (Intellectual Property) you should have project management skills, interpersonal skills, commercial acumen with a great eye for detail, creativity, adaptability, networking ability and decision making skills, all of which my Master of Biotechnology helped provide” Aditya Angadi – India Master of Biotechnology

49 Studying Science

50 Largest science program in Queensland & top 3 in Australia World class research and teaching facilities Internationally recognised research excellence Extensive academic advice & support throughout degree Student focussed learning Teaching informed by Research Teaching excellence Extensive industry and government support Why choose UQ for Science?

51 Programs Bachelors Degree Science Biomedical Science Biotechnology Marine Studies Environmental Science Masters Degree (inc Grad Dip & Cert) Biotechnology Molecular Biology Entomology Science (Conservation Biology) Graduate Research MPhil PhD

52 Majors Bachelor of Science Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Biomedical Science Chemistry Computer Science Ecology Genetics Geographical Science Geological Sciences Marine Science Mathematics Microbiology Physics Plant Sciences Psychology Statistics Zoology Dual Majors Biophysics Bioinformatics Chemical Sciences Computational Science Extended Majors Biomedical Science Computer Science Mathematics Physics Psychology

53 Majors (4 year degrees) Bachelor of Biomedical Science Developmental Biology Human Genetics Immunology & Infectious Disease Molecular & Cellular Biology Neuroscience Pharmacology & Toxicology Physiology Bachelor of Biotechnology Bioinformatics Chemical Biotechnology Drug Design & Development Microbial Biotechnology Nanotechnology Plant Biotechnology Process Technology Bachelor of Environmental Science Earth Resources Ecology Molecular & Microbial Science Natural Resource Science Bachelor of Marine Studies Aquaculture & Marine Biotechnology Coastal Management Marine Biology & Ecology Marine Geology & Coastal Processes

54 Study & Employment Path Bachelor of Science Bachelor of Science (Honours) Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (Research) Technician Research Assistant (Government, research institute, universities, hospitals etc) Independent Researcher 3 years 1 year 3 - 4 years Bachelor of Marine Studies Bachelor of Biotechnology Bachelor of Environmental Science Bachelor of Biomedical Science Master of Business (Entrepreneurship) 1 year B.Biotech

55 Masters by Coursework Biotechnology, Entomology, Molecular Biology and Science (Conservation Biology) Entry with prior bachelor degree, honours degree or completion of Graduate Diploma Entry with prior bachelor degree, or completion of Graduate Certificate Entry with or without bachelor degree Entry with relevant four year bachelor degree (including honours) Graduate Certificate #8 Units (1 Semester) Masters #16 units (2 Semesters or 1 year) Entry with Master of Biotechnology #24 Graduate Diploma #16 units (2 Semesters) (or #8 units + articulated #8 units credit from Graduate Certificate) Master #24 (3 Semesters) (or #8 units + articulated #16 units credit from Graduate Diploma) Master of Biotechnology (Advanced) #32 (4 Semesters) (optional semester for additional research)

56 Extensive Academic Advice Buddy Program for new students Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) Society for Undergraduate Science Students (SUSS) Travel Scholarships (Postgraduates) Support Programs

57 Scholarships - International Undergraduate (Malaysia and UQ Foundation Year graduates) - International Honours (in Biological & Chemical Sciences) - International Postgraduate Coursework (India, Vietnam, Thailand) - PhD Conference Support

58 Faculty website Study Science Science scholarships PASS Program Important Websites

59 Thank you Further Information: Faculty of Biological & Chemical Sciences Phone: +61 7 3365 1888 Email: Website:

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