Joel, together with Gottfried Otting (ANU), Philip Kuchel and others, has obtained funding (AUD750K) to install a cryosystem on the MMB’s 600 MHz NMR spectrometer. The system will come with two probeheads – a TXI (HCN) probe (for protein and other 1H work) and a CH dual probe for metabolic work.
At the recent Asian Crystallographic Association (AsCA) in Broome, Western Australia, the PDB announced the initiation of the PDB Poster Prize for best student poster presentation in macromolecular crystallography. The prize was awarded to Janet Deane for her work conducted in collaboration with Dr Megan Maher and Dr Mitchell Guss.
At the recent East Coast Protein Meeting, held at Coffs Harbour, Daniel Ryan won a prize for the best student poster, for his presentation entitled “Using LMO2:ldb1 fusion protein sto probe multi-protein transcriptional complexes”. For his efforts, he was awarded $500 towards attending the ComBio2003 conference in Melbourne this September.
Joel was profiled (briefly!) in The Sydney Morning Herald’s new Health and Science section this week. I know we don’t use radioactive waves, but it is the press…
Philippa Stokes and Belinda Westman took out two of the poster prizes at the recent Lorne Conference for Protein Structure and Function. At the same meeting, Joel gave a talk on Ann Kwan and Belinda Sharpe’s protein design work, and Jacqui chaired a session. Overall, a good time was had by all (as usual at Lorne!).
Our most recent paper, a collaboration with Peter Karuso, on the solution properties of DNA-binding ruthenium complexes, made the cover of Dalton Transactions, a Royal Society of Chemistry journal.
Postdoctoral and Research Assistant positions are currently available in the Mackay and Matthews labs. Download PDF advertisement for postdoc. Contact Joel or Jacqui for more information.
A consortium headed by Gottfried Otting and Joel was recently awarded $1.53M from the ARC’s large equipment grant fund (LIEF). This grant, which was the largest of its kind, will allow the purchase of an 800 MHz NMR spectrometer equipped with a cryosystem. The instrument will be situated at the Research School of Chemistry at ANU and the University of Sydney will have ~20-25% of the measurement time. This will be a tremendous boost to our capabilities, allowing the recording of full datasets in substantially reduced times, as well as greatly improving signal-to-noise over the current instrumentation.
A team comprising Merlin Crossley (USyd), Andrew Perkins (Monash) and Joel was awarded an NIH R01 grant (~AUD1.2M) to study the repression of fetal gamma globin.
A crack team, made up of Janet Deane, Ann Kwan, Chu Wai Liew and Wendy Yung, took out the 15 in 24 hour event at the recent NSW Rogaining Championships, held in Nowendoc north of Newcastle. Joel and Jacqui also competed (in the 24 h event) and were placed third. A good time and much navigating was had by all…