Prof James Whisstock, Prof Ian Smith and Assoc Prof Mike Lawrence (WEHI) will head Victoria's first cryo-electron microscopy centre, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Melbourne, La Trobe University, Burnet Institute and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute. The centre will be built on the Monash Clayton Campus, providing researchers with local access to technology that Prof Whisstock says "will allow researchers to create powerful images of nature's tiny machines, in order to develop therapeutics for diseases such as cancer, diabetes and immune disorders."
Some of the research already scheduled to take place at the centre includes looking at how unwanted immune activity can cause disease, how bacteria become resistant to antibiotics, how certain cell signalling events drive the development of cancer, and how transport systems move protein and other cargoes across cell membranes.
Photo taken at the Ramaciotti Biomedical Research Awards dinner
Prof Ian Smith (4th from left) and Prof James Whisstock (7th from left)
Image courtesy: Nic Long