Centre for Medical Bioscience
Actively fostering exciting interdisciplinary projects and providing a supportive and well-equipped research environment in which medical bioscience flourishes.
The Centre for Medical Bioscience brings together a multidisciplinary team of chemists and biologists with a common interest in the molecular basis of disease and disease prevention from the School of Chemistry and School of Biological Sciences at the University of Wollongong.
CMB researchers collaborate closely on exciting research programs focused primarily in three key areas:
- Anti-microbial agents - targeted at new anti-bacterials and vaccines
- Age-related diseases - investigation of cataract, neurodegenerative and inflammatory disorders
- Cancer - new therapeutics for breast and prostate cancer
CMB’s translational programs are underpinned by basic science directed at discovery of biological targets and their structural and functional characterisation. We aspire to develop new drug leads to more effectively tackle diseases associated with ageing and to address problems of cancer and drug resistance in infectious disease.
We are a regional centre of expertise in biotechnology and form the hub of molecular biology research in the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute, with many of our members based in state-of-the-art facilities in the new IHMRI building. Our close alignment with the Centre for Medicinal Chemistry provides ready access to complementary expertise in drug design and chemical synthesis.
CMB is growing rapidly: there are now 14 team leaders, 17 research fellows and more than 30 postgraduate research students associated with CMB projects. Our work is well funded by research grants from the ARC and NHMRC; 10 of our members hold competitive fellowships.