The Biosecurity program exists to investigate and understand various aspects of viral proteins, host proteins, and immune responses. By utilising techniques such as structural biology, gene cloning, and protein crystallography, the program aims to uncover new insights and potential therapies for pathogenic viruses, cancer, and immune-related diseases.
Funding: Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) $9M to establish a Biosecurity Training Centre (BTC).
The purpose of the program is to advance scientific knowledge and develop new avenues for therapies in the fields of virology, immunology, and cancer research. The plan involves utilising techniques like structural biology, gene cloning, protein crystallography, mutagenesis, and biochemical assays to study viral proteins, host proteins, and immune responses. The project aims to understand how pathogenic viruses inhibit immune responses and explore potential targets for intervention. Additionally, it involves investigating vaccine development, overcoming bacterial drug resistance, and studying the role of specific proteins in developmental biology and cancer.