January 2020

Welcome to the 20’s!

The closing months of the last decade saw some great results for our Centre scientists, with the development of exciting new imaging approaches, techniques and discoveries. These include the award of over $20 million in Commonwealth competitive grants and fellowships. More details of these outcomes will be in our 2019 Annual Report, which will be out in March.

The scientific output from our Centre scientists has been impressive, with numerous publications coming out over the December to January period. These include high-profile papers in Science, Nature Communications and Science Immunology.

The Centre was very pleased to welcome another three scientists from our partner Fraunhofer IZI-BB. Dagmar Schlenzig, Claudia Spahn and Anne Zemella joined us for 10 weeks, working on ongoing collaborative research projects involving our state of the art Cryo-EM facility and Fraunhofer’s cell-free protein synthesis technology.

Throughout the course of the Centre we have been delighted to run regular workshops aimed to train scientists from around Australia in the use and application of the latest imaging technologies. Our first training event of 2020 will a one-day Embedded Focus Workshop on Cryo-EM Methods (February 11th, 2020), in partnership with The Lorne Conference on Protein Structure and Function. This workshop will feature local and international speakers such as Stefan Raunser, Kelly Nguyen, Tristan Croll, Susan Lea and many more.

Finally as we begin a new year and a new decade, our thoughts are with the people, the communities and the wildlife impacted by the bushfire crisis across Australia.

I wish you all the very best for a productive 2020!!!


James Whisstock
Director, ARC Centre of Excellence in Advanced Molecular Imaging