School of Physics
University of New South
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Proteins are the fundamental molecular machines in any
living system. Understanding how these machines work requires a
knowledge of the three dimensional atomic structure of the protein.
The focus of our group is to understand the molecular and cellular
function of various protein systems. Our key experimental technique is
x-ray crystallography, although we also utilise a battery of other
biochemical and biophysical techniques to enhance our understanding.
The laboratory has several themes including: membrane proteins, proteins
that undergo dramatic structural changes, light harvesting proteins and
The Group uses the tools of modern molecular biology
to prepare proteins of choice.
These are then characterised via
biophysical and biochemical means prior to structure determination.
We use computational and bioinformatic tools to analyse our structures. We
are also exploring the physical basis for the structures observed in
proteins, structural patterns, their structural transitions and mechanisms
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