The Molecular Imaging theme uses a broad range of methods to characterise molecular structure and function. Understanding the fundamental science that underpins disease and ageing, as well as the complex interplay between organisms and their environment, inherently relies upon molecular imaging.
The group uses the latest technologies for characterising molecules and their dynamics to understand molecular processes at the organism, cellular and macromolecular scale.
Current research projects include using molecular imaging and spectroscopy to investigate the inhibition of cell-death by viruses; understanding the role of metals in cells; and developing new techniques for the visualisation of molecular function within live cells.
Members have expertise in a range of advanced techniques for molecular and cellular characterisation, including super-resolution and electron microscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance and X-ray crystallography. Many of our members are regular users of the Australian Synchrotron.