Welcome to the Biomolecular Interaction Centre
Founded in 2007, the Biomolecular Interaction Centre is a multi-disciplinary research centre dedicated to the study of molecular interactions critical to biological function. Understanding biomolecular interactions is central to a range of fundamental sciences, new treatments for disease, and a wide range of functional products. This gives us a variety of pathways through which we can connect to industry.
We have a strong network of researcheres. In addition to those at the University of Canterbury, we have a strong national collaborative network with investigators at AgResearch, Callaghan Innovation, Institute of Environmental Science & Research, Massey University, Plant & Food Research, University of Auckland, University of Lincoln, University of Otago, University of Waikato and Victoria University of Wellington. Our networks also extend internationally to over 59 institutions in Australia, the UK, the US and beyond.
In 2017, the Institute will celebrate ten years.
BIC Annual Report
Our latest report is now available. Download (PDF 7.1MB)
Evolving and Engineering Biomolecules
Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution. We take that adage to heart, and are exploring fundamental questions of how molecules evolve, function and interact.
Advances in bioengineering provide great potential for enhanced device functionalities. We aim to connect basic biotech research with innovative applications driven by engineering technology.
From Interaction to application
Protein interactions are important in an amazing variety of applications, so our basic science finds application in a broad range of fields: drug design, nanotechnology, food science, agritech and diagnostics.
Congratulations to PI Antony Fairbanks, who has secured three years of Marsden Funding from the Royal Society of New Zealand to study "A new paradign for organelle targeting". His funding is from 2017-2020.
Congratulations to UC doctoral student Sinan Uğur Umu and BIC PI's Paul Gardner, Anthony Poole and Renwick Dobson who have had their research into determinants of gene expression published in eLife scientific journal.
Congratulations to BIC PIs Ren Dobson and Volker Nock, who have been awarded one of three Tech Jumpstart prizes ($20,000) for their project “A point-of-care microfluidic device that tests for blood incompatibility”. Also, Ren, along with PI Conan Fee have secured funding for the BIC from the Riddet CoRE at Massey University. Funding of $123,000 over two years will support projects of mutual interest to BIC and the Riddet Centre.
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