Welcome to the Biomolecular Interaction Centre
Founded in 2007, the Biomolecular Interaction Centre (BIC) is a multi-disciplinary centre dedicated to the study of molecular interactions critical to biological function. In addition to our University of Canterbury Investigators, we have a strong national collaborative network with Investigators at AgResearch, Callaghan Innovation, Institute of Environmental Science & Research, Massey University, Plant and Food Research, University of Auckland, University of Lincoln, University of Otago, University of Waikato and Victoria University of Wellington.
Annual Report 2014
Find out about all of BIC's successes and outputs over the past year in the 2014 Annual Report (PDF, 7.5 MB)
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.
BIC is delighted to announce that Rebecca Hurrell has accepted the position of BIC Manager. Rebecca has a background in chemistry and is currently programme manager for UC International College. We're very much looking forward to having her on the BIC team. We're hopeful that Rebecca will be officially on board before the end of July 2016.
Congratulations to BIC PI Ren Dobson who has received a US National Institute of Health Academic Research Enhancement Award to work on DapL as an antibiotic target. Ren's coapplicant is Associate Professor André Hudson from Rochester Institute of Technology, who visited UC last year as an Erskine fellow. This grant will enable Ren and André to continue to strengthen research ties between BIC and Rochester Institute of Technology, and will enable MSc student Anthony Weatherhead to spend six months at RIT to work on this project.
BIC welcomes Assoc Prof Anthony Poole, as the new Director.
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