Biomolecular Interaction Centre - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

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.


The symposium will focus on collaborations and linkages. It will feature a wide range of speakers from the wider BIC community.

Date: 24 November 2016
Venue: University of Canterbury



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.

Engineering Biotechnology

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.


The BIC Annual Symposium will be held on Thursday 24 November. The 2016 Symposium brings together the nation’s best and brightest scientists in Biomolecular Interactions research. There will be a wide range of exciting presentations given by BIC investigators, postdocs, students, and national and international colleagues. We will end the day with a BBQ and networking event at UC’s beautiful Staff Club. Registration details will be availble soon.

Congratulations to UC doctoral student Sinan U─čur 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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