The Biomolecular Interaction Centre (BIC) is a multi-disciplinary 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 highly functional products.
The Centre was founded in 2007 at the University of Canterbury and includes researchers from the Colleges of Science and Engineering and partners with several New Zealand CRIs, Universities and Callaghan Innovation. In 2010, BIC received a multi-million dollar investment from the University of Canterbury to become one of two new premier research institutes on campus.
BIC has 7 Principal Investigators and more than 30 Partner, Associate and Affiliated Investigators. These investigators are supported by 7 Postdoctoral Fellows and more than 30 Postgraduate students researching biomolecular interactions. The biomolecular flagship projects include investigating protein and peptide surface coatings, protein as building blocks and enzyme evolution and design. Together BIC supports a dynamic research environment for both staff and students.