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 Institute includes University of Canterbury researchers from the Colleges of Science and Engineering, as well as Education and Arts and partners with several New Zealand CRIs and Universities.
The Centre was founded in 2007 after being awarded funding from the Innovation and Development Fund from the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC). The primary investment of $1.85 million was used to purchase of a suite of state-of-the-art equipment that was supplied by Bio-Rad Laboratories. BIC has recently received
a multi-million dollar investment from the University of Canterbury to become one of two new premier research institutes on campus.
BIC researchers seek to understand the molecular interactions vital to biology and harness them in a wide range of applications. BIC has a number of Principal, Partner, Associate and Affliated Investigators, together with Post Doctoral Fellows, Postgraduate students and technicians from the University of Canterbury, as well as, other national and international institutions. Many these investigators directly support the research themes of the Centre while others have related research projects that benefit from BIC support.