Ten Years Big Picture Seminar - "Measuring and modelling malaria parasites: Why Bio21 is a great place to do convergence science"

Date: 
Thursday, 10 September, 2015 -
16:00 to 17:00
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Convergence is being touted as the next revolution in science. Nobel Laureate Phillip Sharp, noted: "Convergence entails collaboration among research groups but, more deeply, the integration of disciplinary approaches that were originally viewed as separate and distinct. This merging of technologies, processes, and devices into a unified whole will create new pathways and opportunities for scientific and technological advancement."

Professor Leann Tilley’s research aims to understand and control malaria. She embraces a large range of technologies from drug and protein chemistry to molecular cell biology, from advanced imaging techniques to mathematical modelling approaches. She is assisted by deep collaborations with experts from other disciplines, ranging from organic chemists to biomechanical engineers, computational scientists and physicists. The seminar will consider some of the exciting developments in these areas and explore how pioneering imagining modalities such as Super-Resolution Optical Microscopy, 3D electron tomography, and single particle cryoEM can provide insights into the workings of the malaria parasite.

She will talk about how the Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute, brings together diverse research groups and powerful core platform technology facilities, making it an ideal environment to undertake convergence science.

Biography

Leann Tilley obtained her BSc(Hons) in Biochemistry from the University of Melbourne, and her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Sydney. After postdoctoral fellowships at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, the College de France in Paris, and at the University of Melbourne, she joined the Biochemistry Department at La Trobe University. In July 2011 she returned to the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Melbourne.

Professor Tilley is an award-winning academic recognised for her world leading research on malaria pathogenesis and drug resistance. She holds an ARC Australian Professorial Fellowship, and has most recently awarded $2,951,945 to progress her plans to ‘measure and model’ the malaria parasite.

Leann served as Deputy Director and Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coherent X-ray Science (CXS) (2006-2014). She is currently an Associate Director and theme leader for Cell and Structural Biology at the Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute.

What: Ten Years Big Picture Seminar - "Measuring and modelling malaria parasites: Why Bio21 is a great place to do convergence science".

Speaker: Professor Leann Tilley, Associate Director and theme leader for Cell and Structural Biology at the Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute   

When: 10 September 2015, from 4:00 -5:00 pm, followed by refreshments

Where: Bio21 Institute auditorium, followed by refreshments in the atrium

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