Monday 12 September, 2011 – UQ Research Week

This month BrisScience is presenting The University of Queensland’s annual Research Week Public Lecture. This year’s talks are:

Superbugs  and the machine that goes ‘ping’

Prof Matt Cooper, Institute of Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland

Bacteria are everywhere.  Most are harmless or even beneficial to humans, but ‘superbugs’ are a force to be reckoned with.  Sadly our inappropriate use of antibiotics over the last 50 years has led to the global spread of bacterial resistance.  At UQ, Matt Cooper’s group is developing new ways of detecting bacteria and new drugs to treat infections.  In this talk, Matt will show how physics, chemistry and biology are used in our battle against the superbugs!

The genomic architecture of animals

Prof Bernie Degnan, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland

What does it means to be an animal? To answer this question the science of genomics has been used to resurrect a deeply ancient, long-extinct ancestor from which evolved all contemporary animals, from sea sponges and corals to butterflies and humans.  The recent sequencing of the genome of one of the simplest of living animals, the marine sponge, has allowed scientists to peer into our deep pre-Cambrian past.  Prof Degnan will present his research into the genome, which has radically changed the way we view animal evolution and complexity, and is dissolving the inveterate divide between complex (e.g. humans) and simple (e.g. sponges) animals.

  • Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm (doors open at 6pm), Monday the 12th of September.
  • Venue: Long Room, Customs House at Riverside.
  • Arrangements: Please note that you must RSVP for this talk by the 5th of September.
  • Refreshments: There will be complimentary drinks and nibblies following the talk, where Prof. Cooper and Prof. Degnan will be available to answer any questions
  • Questions? Contact Lynelle.
  • For more information on UQ Research Week please visit the website.

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