Following the EMBL model, EMBL Australia group leaders are given the freedom and funding to pursue ambitious research, ask big questions and take big risks.

The EMBL Australia Partner Laboratory Network (PLN) currently consists of 13 research groups at six institutes across the nation. The secretariat is hosted at Monash University.

Victorian node 

The Victorian node of the PLN is hosted at Monash University and currently consists of four research groups:

  • Edwina McGlinn, based at the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI), is working to understand the genes controlling the formation of the skeleton and neural circuits.
  • Chen Davidovich, based at the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute (Monash BDI), is studying key proteins involved in the maintenance of stem cell fate, which play an important role in multiple cancers.
  • Max Cryle, also based at Monash BDI, is using a combination of techniques to understand and harness the major protein machines that catalyse the production of some of the most important antibiotics in clinical use.
  • Mikaël Martino, based at ARMI, focuses on the immune regulation of stem cells and regeneration, seeking to design regenerative medicine strategies integrating a control of the immune system.
  • Harald Janovjak, also based at ARMI, aims to develop synthetic biology strategies to maintain cell survival and initiate cell proliferation in degenerative disorders.

South Australian node 

The South Australian node of the PLN is hosted at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and comprises three groups, supported by the University of Adelaide, the University of South Australia and Flinders University.

  • David Lynn is based at the SAHMRI Infection and Immunity theme, where he investigates the regulation of the innate immune system from a genome-wide or systems-level perspective.
  • Ville-Petteri Mäkinen is based at the Heart Health research theme at SAHMRI, where he uses big data to better understand pathologic phenomena at the intersection of ageing, obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
  • Pirjo Apaja, based in SAHMRI’s Nutrition and Metabolism theme, focuses on organelle biology and disease, investigating mechanisms in autophagy and endo-lysosome network trafficking and their contribution to disease conditions, such as neurological disorders and cancer.

New South Wales node 

The New South Wales node of the PLN is hosted at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Sydney.

  • Yann Gambin is based at UNSW's Centre in Single Molecule Science. He combines single molecule detection and microfluidics to develop a microscopy-based pipeline to readily study protein-protein interactions at high resolution.
  • Maté Biro is also based at the UNSW Centre in Single Molecule Science. He studies actomyosin mechanisms during cytoxic T cell action and the elucidation of the biomechanical cell-cell interaction between T cells and their cancerous targets.
  • Robert Weatheritt is based at the Garvan Institute and aims to understand how post-transcriptional regulation contributes to proteomic diversity and cell signalling.

Australian Capital Territory node

The ACT node of the PLN is hosted at the Australian National University (ANU), Canberra.

  • Barry Thompson will be based at the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the ANU from early 2019. He aims to understand the control of tissue growth and form using Drosphila and mice as models.

Queensland node

The Queensland node of the PLN is hosted at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute.

  • Michelle Boyle is currently establishing her laboratory. She will commence at QIMR Berghofer in early 2019. Her goal is to inform the development of effective malaria vaccines by defining functional mechanisms of antibodies that target the parasite, and the development of protective antibodies in humans.

Collaborating Groups

Though not officially part of the PLN, a number of research groups have strong and direct collaborative links between Australia and EMBL scientists.

Currently, three Australian research teams are recognised as EMBL - Australia Collaborating Groups due to their active collaborations with EMBL researchers: Professor Thomas Preiss (Australian National University), Associate Professor James Bourne (ARMI, Monash University) and Dr Mirana Ramialison (ARMI, Monash University).