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Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences

.....integrating chemical and biomolecular sciences to achieve a sustainable environment, understand health and disease, and advance new molecular technologies.

Welcome to the Department

Who we are and what we do

The Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences (CBMS) is part of the Faculty of Science and has around 20 academic staff and 60 higher degree research students making us one of the most research-intensive departments on campus. The Department is located in buildings F7B and E8C, adjacent to the University's Research Park........Read On

Welcome from our HOD

Welcome to the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences (CBMS). Our department is a merger of staff from the former Department of Chemistry and a group of staff from the biology discipline that study cells and biological processes from a molecular perspective. These two areas of the university have long traditions of teaching and research excellence. This realignment is an exciting one as it will ensure that the innovative university can maintain its high profile and success in these key disciplines of 21st century science. If you are a prospective undergraduate or postgraduate student and would like further personalised career or degree advice we would be happy for you to contact any member of academic staff listed in this site.

Studying with Us

Are you interested in studying with us? Why not check out our Open Day presentation on studying with CBMS, then try the "Courses" tool to find a course that suits you. Enter a few key words describing the area you wish to study. For example, biotechnology, analytical chemistry, medicinal chemistry, microbiology or molecular biology.



Upcoming Seminar - Tuesday, 4th Nov

Prof Naresh Kumar from University of New South Wales will be presenting a seminar titled: "Bio-inspired development of antimicrobial compounds and coatings" on Tuesday, 4th Nov at 01:00:00 PM.

Posted by Sophie Mazard on 29 Oct 2014

Congratulations to MRes Students

Congratulations to the inaugural 2nd year MRes students on handing in their thesis. Well done!

Posted by Ian Jamie on 10 Oct 2014

Senior Indigenous elder Uncle Ron Heron receives honorary doctorate for endeavours of MQ through science, education and leadership

Ronald Heron, a highly respected senior elder of the of the Yaegl Aboriginal people of Northern New South Wales, and an anthropologist, historian and former university lecturer, was recognised with a Doctor of Letters honoris causa from Macquarie University on Tuesday, 23 September.

Since 2002, Uncle Ron has worked with Macquarie University researchers on a cooperative project studying and testing medicines made from native plants. With Heron as a key supporter, the Macquarie team started education programs in local schools aimed at providing pathways through high school and tertiary study, now a national initiative in the National Indigenous Science Experience Program.

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Posted by on 24 Sep 2014

Undergrad students represent CBMS at iGEM competition to be held in Boston in October

Our CBMS330 Biomolecular Major undergraduate science students will compete in world’s premier synthetic biology competition to be held in Boston in late October. Read more at Macquarie Newsroom and follow their project.

Posted by Louise Brown on 16 Sep 2014

Yaegl people, Macquarie Uni combine to give bush medicine a boost

Macquarie University medicinal chemist Joanne Jamie has been working with the Yaegl community for a decade as it ­explores ways to preserve indigenous knowledge and culture of bush foods and native plants to pass on to the next generation. ­Already, a high school indigenous science and cultural immersion program has begun, a Yaegl bush-medicine handbook written and a native bush food and medicine garden planted next to Maclean High School.

The next step the community is looking to take, Associate Professor Jamie said, was to use some of the traditional knowledge to turn indigenous plants and trees into natural medicinal soaps, creams and healthcare products that could be made and sold ­locally.

“The focus here is not on using our science to isolate compounds for (global pharmaceutical) development but to back up the Yaegl traditional knowledge with sound science showing why these plants and medicines work and endorsing that they can be used safely and effectively,” she said.

“What has been most exciting as we have worked together with this scientific testing … is that there has developed this sense that they want to show the world how valuable and useful their bush medicine knowledge is, and that now looks like what they will develop a cottage industry around.”

Native Vegetables and Indigenous Communties

Posted by on 20 Aug 2014

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