Membrane transporters and channels

The anti-epileptic drug phenytoin enters a membrane lipid bilayer pulling water behind it.

Membrane transporters and ion channels play a crucial role in the provision of nutrients to organisms and cells, they remove toxic compounds and waste, and are crucial in regulating excitability in the nervous system. In the Research School of Biology we target ion channels to treat human diseases and target transporters to treat type 2 diabetes and cancer. We use computational approaches to study the function of ion channels and investigate transport processes in parasites as novel targets to combat Malaria. 

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Highlights

Aude Fahrer

Lab researching: Two main areas of research at the moment: 1. A very simple and inexpensive (and rather crazy!) cancer immunotherapy treatment I have...

Ben Corry

Following his passion for science, Ben Corry graduated with a PhD in Physics from ANU and is now a senior lecturer in the Research School of Biology...

Denisse Leyton

Group research focus Our research is focused on understanding the basic biology of autotransporters, outer membrane proteins typically found in...

Kevin Saliba

Lab research Mainly looking at vitamin utilisation pathways, but also pH regulation, in the red blood cell stage of the human malaria parasite...

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Xiaojun Yuan: Master of Biological Sciences (Advanced)

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News

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Jul
2016
Malaria researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) have found one of the malaria parasite's best weapons against drug treatments turns out to be an Achilles' heel,...
09
May
2016
Research School of Biology researchers have found a vital supply route that cancer cells use to obtain their nutrients, in a discovery that could lead to new treatments to stop...
16
Dec
2015
The Australian National University (ANU) has secured five prestigious Future Fellowships, two of which have been awarded to the Research School of Biology, to research the effects...
17
Nov
2015
Professor Stefan Broer has been awarded a Diabetes Australia grant to study the targeting of amino acid transport to treat type 2 diabetes.  The award was announced by the Federal...
03
Jun
2015
At a clinic in the western part of Cambodia, a young mother is given the malaria drug Artemisinin. After six days of treatment, the parasite has been cleared from her blood and...
15
May
2015
This research has significant potential for the design of new drugs to treat type 2 diabetes.” Australian researchers have discovered a link between protein intake and...
02
Feb
2015
The Research School of Biology welcomes two new Group Leaders. Denisse Leyton has joined the Division of Biomedical Science and Biochemistry, and will be working on a group of...
02
Dec
2014
Scientists have released details of a raft of new chemicals with potent anti-malarial properties which could open the way to new drugs to fight the disease. A new paper in PNAS is...
09
Sep
2014
A new study has revealed a weak spot in the complex life cycle of malaria, which could be exploited to prevent the spread of the deadly disease. It found female malaria parasites...
04
Jul
2014
Scientists from the Research School of Biology have opened the door to a new world of pain treatments with their discovery of the exact way that pain relief drugs, such as...

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