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Victoria University focuses on mission-oriented research that is relevant to the needs of society. The University has identified a number of strategic areas where our research strengths match the needs and interests of existing and potential external stakeholders.

Within the Strategic Research Areas, activities are coordinated through structures including Key Research Areas (KRAs), Research Centres, units, institutes and groups that contribute to the University and wider community. Most of the research is organised through a multi-tier system, with the University's KRAs at the broadest level. These KRAs are cross-disciplinary and co-exist with the network of Research Centres that represent nodes of research expertise within the University.

Research in the area of Medical Biotechnology involves studies on the environmental effects on breast and prostrate cancer and on some of the control processes regulating cellular function. Research is also being undertaken on the fetal origin of disease including the effect of genetic and environmental factors on preterm delivery, respiratory distress syndrome and placental insufficiency in women. Research is ongoing in development of new methods for synthesizing important pharmaceutical agents such as epinephrine using yeast to produce the correct sterioisomer. The Austin Institute is affiliated to Victoria University, providing additional focus on medical biotechnology.

The Muscle Cell Biochemistry Laboratory has a focus on the physiological role of muscle protein isoforms; the regulation of intracellular events by protein phosphorylation/ dephosphorylation and be endogenous substances (glycogen, glycolytic, metabolites and hormones); physiology, biochemistry and biogenesis of mitochondria.

The KRA in Integrated Food Value Chain is developing as a provider of large, high-quality and cross-disciplinary R&D programs, including areas such as food technology, food biotechnology, food processing, food marketing, hospitality, information technology, electronic commerce, food safety and quality, packaging technology, service quality, food tracking, operational research, systems engineering, logistics, warehousing and transport.

The Food Science and Biotechnology Research Unit facilitates an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to research in the broad areas of microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology and food science and technology as well as incorporating the expertise of the Biocatalytic Synthesis Unit (BISUM).

 

Faculty of Engineering and Science
School of Life Sciences and Technology
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Effect of aging on skeletal muscle respiratory complex activity, abundance and gene expression in the guinea pig
Chief Researcher: Lewandowski Dr P
Duration: -2001
Descriptors: AGING; GENE EXPRESSION; MOLECULAR GERONTOLOGY; SKELETAL
Research Fields Classification: 270201 Gene Expression
320307 Medical Biochemistry: Other


Use of polymorphisms in genes to predict physical characteristics of individuals from DNA samples
Chief Researchers: Baindur-Hudson Dr S, van Oorschot Dr R (Victorian Forensic
Science Centre)
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: DNA; GENETICS
Research Field Classification: 270201 Gene Expression


Use of molecular techniques (DD-RTPCR) to study changes in gene expression caused by environmental estrogenic pollutants (linked to prostate cancer)
Chief Researcher: Baindur-Hudson Dr S
Duration: -2001
Descriptors: REPRODUCTION; CANCER; GENETICS
Research Field Classification: 270201 Gene Expression


Human skeletal muscle maintenance and regulation in response to chronic ischaemic stress in peripheral vascular disease patients
Chief Researcher: O'Sullivan Dr S
Duration: -2001
Descriptor: PHYSIOLOGY--MUSCLE
Research Field Classification: 320699 Medical Physiology nec


A new look at the role(s) of glycogen and sugar phosphates in skeletal muscle contractility
Chief Researchers: Stephenson Assoc Prof G, Stephenson Prof G (La Trobe University)
Duration: -2002
Descriptor: PHYSIOLOGY--MUSCLE
Research Field Classification: 320699 Medical Physiology nec


A study of troponin C and parvalbumin isoforms in skeletal muscle of the toad bufo marinus
Chief Researchers: Nguyen Dr H, Stephenson Assoc Prof G
Duration: -2001
Descriptor: PHYSIOLOGY--MUSCLE
Research Field Classification: 320699 Medical Physiology nec


Functional diversity of the contractile activation process in skeletal muscle fibres of anurans, crustaceans and mammals
Chief Researchers: Stephenson Assoc Prof G, Stephenson Prof G (La Trobe University)
Duration: -2002
Descriptor: PHYSIOLOGY--MUSCLE
Research Field Classification: 320699 Medical Physiology nec


A new look at the role(s) of glycogen in skeletal muscle contractility
Chief Researcher: Stephenson Assoc Prof G
Sponsor: Clive and Vera Ramaciotti Foundations for Biomedical Research
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptor: PHYSIOLOGY--MUSCLE
Research Field Classification: 320699 Medical Physiology nec


Dual illumination system for microfluorometer
Chief Researcher: Stephenson Assoc Prof G
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptor: PHYSIOLOGY--BIOMEDICAL
Research Field Classification: 291599 Biomedical Engineering nec


Muscle protein determinants of meat tenderness and palatability
Chief Researcher: Warner Dr R
Supervisor: Bond Dr J
Duration: -2001
Descriptor: Meat--QUALITY
Research Field Classification: 300499 Animal Production nec


Mitochondrial ATP production, metabolism and contraction of dystrophic muscles following dietary supplementation
Chief Researcher: Hayes Dr A
Supervisors: Carey Assoc Prof M
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: ANIMAL--MOUSE MODEL; CELL--MITOCHONDRIA; DISEASE--HEREDITARY
Research Field Classification: 270201 Cell Metabolism


Effects of probiotics and prebiotics on intestinal microflora
Chief Researcher: Shah Assoc Prof N
Supervisor: Lankaputhra Dr W E V
Sponsor: Pacific Medical Co
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: PREBIOTICS; PROBIOTICS; WELLBEING
Research Fields Classification: 290101 Fermentation, Biotechnology and Industrial Microbiology
270301 Bacteriology


Composite effects of phytoestrogen and probiotic bacteria on lipid profile, bone turnover markers and sex steroid hormones
Chief Researcher: Shah Assoc Prof N
Supervisors: Stojanovska Assoc Prof L, Wilcox Dr G (Alfred Hospital)
Sponsor: Sanitarium Health Foods
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: BONE TURNOVER MARKERS; PHYTOESTROGEN; PROBIOTIC BACTERIA
Research Fields Classification: 270301 Bacteriology
290101 Fermentation, Biotechnology and Industrial Microbiology


Investigation of Australian medicinal plants for anticancer agents
Chief Researcher: Fernandez S (PhD)
Supervisors: Fairclough Prof B, Millikan Dr M
Duration: - December 2000
Descriptors: BIOCHEMISTRY; CHEMISTRY--PROTEIN
Research Field Classification: 320502 Basic Pharmacology

 


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