The official opening and building dedication of Molecular Horizons is taking place tomorrow (Friday, 30 April 2021). The building will be dedicated in honour of the University’s fourth Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Wellings CBE.

The event will be attended by government and industry partners, University leadership past and present, philanthropic supporters, as well as Institute researchers and professional staff. Invitation is extended to all University staff and students to join the event via live-stream at 11.15 am.

Click here for the live-stream link.

The five-story Molecular Horizons building has been specifically designed to house world-class research facilities, collectively shared by a growing team of interdisciplinary researchers whose research spans across four key research themes; antimicrobial resistance, molecular neurosciences, protein aggregation related diseases and cancer therapeutics. By providing researchers with cutting-edge molecular and cellular visualisation tools, Molecular Horizons aims to deliver high-impact research that changes the way we understand diseases processes and to directly benefit our society and the health of our communities.

The centrepiece of the building is the Thermo Fisher Titan Krios Cryogenic Electron microscope. Standing at three metres tall, this one-tonne high-resolution microscope enables researchers to unravel life at the molecular level.

The technology works by firing a stream of high-energy electrons through a frozen sample, generating multiple two-dimensional visualisations of molecules that can be reconstructed into highly detailed three-dimensional models. These visualisation techniques will lead to a better understanding of how proteins and cells behave, which is critical to developing new ways to detect and fight disease.