Grant success for MIPS researchers

4 November 2016

Researchers at MIPS have secured over $3.3 million in funding in the recently announced NHMRC and ARC grants.

Research that could lead to further understanding of GPCRs, nanoparticles to combat cellular dysfunction and small molecule therapeutics for parasitic diseases were amongst the MIPS projects that will be enabled by the grants.

The following researchers were successful in this round of funding.

Dr Michael Whittaker; Dr Lisa Kaminskas; Dr John Quinn; Dr Erica Sloan
Designing Nanoparticles to Combat Cellular Dysfunction.

Dr Katie Leach; Dr Karen Gregory; Dr Ben Capuano; Dr Irina Kufareva
Stabilising biased allosteric G protein -coupled receptor conformations.

Dr Katie Leach
Understanding bias and allostery at the calcium sensing receptor.

Dr David Thal
Molecular insight into allosteric modulation of G protein-coupled receptors.

Professor Marie-Isabel Aguilar; Associate Professor Paul Ramsland; Dr Michelle Dunstone; Professor Calum Drummond; Professor Trevor Lithgow; Dr Tamar Greaves; Professor Andrew Ball; Associate Professor John Forsythe; Professor Frances Separovic; Dr Kate Fox; Professor Benjamin Boyd
High resolution atomic force microscopy facility for bionanotechnology.

Prof Jonathan Baell
Small molecule therapeutics: from infectious and parasitic diseases to cancers.

Dr Sifei Han
A biomimetic prodrug platform to enable oral bioavailability and target lymphatic disease.

The University as a whole achieved the highest funding for 18 ARC Future Fellowships of $13 million, and for five Linkage, Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) projects for which it was awarded $3.4 million. In addition, it was awarded $7.5 million for 21 Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA) and $24 million for 62 Discovery Projects.

Monash University Vice-Provost (Research) Professor Pauline Nestor said Monash had achieved an outstanding result in the ARC grants, and it reflected the University’s high impact research work.

“These awards reflect the extremely high calibre of our research staff who are leading the way in delivering high impact outcomes to address the challenges facing the planet and impacting people’s quality of life,” Professor Nestor said.