The official magazine of the ASBMB, the Australian Biochemist keeps members up-to-date with relevant scientific and personal news in Australia and abroad. It provides information to members on upcoming events and conferences, Society awards and medals, competitions, the Great Expectations series, Special Technical Features, state activities, Special Interest Group reports and much more.

The magazine is published in April, August and December each year and is available as a high resolution PDF on this webpage. Publication Schedule for Australian Biochemist.

Please note that the Australian Biochemist is not a peer-reviewed publication.

For specific enquiries regarding the Australian Biochemist, please contact the Editors, Suresh Mathivanan and Tatiana Soares da Costa ( or the Editorial Officer, Liana Friedman (


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Current Issue:

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December 2017 Australian Biochemist Table of Contents

4 Editorial Committee Members
5 Publications with Impact
Heparanase Regulates Natural Killer Cell Invasion of Tumours
An Unexpected Journey to the Molecular Basis of Sengers Syndrome
‘Priming’ Pancreatic Cancer to Response to Therapy
8 ASBMB Education Feature
Interview with an Education Focused Academic
Learning Artefacts: Building a Portfolio for Science Students
3D Printing Biomolecules for Biochemical Education
Riding on Both Sides of the Track: Balancing Teaching and Research
Seven Tips for a Successful Demonstrator
Top Ten Tips to Increase Your Chances of Getting a Fellowship
16 Why I disagree with Nobel Laureates when it comes to career advice for scientists
18 News from the States
23 Competition: Nobel Prize Codeword
24 Off the Beaten Track
From Bench to Business
25 Science & Technology Australia: Superstars of STEM
26 Great Expectations
A Different Path
31 ASBMB Medallists and Awardees at ComBio2017
32 Report on ComBio2017 Adelaide
35 ComBio2017 Career Development Forum
36 ComBio2017 Education Symposium
37 Adelaide Protein Group: an ASBMB Special Interest Group
39 Report on East Coast Protein Meeting 2017
40 Intellectual Property
Patent Myth Busting Part 2: Freedom to Operate
44 FAOBMB Award for Research Excellence 2017
45 ASBMB Award Reports: LabGear Discovery Science Award, Shimadzu Education Award, Beckman Coulter Education Award and ASBMB Fellowships
52 ASBMB Welcomes New Members
53 ASBMB Annual Reports
58 Our Sustaining Members
64 Forthcoming Meetings
65 Directory




Golden Jubilee Issue:

2005august-cover.jpgIn honour of the 50th anniversary of the ASBMB, an historical Golden Jubilee issue of the Australian Biochemist was published in August 2005. This commemorative issue highlights the achievements of the Society over the past 50 years in the context of the rapid advances in biochemistry and molecular biology. To access this freely available Golden Jubilee issue, click here.