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:

Aug_2017The August issue is now available to download as a PDF:

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August 2017 Australian Biochemist Table of Contents

2 New Competition
3 Editorial – Suresh Mathivanan and Tatiana Soares da Costa
4 Australian Biochemist Editorial Committee Members
5 Publications with Impact
Why is Mitochondrial Complex I So Big and So Complex? – Mike Ryan
Selling Your Research in Less Than 3 Minutes – Tatiana Soares da Costa
7 ASBMB Education Feature
Welcome – Susan Rowland and Nirma Samarawickrema
A Discussion with a Biochemistry Education Student From a Research Intensive University – Heather Verkade
It’s Not Just About the Answers: Laboratory Demonstrators, Questions, and the Pedagogy of Inquiry Learning – Angela Wenjing Hu
Education at ComBio2017 – Maurizio Costabile and Amber Willems-Jones
‘Physical’ Biochemistry, But Not as You’ve Ever Seen it Before… – Terry (Tyrosine) Mulhern
10 ComBio2017 International Plenary Speaker Profiles
13 Off the Beaten Track
Publishing Excellent Science – Brietta Pike
15 Great Expectations
An Unexpected Journey– Colin Jackson
17 ASBMB Awards 2018
19 Yeast SIG Profile
21 Queen’s Birthday Honours for ASBMB Members
23 Intellectual Property
Patent Myth Busting – Sarah Hennebry
25 ASBMB Members Elected as Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science
25 Election of Council 2018
26 Eppendorf Edman Award Report – Natalie Spillman
27 Sciences meets Parliament 2017 Report – Marc Kvansakul and Erinna Lee
28 Our Sustaining Members
35 Forthcoming Meetings
35 Annual General Meeting 2017
36 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.