The 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, high impact research publications, education, Society awards and medals, news and views, competitions, member profiles, state activities, Special Interest Groups and more.

The magazine is published in April, August and December each year and is available in PDF on this webpage. See the Australian Biochemist Publication Schedule.

For enquiries regarding the Australian Biochemist, please contact the Editor, Tatiana Soares da Costa (, or the Editorial Officer, Liana Friedman (


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Table of Contents

3Editorial Committee
5Publications with Impact
 The Jewel is in the Lotus: Evolutionary Seed of a Novel Photosynthetic Antenna
 Discovered Among the Petals of the Red Algal Phycobilisome Nanobodies Against SARS-CoV-2
 How BAK Converts From an Inert Monomer into a Membrane Killer
 Cellular Signalling Underpinning Caspase2-dependent Mitotic Catastrophe and How NEDD4-2 Prevents Kidney Damage
1116th Congress of the FAOBMB, New Zealand, 2021
16ASBMB Education Symposium
19ASBMB Education Feature
 Designing Learning Opportunities to Enrich Student Understanding Through Community and Professional Engagement
 Zooming in on Seven Recommendations for Online Teaching
 Planting the Seeds of Learning in the Future Biochemist
24Competition: Crossword
 Comparing Yourself to Others
27Sciences meets Parliament 2021
30Off the Beaten Track
 Walking the Line Between Science and Business
33Intellectual Property
 Other People’s IP: When Do I Have Freedom to Operate?
35Nominations for 2022 ASBMB Awards and Medals
37Election of Council 2022
37Annual General Meeting of the ASBMB
38New Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science
39Queen’s Birthday Honours for ASBMB Members
40QPG: an ASBMB Special Interest Group
 41ASBMB Welcomes New Members 
43In Memoriam
49Our Sustaining Members
50ASBMB Council



In 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.