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. Publication Schedule for the Australian Biochemist.

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Current Issue: December 2019


Table of Contents

4 Editorial Committee
5 Publications with Impact
Hanging on to Heavy Metal
Evolution of a New Metabolic Pathway in Parasitic Protists
A Step Towards the In Vitro Cyclisation of an Unusual Glycopeptide Antibiotic
BOK: It’s Not All About Death
Respiratory Syncytial Virus Coopts the Mitochondria of Infected Host Cells
Dancing Dustbins: Proteasome Activation Insights with Implications for Antimalarial Drug Action
14 ASBMB Education Feature
Staff and Student Perceptions of Academic Expectations: How Closely Do They Align?
From Little Things, Big Dreams Grow…
Teaching Inside a Cell, Inside a CAVE
WIL-ing Students in Science
Choosing Your First Career Move After Your PhD
Beyond Publication: Boosting Your Track Record for Early Career Fellowships
21 Off the Beaten Track
From Benchside to Bedside – Breaking Free from Academia
23 Competition: Structure Match
24 Annual Society Conferences are Great: This Year’s ASBMB Meeting Shows Us Why
26 ASBMB Medallists and Awardees at ASBMB 2019 Conference
27 Report on ASBMB 2019 Conference
30 Intellectual Property
The Usefulness of ‘Use’ Patents
32 News from the States
36 Biochemical Education: an ASBMB Special Interest Group
38 Great Expectations
Meaningful Mentoring and the Path to Fulfilment
43 ASBMB Award Reports: Shimadzu Education Award Report and ASBMB Fellowships
44 ASBMB Honours Loyal Members
50 Aspiring Meeting of Young Researchers in Kuala Lumpur
51 Report on 27th FAOBMB and 44th MSBMB Conference
54 Forthcoming Meetings
55 ASBMB Annual Reports
60 Our Sustaining Members
64 ASBMB Council
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.