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.

Each issue, a Guest Editor also presents a series of short review articles focused on a particular topic of research. This Showcase on Research highlights the excellent work performed in biochemistry and molecular biology laboratories within Australia.

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 Editor, Chu Kong Liew ( or the Editorial Officer, Liana Friedman (

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Current Issue:

dec_2016The December issue is now available to download as a PDF:

NOTE: individual PDFs of the articles in the Showcase on Research are also available here.






DECEMBER 2016 Australian Biochemist Table of Contents

2 New Competition
3 Editorial – Chu Kong Liew
4 Special Technical Feature
Microfluidics and Molecular Diagnostics: Successful Innovations and Commercialisation
Guest Editors: Joanne Macdonald and Ameh James
Guest Editorial: Innovation in a Saturated Market – Joanne Macdonald and Ameh James (University of the Sunshine Coast)
5 Article 1: Microfluidics Hype and the 40-year Commercialisation Process to Diagnostic Devices. Why so Long and What is Next? – Erol Harvey (MiniFAB)
9 Article 2: Reimagining Rapid Diagnostic Testing with User-centred Designs – John Kelly and Melissa Webster (Atomo Diagnostics)
13 Article 3: The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts – Joanne Macdonald (University of the Sunshine Coast)
17 Article 4: Smart Diagnostics with Embedded Biomolecule-Derived Computers – a View of the Future – Elisa Mokany and Alison Todd (SpeeDx)
21 2016 ASBMB Medallists and Awardees at ComBio2016
22 Report on ComBio2016 Brisbane – Joe Rothnagel
25 Report on ComBio2016 Career Development Forum – Brett Williams and Amber Willems-Jones
26 Report on ComBio2016 Education Sessions – Susan Rowland
27 Lessons Learned on a Scientist’s Road to Motherhood – Diana Stojanovski
30 Great Expectations
Why I am Not a Hairdresser – Leanna Read (Chief Scientist of South Australia)
34 In Memoriam – Dennis Lowther
35 Melbourne Protein Group Profile – Doug Fairlie
36 Off the Beaten Track
A Long and Winding Road – Robin Craig (Genesearch Pty Ltd)
What You Didn’t Know You Were Learning from Your PhD – Tatiana Soares da Costa
39 News from the States
42 ASBMB Fellowship Reports – Stephen Fairweather, Stanley Cheng Xie, Wei Hong Toh and Sweta Iyer
46 Six Things to Discuss with Your Patent Attorney When You Want a Patent – Sarah Hennebry (Freehills Patent Attorneys)
48 Confessions of a Lapsed Biochemist – Bernard Stewart (University of NSW)
52 IUBMB Young Scientist Program – Prahlad Raninga, Ayenachew Bezawork-Geleta and Adam Walker
53 ASBMB Employee Profiles – Sally Jay, Chris Jay and Liana Friedman
54 ASBMB Welcomes New Members
55 ASBMB Honours Long-Standing Members
56 ASBMB Annual Reports
61 Our Sustaining Members
65 Forthcoming Meetings
66 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.