2018 Queensland Women in STEM Prize (video filmed in CMM's UQROCX Lab)

12 March 2018

'Bacteria are amazing tiny organisms! They are an important part of our microflora, but they can also cause disease. Some bacteria have weapons that help them infect us and allow them to overcome our immune system. These weapons are produced inside the bacteria and need to have the correct three-dimensional shape to function properly. To ensure this, there is a pathway of molecular machines that are responsible for the correct formation of bacterial weapons. My research focuses on a particular type of these machines and understanding how they work' - PhD Student Emily Furlong, Women in STEM prize.

(The Queensland Women in STEM Prize showcases inspiring early to mid-career females working in STEM fields whose practice has the potential to benefit Queensland and who engage and communicate with the broader community).

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Emily's video was filmed in CMM's UQROCX lab.  This year, UQROCX will be administed by CMM, under the Faculty of Science, within the newly formed 'Macromolecular Structure Research Facility' of UQ/CMM (the former CMM cryo-TEM facility at QBP). Clients will not notice any physical changes. Karl Byriel and Gordon King will remain in their current location and continue to provide services as per usual.  The current pricing will continue until the end of 2018 when a review will be undertaken and prices may change.  To facilitate accurate recording of usage data, the UQROCX instruments will be booked through the CMM logging system (PPMS).  The new unit will be headed by Dr Matthias Floetenmeyer who is in charge of the CMM cryo-TEM facility at QBP.

CMM welcomes Karl and Gordon to the CMM and we look forward to working with UQROCX clients to deliver extended macromolecular structure research opportunities by joining forces between protein crystallography and cryo-TEM structure research.