A photo of the front of the multi-storey Parkville Laboratory in Melbourne, Victoria, with cars and trees in the foreground.

CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering Parkville Laboratory, Melbourne, Victoria.

Melbourne: Parkville, Vic (Parkville laboratory)

Research at our Parkville laboratory is developing antibody-like molecules for diagnostic applications, protein characterisation, structural biology, cell culture, protein purification and robotic crystallisation.

  • 25 January 2006

Summary

In 1950, CSIRO purchased 'Quamby', a two-story residence at 343 Royal Parade, Parkville, Melbourne, Victoria, to accommodate the rapidly expanding Biochemistry Unit. 

The original structure was built in 1880 for Professor William Charles Kernot who was appointed to the first Chair in Engineering at the University of Melbourne in 1882. 

Throughout the years, CSIRO has added onto the site and refitted the laboratory.

Activities

The Parkville laboratory serves as the Australian node in the International Network of Protein Engineering Centres.

The Parkville laboratory is an internationally recognised National Centre for Protein Engineering. It serves as the Australian node in the International Network of Protein Engineering Centres.

Our expertise in the production of antibody-like molecules and other proteins for diagnostic applications has been applied commercially.

The facilities at Parkville provide for the spectrum of rational drug design techniques from gene identification to 'in silico' screening of drug candidates and lead identification.

Our facilities for cell culture, protein purification and robotic crystallisation enable excellent protein structure determination.

Staff

Approximately 100 staff and 18 postgraduate students are based at Parkville.


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