Meet 23 Research Platforms that could enhance your research

Meet the Research Platforms Overview – webinar

Tuesday 9 June 2020, 10:00am -11:00am

The University of Melbourne is home to 23 research platforms offering access to a range of equipment, services and expertise. The platforms cover a wide range of disciplines and technologies, from advanced microscopy to cultural informatics, and the specialist platform experts provide distinctive capabilities. Platforms can find or develop a solution for graduate researchers and academics on specific research challenges, offer insights, suggest new ways of working and create opportunities for development and discovery. This webinar will include a video overview and a live Q & A at the end.

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Platforms featured during Researcher Connect

Better Bioinformatics – Melbourne Bioinformatics – webinar

Tuesday 9 June 2020, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Bioinformatics skills development, user-friendly tools and data management systems are essential to any successful life science precinct. Join Melbourne Bioinformatics’ Academic Lead, Training Lead and resident Galaxy Developer to hear how you can access the precinct’s expertise, knowledge and resources to accelerate your research. Melbourne Bioinformatics comprises experts who are all working at the cutting edge of life science computation and is hosted by the Faculty, Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS). As a collective, Melbourne Bioinformatics are committed to share their advice and transfer their skills to as many University students and researchers as possible. Learn more about:

  • The collection, storage and analysis of large amounts of biological data, including complex genomes
  • The team’s work on several high-profile research projects (via subscription)
  • Their extensive in-house and online training program, and
  • Other services, including free advice (preferably at the research design phase).

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Platform for Research Software Solutions (PRESS) webinar

Tuesday 9 June 2020, 1:00pm-2:00pm

Explore new software engineering technologies for Big Data analytics, targeted data collection, and more with Platform for Research Software Solutions (PRESS). The PRESS platform is a part of the University’s research-oriented software engineering powerhouse, Melbourne eResearch Group (MeG). Developing, delivering and supporting software systems for research, the team of software engineers specialise in research software including:

  • Big data analytics
  • Rich, interactive collaboration environments
  • Web applications and databases, and
  • Mobile applications used for collecting targeted data.

PRESS work with graduate and academic researchers to facilitate learning and exploration of new software engineering technologies. Learn about the efforts to support researchers across the University in projects both small and large-scale. More information and registration.

Social and Cultural Informatics Platform (SCIP) – webinar

Wednesday 10 June 2020, 10:00am-11:00am

Demystify digital methods for HASS scholarship and discover new research possibilities – the Social and Cultural Informatics Platform (SCIP) team experts are here to support your research. SCIP provides advice and training in digital methods for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) scholars and Researcher Higher Degree (RHD) students. This platform is shared by the Faculty of Arts and Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) and is located in the Digital Studio in Arts West. More information and registration.

The BioSciences Microscopy Unit – What can we see?

Tuesday 16 June 2020, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Explore imaging techniques for life science research this Microscopy Day. An introduction to the equipment and applications available at the BioSciences Microscopy Unit. The BioSciences Microscopy Unit (BMU) offers a range of imaging techniques to help life science researchers magnify and investigate the dynamics, structure and function of biological samples. More information and registration.

Fluorescence Microscopy & Digital Image Analysis | Biological Optical Microscopy Platform (BOMP)

Tuesday16 June 2020, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

The Biological Optical Microscopy Platform (BOMP) is part of the Melbourne Advanced Microscopy Facility which offers services in Electron and Optical Microscopy. The BOMP team is here to assist you with experimental design, acquisition and interpretation of the microscopy data.

The Platform specialises in meeting the needs of biomedical researchers, with instruments located in (or linked to) PC2 and pathogen handling facilities. The BOMP team is made up of academic staff with experience in multiple fluorescence microscopy applications including confocal, super-resolution, fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy, Light-sheet, high-content imaging and image analysis. More information and registration.

Melbourne Advanced Microscopy Facility

Tuesday 16 June 2020, 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Learn about electron microscopy for biological – and non-biological – samples this Microscopy Day. The Melbourne Advanced Microscopy Facility offers electron microscopy for researchers who need high resolution images of biological samples like tissues and cells, and also of non-biological materials like metals and crystals. More information and registration.

Peptide synthesis and protein analysis with Melbourne Protein Characterisation (MPC), Bio21

Wednesday 17 June 2020, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Melbourne Protein Characterisation is a diverse platform for investigating protein quality control, molecular interactions and structural analysis. The platform incorporates as part of the Australia Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) Facility for Innovative Cancer Drug Discovery and forms part of the drug discovery pipeline that connects Bio21 platform together.

Protein discovery plays one of the important role on drug/vaccine development as human disease treatment. Among all of the different research technologies, synthesizing a peptide and studying the protein properties have been widely used on tackling the mechanism of the targeted drug/vaccine. This webinar will share with you information about how to make a peptide using peptide synthesizer and how to study your protein using analytical ultracentrifuge.More information and registration.

From stem cells to solar cells: The many applications of the Materials Characterisation and Fabrication Platform (MCFP)

Wednesday 17 June 2020, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

The Materials Characterisation and Fabrication Platform (MCFP) supports many disciplines; from mining, to drug delivery, stem cells to solar cells, art conservation to nanofabrication and everything in between.

This webinar aims to provide an overview of the 30+ capabilities available in the MCFP as well as a more detailed introduction of some of the core instruments. The MCFP has six technical experts that can assist you with your materials characterisation requirements; training, project/experiment design, or fee-for-service materials analysis. More information and registration.

Introduction to Melbourne Trace Analysis for Chemical, Earth and Environmental Sciences (TrACEES) Platform capabilities

Wednesday 17 June 2020, 3:00pm – 4:00pm

The Melbourne Trace Analysis for Chemical, Earth and Environmental Sciences (TrACEES) Platform is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art equipment, unique surface and chemical analysis, high quality technical support and expertise for research and industry in multi-disciplinary sciences together with ongoing training of research students and staff. More information and registration.

Target discovery using high throughput protein expression profiling – Reverse Phase Protein Array Platform (RPPA)

Thursday 18 June 2020,11:00am – 12:00pm

Get an overview of high throughput Reverse Phase Protein Array Platform (RPPA) screening technology, methodologies and applications. The Reverse Phase Protein Array Platform (RPPA) / Victorian Centre for Functional Genomics (VCFG) platform operates a ‘researcher driven – staff assisted’ model where your small or large-scale screening projects are supported by a team of 7 highly experienced scientists who work alongside you to deliver your project from assay development to analysis. We also support access and SOPs for a large number of functional genomics reagents and techniques and we’re always keen to discuss new technologies and applications.  More information and registration.

Melbourne Histology Platform

Thursday 18 June 2020, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Microscopy is synonymous with research, but before biological samples can be visualized under a microscope they must first be specially prepared and stained – this is the process of histology. This webinar will provide a brief overview of the fundamental elements of the histology process, use case studies to illustrate the diverse applications of histology in research, and demonstrate how the Melbourne Histology Platform can help researchers obtain optimal sample preparation and staining. More information and registration.

Other Research Platforms

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These sessions are part of Researcher Connect – an online program for University of Melbourne researchers running from 9 June – 3 July.

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Image: Bioinformatics Circos Plot by Peter Casamento.

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