Boris Martinac elected to the Australian Academy of Science

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A leading membrane biophysicist, he is known for his pioneering studies of ion channels in microbes, particularly the discovery, cloning and structural and functional characterisation of mechanosensitive ion channels in bacteria. Prof. Martinac is currently the head of the Mechanobiology Laboratory at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in Sydney. Congratulations Boris on behalf of all members of the Australian Society for Biophysics.

Michelle Gee is awarded the McAulay-Hope Prize

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At the recent ASB meeting 2013 Michelle Gee was awarded the McAuley-Hope prize for her innovative methods of studying the chemical and physical properties of membranes in live bacteria and their interactions with antimicrobial peptides. The McAulay-Hope Prize for Original Biophysics is designed to recognise true originality and innovation in the field of biophysics, rather than the use of existing techniques or applications. A/Prof. Gee is the head of the Soft Condensed Matter Labs at the University of Melbourne. Her research includes the study of nanomechanics, molecular-level processes and structure at the surface of live cells and model membranes. Examples of her recent work include the use of fluorescence lifetime imaging to study the interaction kinetic of antimicrobial peptides in live bacterial cells (published in Scientific Reports ) and the role of lipids in cell-cell interactions in Malaria infected red blood cells (published in Cell ).