Discovery and applications of circular proteins (2009–2013)
The broad aim of this project is to exploit our competitive edge in the discovery of circular proteins to develop them for pharmaceutical and agricultural applications. The project is significant because it will contribute to high value biotechnology industries in Australia. It is based in part on discoveries made in our labs over the last four years in an existing ARC fellowship and in part on our proposed development of innovative new methodologies for discovering, synthesizing and characterising circular proteins. The major outcomes include new knowledge on how circular proteins are produced in plants, new methods for discovering circular proteins and new ways of applying them as drug leads and agricultural products.