Research Facilities

The Oral Biology Section of the Melbourne Dental School has a strong research record with funding from NH&MRC, ARC and industry. We have collaborations with other research groups as well as links with industrial partners.

The staff and students use state-of-the-art techniques in:

  • protein chemistry
  • molecular biology
  • microbiology
  • immunology
  • mass spectrometry
  • NMR spectroscopy
  • molecular modelling

Brief List of Available Equipment and Technologies

Protein chemistry

  • Reverse phase, ion exchange, gel filtration macro and micro liquid
    chromatography systems (AKTA, RP-HPLC)
  • capillary electrophoresis
  • peptide synthesizer
  • 1 and 2D gel electrophoresis
  • commercial process development
  • high-speed centrifuges
  • atomic absorption spectrophotometer

Molecular Biology

  • Ion Torrent next generation sequencing technology
  • Recombinant DNA technology
  • DNA microarray


  • peptide vaccine production


  • anaerobic workstation
  • microbial continuous culture
  • cell and tissue culture
  • confocal microscopy

Mass spectrometry

  • Electrospray ion-trap-MS
  • NMR spectroscopy
  • access to 600 MHz NMR facility
  • mass spectrometry robotics

Molecular Modelling

  • Silicon Graphics workstations
  • Software for modelling proteins and inorganic materials