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IIP-University of Queensland, Institute of Molecular Bioscience (IMB)
Queensland, Australia (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Summer
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Dept Offering Program: International Internship Program (IIP) Program Type: Internship
Language Prerequisite: No Program Features: Lab Based Work, Research
Degree Level: 1st year u/g students, 2nd year u/g students, 3rd year u/g students Time Away: Summer
Housing options: Student Responsibilty with support from IIP and/or Host Organization Program Group: International Internship Program
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About: Since its establishment in 2000, The University of Queensland Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB; has earned a reputation as one of the Asia Pacific region's leading research Institutes. Over the past five years, IMB has attracted nearly $250M in research funding, leveraging federal and state government funding sources to address life research across all sectors. With collective expertise in genomics, biostatistics, biology, pharmacology and chemistry, the Institute’s life science discoveries have delivered ground breaking solutions to complex global human health problems.

Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns will work on one or more of the following projects:

Antibiotic discovery: The Cooper group at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience has a strong interest in the discovery and development of new antimicrobial agents. We have several ongoing projects at various stages of maturity, from early discovery through to hit-to-lead, lead optimization and pre-clinical development. Each project is unique in terms of targeted organism and medicinal chemistry focus. The intern will have the opportunity to understand the unique challenges of antibiotic discovery and development in a globally recognized research group, and contribute to a high impact research area.

In particular, the intern can expect to gain first-hand experience as an independent researcher in a medicinal chemistry setting, learning how to perform reactions and monitor their progress, and how to isolate and characterize their target molecules. Importantly, projects are designed to challenge the intern, and will NOT involve routine repetitive analysis. As such, it will require the intern to think beyond the usual “laboratory practical manual”, where an analytical mind and attention to detail is an asset for identifying and overcoming unforeseen difficulties. The intern will have a clear set objectives and will receive continual guidance during the course of the project.

In addition to our discovery programs, the group has launched a not-for-profit, open access framework for the discovery of new antimicrobials known as CO-ADD (Community for Open Antimicrobial Drug Discovery). CO-ADD screens unique molecules hidden in academic compound collections from collaborators around the world in an attempt to identify novel starting points for antibiotic development. Part of this process involves resynthesizing hits and analogues of hits in order to assess their true potential. Projects in CO-ADD are ongoing and make ideal student projects; the intern will have the option of participating if he or she desires.

Qualifications: IIP candidates with experience in synthetic organic chemistry and an interest in drug discovery/therapeutics are encouraged to apply. Some laboratory experience is essential, particularly if candidates have had prior laboratory exposure to organic synthetic techniques.

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