Curtin University

Australia

Curtin University is Australia’s most collaborative higher education provider and a prominent name in the Nature Index. Established in 1986 in Western Australia, a state rich in land, minerals and biodiversity, the university has campuses across Australia, Malaysia and Singapore. It leads major international projects in astronomy, sustainability and interconnec-tivity, with a particular focus on solving real-world problems.

Curtin is renowned for minerals and energy research. Groups from across the university undertake fundamental and applied research into mining, materials, fuel technologies and mineral economics.

Curtin is a key partner in the world’s biggest astronomy projects. The Curtin-led Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) is a low-frequency radio telescope capable of reaching deep into space and far back through time, making the night sky visible with better resolution than ever before. The array is a precursor project to an even larger telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), to be built in Western Australia and in South Africa. When completed, the SKA will give scientists a better understanding of the nascent Universe.

Fast and effective communication is a major challenge for large data-intensive projects like the MWA. Together with the Cisco Internet of Everything Innovation Centre, a partnership between Cisco, Curtin University and Woodside Energy, Curtin is constructing a direct data-transmission line from the radio telescope’s remote location to central Perth. The partners are also building a long-range, low-power network of sensors that can provide farmers with essential information for improved crop management.

Agriculture and sustainable development are critical research programmes for Curtin University. In April 2016, Curtin joined an initiative to establish the world’s first zero-carbon solar-powered neighbourhood.

Committed to urban renewal, the university’s Greater Curtin Master Plan will transform its 114-hectare Perth campus into a major Asia-Pacific innovation precinct by 2030. The plan will drive collaboration and commercialisation, positioning Western Australia at the forefront of the knowledge economy.

As Curtin heads towards 2020, we will position ourselves as a leading global university. For more information on our Strategic Plan for 2017-2020, please visit our website.

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1 March 2017 - 28 February 2018

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Curtin University published between 1 March 2017 - 28 February 2018 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the WFC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

AC FC WFC
302 34.24 18.71

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Chemistry 18 6.37 6.37
Earth & Environmental Sciences 30 6.23 6.23
Life Sciences 21 2.16 2.16
Physical Sciences 245 21.29 5.75

Highlight of the month

Cellular protein factories don’t fold under stress

©Dorling Kindersley: Owen Gildersleeve/Getty

©Dorling Kindersley: Owen Gildersleeve/Getty

The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is a subunit of animal and plant cells whose job is to fold proteins into their 3D shapes. A team led by Carl Mousley, of Curtin University, Australia, has now revealed how the ER deals with stressful situations.

In their recently published investigations into yeast cells, the team discovered that ‘reductive stress,’ a cellular imbalance of reactive oxygen species, disrupts a normal folding process, known as N-glycosylation, of the regulatory protein Sil2. Usually, the missing finishing touch would damage a protein’s proper function, but the team found that un-glycosylated Sil2 is functional, and actually able to compensate for the stress response of another important regulatory protein.

Mousley and the team suggest that this response is a protective mechanism so that the ER is optimally configured during periods of reductive stress. 

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  1. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114, 12489–12494 (2017). doi: 10.1073/pnas.1705641114

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1 March 2017 - 28 February 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 32.97% Domestic
  • 67.03% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Note: Collaboration is determined by the weighted fractional count (WFC), which is listed in parentheses.

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