Deakin University


At Deakin University our researchers are making a positive impact on the lives and well-being of communities — not just in Australia, but around the world — through exceptional innovation and research.

Using our industry, government and institutional networks, we are building our global research footprint across four key themes, supported by four world-class Research Institutes and 13 Strategic Research Centres.

Improving health and wellbeing

Covering the broad spectrum of health, our research is helping to improve the lives and wellbeing of people and communities on a global scale. From medicine, ageing, chronic illness and disability, to nutrition, physical activity and child health, we're continually striving to uncover new frontiers through persistent curiosity and ground-breaking research.

Designing smarter technologies

Deakin is a world leader in carbon and short fibre, metals and steel research, electromaterials, corrosion, nanotechnology, composite materials and energy storage systems. Our open access carbon fibre/composite research facility, Carbon Nexus, is supporting the transition to advanced manufacturing, while engineering and IT researchers are providing robotics, simulation modelling and haptics solutions to clients across many sectors.

Enabling a sustainable world

Deakin leads one of the world’s most prestigious environmental and marine science research programs. Our scientists are helping to protect Australia’s vulnerable flora and fauna from disease, from rapid development and from climate change. In the agricultural sphere, teams of experts are providing water management advice and designing smart solutions to global challenges such as food security, sustainable agriculture and environmental sustainability.

Advancing society and culture

Our research is helping to advance understanding of intercultural relations, politics, migration, racism and governance. In education, researchers are cultivating society and culture by informing policy across all educational sectors, with an emphasis on developing partnerships and working toward achieving equity and social justice. Our creative arts researchers are also breaking new ground, often at the intersection between research, art and technology.

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1 December 2019 - 30 November 2020

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Deakin University published between 1 December 2019 - 30 November 2020 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the FC 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.

Count Share
68 15.69

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Life Sciences 22 3.49
Physical Sciences 23 6.29
Chemistry 30 7.90
Earth & Environmental Sciences 10 1.82

Highlight of the month

Protein helps malaria parasite invade liver cells



Malaria parasites employ a sneaky tactic to gain entry into human liver cells.

Plasmodium parasites are responsible for malaria, which infects more than 200 million people globally per year. On entering the bloodstream, they travel to the liver and infect its cells. But exactly how they gain entry to liver cells was unclear.

A Deakin University researcher and colleagues in Portugal have found that Plasmodium parasites secrete a protein called Exported Protein 2 (EXP2), which perforates the outer membrane of liver cells. This leads to an influx of calcium, which in turn activates host repair mechanisms. The pathogen then hijacks those repair processes to access the cell.

The study uncovers another critical function of EXP2 in liver cell invasion and further validates the idea of therapeutically targeting the protein as a novel anti-malaria strategy.

Supported content

  1. Nature Communications 11, 5654 (2020). doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-19492-4

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 December 2019 - 30 November 2020

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 29.37% Domestic
  • 70.63% International

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

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

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