The University of South Australia (UniSA)


In 2016, the University of South Australia (UniSA) celebrates its 25th birthday. We are a young university, continuing to set the pace for world-class research and solutions for a changing world. As Australia’s University of Enterprise, the spirit of enterprise runs through everything we do.

Our research is inspired by challenges and opportunities, partnered with end-users and communities, and underpinned by excellence. We work collaboratively with our partners right from the conception of a research idea, allowing our research directions to be shaped by their opportunities and challenges.

UniSA’s strong commitment to cutting-edge research and engagement with industry has been well recognised, with 97 per cent of our research rated at or above world-class standard (Excellence for Research in Australia 2015). This is an impressive result for a young university, and we are proud of our achievements.

Our research culture is vibrant, outward facing and responsive. We pride ourselves on our capacity to create interdisciplinary teams that can tackle significant real-world challenges, and our researchers strive to make a difference outside the world of academe.

We are globally connected and engaged, helping solve the problems of industry and the professions. Our teaching is industry-informed, our research inventive and adventurous, and focused on creating impact. Through our research, we create knowledge that is central to global economic and social prosperity.

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1 June 2016 - 31 May 2017

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for The University of South Australia (UniSA) published between 1 June 2016 - 31 May 2017 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.

30 3.04 3.04

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Physical Sciences 9 0.35 0.35
Chemistry 10 1.82 1.82
Life Sciences 13 0.90 0.90

Highlight of the month

Plasma jets breathe life into cells



Modifying oxygen levels in cells could improve the effectiveness of cold plasma jet treatment in wound healing and cancer therapy.

Plasma jets of inert gases such as helium interact with air to generate highly reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (RONS) that promote cell death, growth and movement. RONS are directed towards target tissues by a separate helium gas jet. A team including a researcher from the University of South Australia found that the jets themselves affect the health of human skin cells. The helium flowing through the lab-grown cells removed oxygen by “sparging” — a process also used by beer brewers to extract sugar from grains. The plasma jet added or removed oxygen depending on the cell’s initial oxygen levels.

A lack of oxygen restricts a cell’s ability to grow. Tweaking the combination and duration of the two jets enabled the team to raise or lower oxygen levels. This could help determine whether incoming RONS help or hinder tissue regeneration.

Supported content

  1. Applied Physics Letters 109, 203701 (2016). doi: 10.1063/1.4967880

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Genetic variants linked to education predict longevity

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America


HIFI-α activation underlies a functional switch in the paradoxical role of Ezh2/PRC2 in breast cancer

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America


1 June 2016 - 31 May 2017

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 42.41% Domestic
  • 57.59% 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.

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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