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 August 2017 - 31 July 2018

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 August 2017 - 31 July 2018 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.

55 9.21

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Earth & Environmental Sciences 12 2.55
Chemistry 12 3.96
Life Sciences 24 2.43
Physical Sciences 16 1.12

Highlight of the month

MicroRNAs leave cancer quaking

© KATERYNA KON/Science Photo Library/Getty

© KATERYNA KON/Science Photo Library/Getty

To prevent a cellular transition that promotes the spread of metastatic cancer, small regulatory RNA molecules are needed to quash the expression of a protein that would otherwise alter the processing of gene transcripts in a way that fuels tumour growth and aggressiveness.

A research team, led by scientists from the University of South Australia, searched for binding partners of a known tumour-suppressing short RNA called miR-200c. They found that the gene transcript encoding a protein called ‘Quaking’ was a direct target of this microRNA, and that miR-200c and another short regulatory RNA both suppressed the protein’s expression.

One particular form of Quaking normally stimulates metastasis in a range of cancers by modulating the splicing of coding and non-coding portions of numerous other genes. And both miR-200c and Quaking can alter the dynamic nature of structural filaments running through the cell to affect tumour spread.

Targeting this signalling pathway offering a promising strategy for limiting cancer progression.

Supported content

  1. The EMBO Journal 37, e99016 (2018). doi: 10.15252/embj.201899016

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 August 2017 - 31 July 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 70.13% Domestic
  • 29.87% International

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

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

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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