The University of Wollongong (UOW)


At UOW we recognise that the search for solutions to the world’s challenges must be a global one. That’s why we have established an international network of campuses, partners and bright minds to foster a supportive research community that drives real change.

Our research priorities are working tirelessly to solve complex, real-world problems. We’ve discovered human ancestors, partnered with NASA to find clues to climate change, collaborated with Twitter to manage monsoon flooding, built a bionic bra from intelligent fabrics and invested in a Titan Krios cryo-electron microscope that will allow us to move from developing treatments to finding cures.

UOW’s strategic research initiative, the Global Challenges Program, provides a distinctive environment for collaborative challenge-led research to ultimately transform lives and regions. It encourages and develops creative and community-engaged research that helps drive social, economic and cultural change in our region, with the potential to be translatable across the globe.

UOW’s strong research partnerships with world-renowned organisations and industry work towards building a sustainable and equitable future for the 21st century. Through engagement, UOW builds bridges between academics, businesses and researchers and is working with our partners to grow the Illawarra’s innovation ecosystem and pursue the uptake of disruptive technologies that deliver positive economic impacts.

Our Innovation Campus (IC) is a world-class, award-winning research and commercial precinct, home to a number of UOW’s leading research institutes working on developing “intelligent” innovative materials; superconductors that make energy transmission more efficient, new techniques for sustainable building design and maritime law and security. IC is also home to iAccelerate, a purpose-built business incubator and accelerator, with its two-stream program being the first of its kind in Australia. iAccelerate supports students, staff and the greater Illawarra community by providing the infrastructure, mentoring and education programs for great ideas to grow and helps connect entrepreneurs with funding opportunities.

UOW is proud to be among the best modern universities in the world. Throughout our 42 years as an independent university, we’ve built an international reputation for world-class research and exceptional teaching quality. UOW is consistently ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world for the quality of our graduates, ranking 151-200 in the 2017 QS Graduate Employability Rankings. UOW is also ranked as the 17th best modern university in the world by QS Top 50 Under 50 2018.

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1 February 2017 - 31 January 2018

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for The University of Wollongong (UOW) published between 1 February 2017 - 31 January 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.

82 17.73 17.70

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Chemistry 50 12.25 12.25
Physical Sciences 38 7.50 7.47
Life Sciences 14 3.65 3.65
Earth & Environmental Sciences 4 0.59 0.59

Highlight of the month

Watching the machines that make DNA

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© ULTRA.F/Stockbyte/Getty

Single-molecule imaging techniques have enabled researchers to reveal the workings of the replisome, the molecular machinery that replicates DNA.

A team including researchers from the University of Wollongong investigated the activity of a minimal replisome, the smallest assembly capable of replicating DNA. They tethered DNA molecules to a microscope slide and observing the replication process in real time. By observing individual molecules, the precision was greater than that which comes from averaged observations of an ensemble of molecules.

Their findings highlighted important roles for two additional factors related to replication, the protein Mcm10, and the protein complex MTC. Addition of Mcm10 increased the number of active replisomes and thus the rate of replication, suggesting that it is involved in assembling or stabilizing the complex. Addition of the MTC complex also increased the replication rate. MTC transiently interacts with the replisome. Since MTC is known to respond to DNA damage, this transient interaction may facilitate the fine-tuning of DNA replication in response to damage.

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  1. PNAS 114, 10630-10635 (2017). doi: 10.1073/pnas.1711291114

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Early human symbolic behavior in the Late Pleistocene of Wallacea

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1 February 2017 - 31 January 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 35.38% Domestic
  • 64.62% 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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