A/Prof Marquis trained as a biochemical engineer and has current interdisciplinary research projects across protein biotechnology and in the bio-nanotechnology interface. Current projects include developing recombinant enzymes for organohalide bioremediation, searching for and developing improved versions of the enzyme gamma glutamyltransferase for dipeptide bioproduction, integrating new microfluidic devices into mammalian cell bioprocesses and evaluation of new materials for biofilm deterrence. Newer collaborations include the development of methods to generate recombinant spider silks.
In addition A/Prof Marquis is the Director of the Recombinant Products Facility (www.proteins.unsw.edu.au), which houses research infrastructure for fermentation, cell culture, mid-stream and downstream processing for protein production, purification and characterisation. The facility also provides expertise in developing and optimising bioprocesses. The primary role of the Facility is to provide research support to the UNSW research community, however the facility provides contract services for the wider research community and also industry. The RPF has fermentation capacity to 20L and a variety of mid and downstream processing capabilities for the production and purification of proteins for research. In addition to running contract projects we have a number of internal initiatives to investigate and optimise bioprocesses.
Available projects can be viewed here
Director, UNSW Recombinant Products Facility: http://www.proteins.unsw.edu.au/