NCI supports research in many domains of science. These eight case studies provide an overview of the major disciplines conducting their computational research at NCI.

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Physics research at NCI straddles the boundary between fundamental and applied science. A wide range of researchers are investigating some of the most fundamental phenomena that guide the functioning
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Technology research at NCI investigates the devices, tools and systems that will support and contribute to our society in the future. This covers electronic devices, medical devices, cryptography
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Materials science research aims to discover new materials and manufacturing processes to use in the next generation of medical devices, communication systems, energy production and more. At the most
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The wide field of health and medical science covers everything from improved diagnosis of illness to the development of new drugs and treatments. At NCI, researchers are applying computational and big
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Engineering research at NCI is focused in the areas of aerodynamics and fluid flow. Based largely on numerical simulations running at large scales on NCI’s supercomputer, researchers are investigating
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Research into the properties and structures of chemical elements has been a mainstay of high-performance computing for decades. The community’s expertise in molecular modelling enables researchers to
The hormone erythropoietin (red) bound to its receptor (grey). Binding of the hormone causes a rotation of the two receptors transmitting a signal through the membrane. The aim is to understand how the molecules at the receptor/membrane boundary (spheres) are coupled.


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Understanding the fundamentals of the natural systems around us is the key motivation for the biology research taking place at NCI. Researchers are conducting exciting, forward looking investigations
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NCI supports some of the world’s most ambitious and successful astronomy research. From international experimental collaborations to ambitious theoretical modelling, Australian astronomy projects have