Our research group is studying the production of light by the New Zealand glowworm, Arachnocampa luminosa.
Light-emitting enzymes have previously been identified from a variety of creatures, including bacteria, jellyfish, plankton-like organisms called dinoflagellates and fireflies, and these enzymes have widespread applications in biochemical and genetic research, medical imaging, and forensic investigations.
We hope to identify and biochemically characterise the glowworm proteins involved in light emission. By investigating the structures and mechanisms of action of these proteins, we hope to develop new bioluminescent biotechnological tools.
Current funding is provided to Dr. Miriam Sharpe by the former Foundation for Research, Science and Technology.