Plus Alliance seed funding

We are excited to announce that the SSRL, with Chris Marquis (UNSW Recombinants Facility), Aditya Rawal (UNSW NMR Centre), Jeffrey Yarger (Arizona State University) and Rivka Isaacson (King’s College London), have received a Plus Alliance grant to further our collaborative work on developing recombinant spider silk. Friday to discuss the project. Please listen in?Here is…


Recombinant MaSp2

Recombinant MaSp2 Ismat Kabarra recently completed his Honours project with Chris Marquis at the UNSW School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences and myself. The aim of his project was to build a line of recombinant MaSp2 proteins for potential spinning into fibres and other uses. He successfully generated 4 tubes of proteins, one of which…


Spider silks in wearables

Another application of spider silk we (in collaboration with Trish Flanagan and Pat Spicer) are exploring is its incorporation into wearables to create new adaptable features in different kinds of clothing and equipment.

Here Trish is isolating the silk collected from Trichonephila to weave them into yarns for hybridization with other fibres.

Silk book near completed

I am close to completing a book about Silk to be published by the SSRL. All going well it will be out early/mid 2021. The content is based around my Lecture series presented in Rivera, Uruguay in 2018. Here’s a small preview: What is silk? Silk is a natural proteinaceous secretion of many kinds of…


We supply spider silks

Spider silks we supply Science and Research Priorities Spider dragline (or major ampullate) silk is the world’s toughest material. It combines high strength and extensibility in unique ways to outperform all other natural and synthetic materials per unit mass, including Nylon, Kevlar® and silkworm silks. Furthermore it has unique properties as a highly optically and…