RMIT's node focuses on studying biomolecular response to electromagnetic radiation in order to develop a fundamental understanding of possible health implications of mobile electronic technologies.
RMIT’s computational modelling team will conduct fundamental studies of the molecular structure and dynamics of proteins, peptides and biological membranes exposed to external non-ionising electromagnetic fields typically produced by mobile electronic devices. The latest techniques in computational modelling of biomolecules at all-atom resolution will be employed to explore the molecular mechanisms of their response to the electromagnetic radiation. The studies will help understand potential health implications of mobile technologies and inform safety standards for their manufacturing.
RMIT’s experimental team will conduct high-frequency in-vitro studies to delineate the conditions required for RF to evoke biological effects. In particular, an optimal set of experimental tests will be identified to detect cellular response after exposure to new RF technologies and co-exposure of RM EMF with environmental agents. This line of research will develop better understanding of the relation between RF exposure and health, but also a set of methodologies that could be utilised for evaluating safety of future RF technologies.