Education: BSc(Hons) Class 1 - University of Queensland PhD (Organic Chemistry) - University of Cambridge
My research interests include the development of new methods in organic synthesis, synthesis of bioactive natural products and medicinal chemistry. He leads the Bioactive Molecule Synthesis group, who develop new strategies for the synthesis of 3D, stereochemically rich compounds for drug discovery, synthesise new anti-malarial and anticancer compounds and, with collaborators, explore their mechanisms of action. I teach chemistry to students at all levels and I’m passionate about teaching and I'm committed to helping students be the best scientists they can be. I am actively engaged in developing and implementing novel teaching strategies and modern pedagogies in teaching science. Awards 2009-13 ARC Australian Research Fellow 2008 Ian Potter Foundation Travel Grant recipient 2006 RACI Organic Division Lectureship (Athel Beckwith Medal) for Recently Appointed Staff 1997-2000 Packer Scholarship (Cambridge Commonwealth Trust) 1996 CSR Mills Group Prize (UQ) 1995 T. G. H. Jones Prize (UQ) 1995 RACI Third-Level Laboratory Prize (UQ) 1994 Edward Taylor Memorial Prize (UQ)
Current Company: Griffith University
Current Position: Associate Professor of Organic and Medicinal Chemistry
Experience Description: I am Lab Head of the Bioactive Molecule Synthesis group at the Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery, Griffith University since 2007. I have over 20 years research experience in organic and medicinal chemistry research. • Total career funding over $3.3 million • Research output: 49 publications, 1 book chapter, 1 patent, 1 provisional patent • Secretary of the RACI Qld Branch Chemical Education group (2018-) • Regular reviewer for the international chemistry journals, Org. Lett., J. Org. Chem., Tetrahedron, Tetrahedron Lett., Synlett, Eur. J. Med. Chem., J. Nat. Prod., Phytochemistry, Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett., Bioorg. Med. Chem., and J. Med Chem. • Member of the Expert Advisory Committee for the IUPHAR/MMV Guide to Malaria Pharmacology • Supervised 15 PhD, 9 Honours and 32 undergraduate student projects to completion
Meet in Person
I am an Associate Professor of Organic and Medicinal Chemistry at Griffith University in beautiful subtropical Brisbane, Australia. My research focuses on anti-cancer and anti-malarial drug discovery and I teach chemistry to students at all levels.
My expertise is in chemistry, particularly organic and medicinal chemistry. I have 10+ years working in drug discovery. I am also an innovative educator, with significant insights and experience in the development and implementation of chemistry courses at all levels, using cutting edge pedagogies and innovative teaching and learning approaches.
I can help mentees in the following areas:
- support of research students through their projects
- support for PhD students writing their thesis
- strategic planning for career progression within the sciences
- identifying pathways into the drug discovery industry
- guidance towards a career in academia
- specific advice and guidance in the areas of organic and medicinal chemistry
- support, ideas and guidance in the development of modern, effective teaching methods in science