Medicinal and Biomolecular Chemistry

Research in the field of medicinal and biomolecular chemistry from the Faculty of Science, University of Melbourne.


Muthupandian Ashokkumar     Cutting-edge research in the areas of ultrasonics and sonochemistry, including fundamental aspects of acoustic cavitation.

Stephen Best     Electrochemistry, spectroelectrochemistry.

Paul Donnelly     Synthetic inorganic chemistry; bioinorganic chemistry, metal-based drugs and the study of metal ions in biological systems; diagnostic and therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals.

Ken Ghiggino     Super-resolution optical imaging methods, ultrafast laser spectroscopy and time-resolved microscopy, applied to study materials including organic photovoltaic, semiconductor nanocrystal and biological materials.

Craig Hutton     Development of new methods for peptide ligation, synthesis of biologically active cyclic peptides and radiolabelled peptides for cancer imaging.

Guy Jameson     Iron-containing metalloenzymes, kinetics and spectroscopy, Mössbauer spectroscopy.

Spas Kolev     Development of methods and instrumentation for automatic chemical analysis and environmental monitoring; Fabrication and study of polymeric membranes.

Megan Maher     Metals in biology; structural biology; protein chemistry; bioinorganic chemistry; biophysical techniques.

Richard O'Hair     Using mass spectrometry to study gas phase reactions in organic biomolecules and inorganic and organometallic ions.

Gavin Reid     Development and application of quantitative proteome and lipidome analysis strategies to identify functional biomarkers of disease, and for mass spectrometry based clinical diagnostics.

Mark Rizzacasa     The chemical synthesis of bioactive natural products and the development of synthetic methods.

Frances Separovic     Antimicrobial peptides, membrane biophysics, model membranes, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, solid-state NMR, structural biology.

Trevor Smith     Evanescent wave fluorescence spectroscopy, super-resolution optical microscopy, time-resolved fluorescence microscopy, ultrafast laser spectroscopy.

Jonathan White     DNA-binding radiomodifiers.

Uta Wille     How environmental radical and non-radical oxidants are involved in diseases of the respiratory tract by damaging biological molecules that are in direct contact with the atmospheric environment.

Spencer Williams     Application of organic chemistry to the study of biological systems, including carbohydrate chemistry and glycobiology.

Research centres

ARC CoE for Advanced Molecular Imaging
Developing better techniques and technologies to reveal the structure and dynamics of molecular interactions (the Imaging program), and applying these techniques to visualise the response of our immune system (the Immunology program).

ARC Training Centre for the Chemical Industries
Fosters transformative and innovative research in Australia’s chemical and advanced manufacturing sectors through a new industry-led research-training program developed through partnerships between in

Research in this area is conducted in the School of Chemistry.