Dr Naasson Mbenza – Congratulations

Congratulations to Dr Naasson Mbenza who successfully defended his PhD thesis “Studies on the Modulation of the Enzymatic Activity of Hypoxia-Inducible Factor Hydroxylases” this afternoon. Naasson did very well in his oral examination. He gave a good presentation summarising his PhD work and highlighting important results. He also answered the examiners’ questions with confidence. The … Read more

Weijing’s PGDipSci submission

Congratulations to Weijing, who submitted her PGDipSci dissertation for examination this afternoon. Weijing tested the efficacy of a series of compounds against antibiotic-resistant bacteria during her PGDipSci. Her project was severely impacted by the coronavirus situation (including self-isolation and lockdown) so she did a good job gathering enough data and putting the thesis together. Well … Read more

ChemComm Back Cover – Congratulations Danilo and team

Congratulations to Danilo and team, whose paper “An investigation into the effect of ribosomal protein S15 phosphorylation on its intermolecular interactions by using phosphomimetic mutant” was featured at the outside back cover in the latest issue of ChemComm! Thanks Ryan Dixon and his dad Jeffrey Dixon (Digital impressions, Kolkata) for designing the back cover illustration … Read more

L H Briggs Prize – Dr Danilo Correddu

Congratulations to Dr Danilo Correddu for being awarded the 2019 L. H. Briggs Memorial Prize. The prize was awarded annually for the most distinguished researcher who has submitted a PhD thesis in Chemistry, Food Science or Forensic Science in the year of the award. The selection panel commented that “Danilo took on something very tough, … Read more

Naasson’s PhD Thesis Submission

Congratulations to Naasson who has submitted his PhD thesis for examination today. Naasson’s PhD project was focused on the use of different chemical approaches to modulate the activity of HIF prolyl hydroxylase. Naasson is a very independent young scientist, and he has made some very interesting discoveries during his PhD. He has also started some … Read more

New Paper in ChemComm

Congratulations to Danilo for his first author paper that was published in ChemComm today. Thanks also to Nabangshu and Simran, who helped conduct additional experiments during revisions, and Naasson and Kyriakos (from Dr Viji Sarojini’s group), who helped with peptide purification and characterisation. The paper describes our work investigating the effect of S15 phosphorylation (by … Read more

New Review in Crit. Rev. Biochem. Mol. Biol.

Congratulations to Mark-Anthony McLarin – His new review article on PPO substrate specificity was published in the journal “Critical Reviews in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology” today. Mark wrote a detailed review examining the various factors that govern whether PPO may accept monophenols and/or diphenols as substrates. The review was largely based on Mark’s introduction chapter … Read more

Jinal’s PhD Thesis Submission

Congratulations to Jinal who has submitted her PhD thesis for examination today. Jinal joined us 3.5 years ago and her PhD work has focussed on the studies of a DNA-repair enzyme called TDP1. Jinal’s project is central to a very successful collaboration with Professor Konstantin Volcho (N.N. Vorozhtsov Novosibirsk Institute of Organic Chemistry of the … Read more

SCS Seminar – Via Zoom!

It was a privilege to give the weekly SCS seminar (and on Zoom for the first time) this morning. Many thanks to the amazing students of our Group – spending long hours in the lab collecting and analysing data. Thanks also to our collaborators and to our support staff. Finally, thanks to the audience for … Read more

Dona’s PhD Thesis Submission

Congratulations to Dona, who submitted her PhD Thesis for examination today. Dona spent 4.5 years in the group, initially as a BScH student and later on as a PhD. Dona is very enthusiastic about her science, and she did an excellent job investigating the ethylene-forming enzyme from both structural and mechanistic perspectives. Thank you very … Read more

Lorne Proteins 2020

Oi Wei is attending the 45th Lorne Conference on Protein Structure and Function, which is currently being held in Lorne, Australia. She also managed to catch up with one of our former members, Dr Ram Bhusal, at the conference. Hope you are enjoying the conference with good science and networking!

Oi Wei’s PhD Thesis Submission

Congratulations to Oi Wei, who submitted her PhD thesis for examination today. Oi Wei joined the group in January 2017 as a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholar. She did several projects that are related to different aspects of drug discovery during her PhD. Oi Wei has successfully developed and mastered a very wide range of … Read more

New Co-Authored Paper in Foods

Congratulations to Dr Yu Li for her new co-authored paper that was published in the journal Foods today (impact factor: 3.011). Dr Yu Li contributed to this work by performing NMR analyses to quantify active components in Manuka honey yogurts. This work was led by Anand Mohan and his supervisor Associate Professor Siew-Young Quek and … Read more

Issue Highlight in IUBMB Life

We are very excited that Danilo’s paper in IUBMB Life – “Effect of consecutive rare codons on the recombinant production of human proteins in Escherichia coli” – has been selected by the Editors to feature as a short highlight at the front of the latest issue. Danilo has also very recently started his postdoc in … Read more