Pacifichem 2015

Ivan gave a Talk on the applications of ligand-based NMR spectroscopy in inhibitor discovery on the 15th of December at the Pacifichem 2015 conference (Symposia: Fragment-based Lead Discovery; Subject Area: Bench to Bedside: Chemistry of Health Care). Pacifichem is one of the largest chemistry conferences, and this year it is attended by over 15,000 delegates. … Read more


Yu and Ivan attended the ANZMAG 2015 conference that was held in Paihia, New Zealand. Ivan was an invited speaker to the conference. He gave a Talk on Monday afternoon on the mechanistic studies of glutathione-dependent formaldehyde activating enzyme (GFA), a piece of work that Ivan has started working on during his post-doc years at Oxford (in collaboration with and … Read more

Farewell lunch

We had a farewell lunch to celebrate Nasri and Mike completing and obtaining their BSc(Hons) and PGDipSci degrees respectively. Well done on your achievements! Mike will be coming back next year to continue as a Master’s student, and Nasri is contemplating returning to the Group for a Master’s degree as well. We also had a special … Read more

Visiting student from TU Bergakademie Freiberg

We welcome Thomas Hanauer who is joining us as a Visiting Student for eight weeks. Thomas is from the research group of Dr Tobias Gruber at the Technische Universitat Bergakademie Freiberg in Saxony, Germany. Thomas will be investigating the interactions between synthetic macrocycles and small organic molecules that contain the methylammonium motif by using NMR spectroscopy.  

New research group members

We welcome Dona Gunawardana and Danilo Correddu to our Group. Dona is originally from Sri Lanka. She has been living in New Zealand for 8 years and she is joining us as a BSc(Hons) student. Her project will involve structural and biochemical studies of a plant enzyme that is involved in ethylene biosynthesis. Danilo is a native of Italy. He received … Read more

Research showcase 2015

Yu (co-supervised with Professor Paul Kilmartin) delivered a poster presentation titled ‘NMR and Spectroscopic Studies on The Effects of Antioxidants in Polyphenol Oxidation in Wines’ during the School of Chemical Sciences Research Showcase 2015 and Centenary Celebration at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Well done Yu!    

New website

We are excited to announce that the Leung Research Group website is now live. You can find out information about our research and our research team. It has also useful resources ideal for perspective postgraduate applicants. So bookmark this page –