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

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

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

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

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

Praveen’s PhD Thesis Submission

Congratulations to Praveen, who submitted his Thesis last week for examination. Praveen worked in three different groups (A/Prof. Duncan McGillivray as main supervisor, and Professor Penny Brothers and Ivan as co-supervisors) and two different projects (SAXS to study protein conformational change, and dynamic nanomaterials) during his PhD. Praveen overcame many obstacles during his PhD and … Read more

Farewell Lunch for Simran

We farewelled Simran, who will be going to Hong Kong Baptist University to start her PhD studies in September. Simran did very well in her MSc with us. She achieved an A grade for her thesis, and produced invaluable results understanding conformational change of the ethylene-forming enzyme upon ligand binding. Well done Simran, and keep … Read more