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

Farewell Misha and Esmée

We farewell Esmée & Misha today. Esmée & Misha joined the Leung Group five months ago from Avans Hogeschool (Avans University of Applied Sciences) as intern students. They did very well and successfully produced several new proteins during their time in Auckland. We hope that you have enjoyed your experience (work and travelling) in New … Read more

Dr Ram Bhusal

Congratulations to Ram for successfully passing his PhD oral examination with minor corrections! Ram’s PhD consisted of two parts. The first part was on the green chemical synthesis of nitrogen-containing heterocycles from itaconic acid as a renewable source. This was done with his main supervisor A/Prof. Jon Sperry. The second part of his PhD was … Read more

Farewell to Ram

We farewell Ram today, who will move to Melbourne to take up a postdoctoral fellowship at Monash University on the 18th of April. Ram is a very good scientist. He successfully transformed from being an organic chemist to a structural biologist / enzymologist during his PhD. Switching field in science is not easy and Ram … Read more

Ram’s PhD Thesis submission

Congratulations to Ram, who submitted his PhD Thesis for examination earlier today. Ram conducted structural and biochemical studies of Mycobacterium tuberculosis isocitrate lyase during his PhD. Ram was very keen to learn new skills and techniques during his PhD. He was very productive and his PhD work has already led to three publications, and (hopefully) … Read more