Best Thesis Award for Wenyi Li
Dr Wenyi Li has been awarded the Graham Johnston Best Thesis Award from RACI Division of Medicinal Chemistry/Chemical Biology. As part of the award, he has been invited to present a lecture on his research at the upcoming RACI Centenary Congress (23-28 July 2017).News
Chemistry researchers wins prestigious award
Dr Paul Donnelly and Associate Professor Brendan Abrahams, from the School of Chemistry, have been awarded a 2017 TechConnect Innovation Award, which will be presented in Washington in May. They were selected for their work titled “Polymers for the capture of volatile anaesthetics”, which placed in the top 20 per cent of all submitted technologies judged.News
Professor Frances Separovic appointed as Deputy Director of the Bio21 Institute
Professor Frances Separovic has been appointed to the role of Deputy Director of the Bio21 Institute.
In accepting this role, Frances will be a key member of the Institute’s executive team, working closely with the Institute Director, Scientific Research Manager and members of the Institute's Management team to help deliver on strategic and operational plans.News
Insulin analogue can take the heat
Despite recent advances in the treatment of type 1 diabetes mellitus, storage of insulin therapeutics at 4°C is still necessary to minimise degradation and to preserve biological activity. This can be problematic in poor tropical regions where reliable refrigeration is often not ubiquitous.
To address this issue, a team of medicinal chemists led by Dr Mohammed Akhter Hossain of the Insulin Peptides Laboratory at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health has developed a novel insulin molecule that possesses enhanced thermal stability (Karas J.A., Patil N.A., Tailhades J., Sani M.A., Scanlon D.B., Forbes B.E., Gardiner J., Separovic F., Wade J.D., Hossain M.A. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 14 743–47). Dr John Karas, the lead author of the paper, replaced A6-A11 cystine in insulin with a stable isostere, cystathionine.News
Anemones punch holes: Toxins by NMR
New work published in Molecules 2017 by John Karas, Marc-Antoine Sani and Frances Separovic could help us start to understand the pore-forming proteins that cause the sea anomone's sting to punch holes holes in cell membranes. The article is part of the Molecules Special Issue "Women in Organic Chemistry".News
Progress toward extending human protein pumps
Protein pumps play a central role in metabolism of the nutrient metal copper by pumping copper(I) ions across cell membranes against the thermodynamic gradient using energy derived from ATP hydrolysis. Malfunction of the human pumps ATP7A and ATP7B are directly responsible for, respectively, Menkes and Wilson diseases and for a spectrum of neuro-pathologies. Membrane proteins are notoriously difficult to isolate intact as they feature both hydrophilic and hydrophobic domains. The laboratory of Zhiguang Xiao and Anthony Wedd (University of Melbourne) has isolated a bacterial analogue of the human pumps and characterised it in molecular detail (C J. K. Wijekoon, S. R. Udagedara, R. L. Knorr, R. Dimova, A. G. Wedd and Z. Xiao,J. Amer. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 4266–4269).News
Green routes to polyelectrolytes
New work published in Angewandte Chemie (DOI:10.1002/anie.201612021); by the Wong and Jones research groups reveals green routes to polyelectrolyte synthesis using palladium catalysed coupling in water and exposed to air. The new materials demonstrated superior interlayer behaviour improving the solar cell performance for both Organic and Perovskite solar cells.News
New research from the NMR & Membrane Biophysics Group and colleagues
Researchers from the NMR & Membrane Biophysics Group (University of Melbourne) and the Molecular Assembly Laboratory (RMIT University) have published new research predicting the release profile of small molecules from within the ordered nanostructured lipidic bicontinuous cubic phase, using translational diffusion coefficients determined by PFG-NMR.News
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