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I am a structural biologist with interests in the relationship between protein structure and function. I have expertise in protein purification and crystallisation, enzyme kinetics, and a new found enthusiasm for proteomics fuelled by our newly equipped state of the art mass spectrometry laboratory. My pet project of the moment centres around glycocin GccF, a novel diglycosylated antimicrobial molecule whose activity is dependent on its glycans. We have characterised its activity, its structure, and partially unravelled its mode of action in susceptible cells and are currently working to find the final piece of the puzzle.
Structural biology, Protein Biochemistry, Proteomics, Glycobiology, Protein Expression and Purification, Enzyme kinetics, Protein Crystallisation, x-ray crystallography, Bacteriocins, Antimicrobial peptides, Analytical Biochemistry, Spectroscopy
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Field of research codes
Analytical Biochemistry (060101): Biochemistry and Cell Biology (060100): Biochemistry and Cell Biology not elsewhere classified (060199): Biological Sciences (060000): Enzymes (060107): Microbiology (060500): Microbiology not elsewhere classified (060599): Proteomics and Intermolecular Interactions (excl. Medical Proteomics) (060109): Receptors and Membrane Biology (060110): Structural Biology (incl. Macromolecular Modelling) (060112)
Structural biology, Protein Biochemistry, Proteomics, Glycobiology, Protein Expression and Purification, Enzyme kinetics, Protein Crystallisation, x-ray crystallography, Bacteriocins, Antimicrobial peptides, Analytical Biochemistry, CD Spectroscopy, Mass Spectrometry
Project Title: Proteins from pieces: subdomain assembly in the evolution of protein structure
Date Range: 2010 - 2012
Funding Body: Marsden Fund - Full
Project Title: Glycocins? Yeah Right
Date Range: 2009 - 2012
Funding Body: Massey University
I am paper coordinator for 122.232 Protein Biochemistry, and teach into 122322, Protein Structure and Function, 122327, Molecular and Cellular biology, 122.704, Molecular cell Biology, 203,328, Genome Analysis, and 123712, Chemistry and NanoScience.
I supervise Kevin Ma (MSc), and am joint supervisor of Jack Somerton (MSc), Marc Bailie (MSc), Renee Atua (MSc) and Shelly Grace (MSc).
I co-supervise Dongfong Chao (PhD), Hanan Kayed (PhD), Taryn Miller (PhD), Sofia Khanum (PhD), Faya Ngonidzashe (PhD) and Bishwa Subedi (PhD)