Prof Forbes received her PhD from The University of Adelaide in Biochemistry and held positions at The University of Adelaide, Discipline of Biochemistry, where she was head of the Laboratory of Protein Signalling, and at CSIRO Division of Human Nutrition. Her expertise lies in protein chemistry and structure/function. Using a range of techniques from protein expression, purification, biophysical analyses and in vitro cell biology assays her Flinders University laboratory seeks to understand how insulin and insulin-like growth factors bind to their cell surface receptors and how this leads to their important biological actions such as control of metabolism and a growth.
Deputy Director (Research Education Development) FHMRI
Head of the Proteins in Metabolism and Cancer laboratory
Supervision of PhD, Honours students and Research staff
Undergraduate teaching in Medical Biochemistry
ASBMB National Secretary
Adelaide Protein Group committee member
Institutional Biosafety Committee Member
HDR Committee Chair
My teaching interests are in Biochemistry, Cell Biology and Protein Chemistry. I am particularly interested in inspiring students in the field of growth factor and hormone signalling and how this fundamentally underpins normal growth and development, and how a understanding in this field also impacts on an understanding of molecular basis of disease. I also aim to provide opportunities to expose students to the excitement of medical research.
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