In my PhD I worked on 'Mechanosensitive ion channels as novel targets for antimicrobial agents'. They act as an emergency valve when cells experience an osmotic downshock. The mechanosensitive ion channel of large conductance (MscL) is highly conserved in bacteria and not found in the human genome making it an attractive target for drug discovery. This research has led to the development of a novel and non-toxic class of antimicrobials effective against gram +ve bacteria, including superbugs.
After completing my PhD I joined Prof. Colin Raston as a postdoc working in a number of projects. I am fascinated by the potential of biomass utilisation (e.g. human hair) where a waste material can be transformed into a high value end product. I am also interested in the biomineralisation of calcium carbonate and its formation under high shear. I also enjoy doing molecular modelling of systems to better understand experimental results.
I am currently acting CEO for Boulos & Cooper Pharmaceuticals, a South Australian company developing a novel class of antibiotics effective against drug resistant bacteria.
Tall Poppy Award 2014
2nd Prize Poster Presentation - Flinders Centre for NanoScale Science & Technology (CNST) annual conference 2013
International Summit on Past and Present Research systems in Green Chemistry 2014, Philadelphia USA
RACI Division of Interfaces, Colloids, and Nanomaterials: Nanochemistry for life 2014, UniSA Adelaide
Recycling waste wool
Member of the Australian Network of Nanotechnology
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