Qualifications

2020 - current
Postdoctoral Researcher, Research School of Chemistry
The Australian National University, Canberra

2016 - 2020
PhD, Research School of Chemistry
The Australian National University, Canberra
Thesis: The structure, dynamics, function and evolution of binding proteins
Supervisor: Professor Colin Jackson

2011 - 2014
Bachelor of Philosophy (First Class Honours in Protein Chemistry)
The Australian National University, Canberra
A competitive, research-focused science degree
🏅University Medal in Chemistry
GPA of 6.906/7

High School
The Friends’ School
Head Boy
ATAR – 99.90

Key Skills

Laboratory-based X-ray crystallography, protein expression, protein purification, isothermal titration calorimetry, cloning (traditional, Gibson Assembly), in-cell assay development, circular dichroism, enzyme kinetics, differential scanning fluorimetry, surface-plasmon resonance.

Computer-based (science) Molecular dynamics (Desmond, Gromacs, NAMD), molecular docking (Glide, AutoDock), ancestral protein reconstruction, phylogenetic analysis, homology modelling

Computer-based (other) Microsoft Office, R, Python, photo & video editing, website design & management, social media management, Adobe Creative Suite.

Other Science communication, teaching & student supervision, leadership.

Research Presentations

Oral presentations

  • 2021 ARC Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology Seminar Series. “Altered conformational sampling along an evolutionary trajectory increases the catalytic activity of a new enzyme”
  • 2021 Lorne Protein Conference. “Altered conformational sampling along an evolutionary trajectory changes the catalytic activity of an enzyme”
  • 2017 Biomolecular Machines Conference, Banff, Canada. “Conformational sampling is altered during the emergence and evolution of new enzyme activity”. Best Student Talk Award.🏆
  • 2017 Research School of Chemistry’s Celebration of HDR Chemistry. “The molecular machines of life”. Best Presentation Award.🏆

Poster presentations

  • ARC Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology Workshop, June 2021. “Evolution-based approaches for protein engineers”
  • Lorne Protein Conference, Feb 2019. “Molecular basis for the regulation of bicarbonate transport by the cyanobacterial PII-like protein, SbtB”. Poster Prize.🏆
  • Lorne Protein Conference, Feb 2018. “From binding protein to enzyme. Evolution of cyclohexadienyl dehydratase from an ancestral solute-binding protein”. Poster Prize.🏆
  • Melbourne Protein Group Symposium, 2017. “Introducing catalysis into non-catalytic protein folds: how nature does it”.
  • Synthetic Biology: Evolution, Engineering & Design Conference, Vancouver, Canada. June 2017. “From binding protein to enzyme. Evolution of cyclohexadienyl dehydratase from an ancestral solute-binding protein”.
  • Gordon Research Conference: Molecular Mechanisms in Evolution. June 2017. “From binding protein to enzyme. Evolution of cyclohexadienyl dehydratase from an ancestral solute-binding protein”.
  • Lorne Protein Conference, Feb 2017. “From binding protein to enzyme: Investigating the emergence of cyclohexadienyl dehydratase activity from non-catalytic ancestral proteins”.
  • ComBio Conference, Brisbane, October 2016. “From binding protein to enzyme: Investigating the emergence of cyclohexadienyl dehydratase activity from non-catalytic ancestral proteins.” ASBMB Poster Prize.🏆
  • Australian Society for Biophysics Membrane Transport Satellite Meeting, Dec 2012. “Investigating the interactions of sontochin and analogues with the Plasmodium falciparum Chloroquine Resistance Transporter (PfCRT).”

Honours & Awards

2019 Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Fellowship
2016-2018 Research School of Chemistry Postgraduate Teaching Fellowship
2016-2020 Research School of Chemistry PhD Scholarship
2016-2020 Australian Government Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship
2017 Vice Chancellor’s Travel Grant
2014 University Medal in Chemistry
2011-2014 National Undergraduate Scholarship
2012-2013 Summer Research Program Scholarship

Teaching Experience

2019-current Direct supervision of 9 Undergraduate & Honours Project Students
2013-2020 Tutor/Lab Demonstrator/Exam marker, Chemistry (1st year course), Chemical Biology (2nd year course), Protein Engineering (2nd year and 3rd year courses).
2017-2018 Lecturer, Chemistry Bridging Course, ANU

Leadership, Service & Community Involvement

2019-current ASBMB Australian Biochemist Editorial Board Member
2020 Meristem Volunteer
2018-2020 Canberra Protein Group Committee Member (ASBMB)
2019 “Shirty Science” Participant (National Science Week, outreach program)
2017-2018 Research School of Chemistry Higher Degree Research Student Representative Committee Member
2016-2020 ANU Open Day Volunteer
2011-current National Youth Science Forum Volunteer & Alumni Representative

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Employment History (other)

2014 – 2016 Tour guide & bus driver, Bruny Island Safaris
2008 – 2011 Wilderness Tour Guide, Tasmanian Walking company

Other

Myers-Briggs Personality Type
INFP-T (“Turbulent Mediator”)
Role: Diplomat
Strategy: Constant improvement
View my Myers-Briggs personality test results here

Referees

Referee contact details and/or reference letters are available upon request.