Dist. Prof. Margaret Brimble 

FRS, CNZM, FRSNZ, FRSC, FRACI, FNZIC

School of Chemical Sciences, and School of Biological Sciences

Chair of Organic and Director of Medicinal Chemistry

Principal Investigator of Maurice Wilkins Centre for molecular Biodiscovery

Principal Investigator of Brain Research New Zealand

Education

1983 to 1985PhD in Chemistry, The University of Southampton, UK
1982 to 1983MSc in Chemistry with First Class Honours, The University of Auckland, NZ
1979 to 1981BSc in Chemistry, The University of Auckland, NZ

Fellowship and Honours

2018Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS)
2012Queen’s Honour - Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for Service to Science (CNZM)
2005Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK (FRSC)
2004Queen's Honour - Member New Zealand Order of Merit for Service to Science (MNZM)
2001Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand (FRSNZ)
1999Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (FNZIC)
1998Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (FRACI)

Awards

2018Royal Soc. Chem. George & Christine Sosnovsky Award in Cancer Therapy
2017IUPAC Award - Outstanding Service in Advancement of Chemistry Worldwide
2016 NZ Association of Scientists Marsden Medal (Lifetime Achievement in Science), Royal Society of Chemistry Australasian Lectureship
2015 IUPAC Distinguished Women in Chemistry/Chemical Engineeering Award
2015 The University of Auckland Vice-Chancellor’s Commercialization Medal
2015Senior Fellowship Award International Society of Heterocyclic Chemistry
2014Westpac Trust Women of Influence Award (Science and Innovation)
2012 Hector Medal for outstanding works in chemical sciences, presented by the Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ)
2012 McDiarmid Medal for outstanding scientific research with potential human benefit presented by the Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ)
2012 Rutherford Medal for exceptional contributions to science and technology sector in NZ, presented by the Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ)
2011 Adrien Albert Award for sustained outstanding research in medicinal chemistry presented by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI)
2011 Dean’s Award for excellence in postgraduate supervision, The University of Auckland, NZ
2010 Natural Products Chemistry Award for outstanding contributions to the synthesis of natural products and their analogues and Simonsen Lectureship presented by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), UK
2010 Editorial Board Award for refereeing the greatest number of articles for RSC journals in 2009 presented by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), UK
2008 World Class New Zealander Award in Research, Science, Technology & Academia presented by Kea and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
2008 Distinguished Research Scientist presented by the Victorian Institute for Chemical Sciences, Australia
2007 L'Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science Asia-Pacific, Laureate in Materials Science
2007 New Zealander of the Year in science category presented by North & South Magazine
2005 HortResearch Prize for excellence in the chemical sciences presented by the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (NZIC)
2004 James Cook Research Fellowship presented by the Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ)
2004 Novartis Chemistry Award for outstanding contributions in natural product synthesis and development of new synthetic methodology
2004 Inaugural Rosalind Franklin International Lectureship awarded to internationally recognised and successful women scientists presented by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), UK
2002Novum Organic Chemistry Lecturer, Stockholm, Sweden
2001 Distinguished Chemist Award presented by the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies
2001 T.G.H. Jones Memorial Lecturer, University of Queensland, Australia

Professional Services

2017Member of Kiwinet Return on Science Investment Committee (Life Sciences/Biotech)
2016President and Titular Member IUPAC Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry Division III
2015Panel Member European Research Council PE5 Synthetic Chemistry/Materials Science (Advanced Grants Scheme 2015-2017; Consolidator Grants 2017).
2014 to 2015 Vice-President Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry Division III of International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC)
2012 to 2016 Chair of Synthesis Sub-Committee. International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC)
2012 to 2015 International Advisory Board for International Society of Heterocyclic Chemistry
2012Science Advisor to Freemasons Roskill Trust
2012 Member of Otago University Chemistry Department Review Panel
2011Member of Selection Panel, L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science Fellowships in Australia and NZ
2010 to 2012 Member of Review Board for Elsevier Reaxys PhD Prize in Asia and Australasian
2010 to 2012 Co-Chair of Organising Committee, Zing European Gordon Conference Synthesis/Biosynthesis of Natural Products, Egypt, 2011; Lanzarote, 2012
2010 to 2012 Chairperson of Selection Committee, Rutherford Discovery Fellowships, the Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ)
2010Member of International Jury, L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science Awards
2009 to 2011 Member of Advisory Panel, the New Zealand Science Media Centre
2009Elected Member, New Zealand Global Women Network
2009Chairperson of Board of Trustees, the Royal Society of New Zealand-Rutherford Foundation
2008 to 2010 Member of Marsden Fund Council; Convenor in Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry Panel (2010), Convenor in Physical Sciences and Engineering Panel (2008-2009), the Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ)
2007 External Assessor, Australian Universities Research Quality Framework
2007 Member of Bioactives Domain Review Panel, Foundation of Research Science and Technology (FRST)
2006 to 2008 Member of Advisory Group, Leveraging New Zealand’s Natural Resources, Foundation of Research, Science and Technology (FRST)
2005 to 2009 President,Past-President and President-Elect, International Society of Heterocyclic Chemistry (ISHC)
2005 Member of International Review Panel, Karolinska Institute of Biosciences, Sweden
2003 to 2008 Member of Sub-committee in Organic Synthesis, International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC)
2002 to 2008 Member of Academy Council, the Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ)
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