Peptide Group

Natural Products Group

The Brimble research team is divided into two subgroups. The peptide synthesis group, which is located in the peptide synthesis facility of the UoA and the natural product synthesis group. The subgroup leaders are Dr. Paul Harris and Dr. Dan Furkert, respectively, who are supported by several research fellows and our support staff team Tim Layt and Dee Miles.

Senior team members

Dr Paul Harris

Dr Paul Harris

Group leader of peptide chemistry

Novel lipopeptides for the treatment of infectious disease; protein synthesis using ligation technologies. Advanced Glycation Endproducts and their effect on Amyloid proteins. Synthesis of cyclic antimicrobial peptides using CLipPA technology.

University of Auckland webpage: Dr Paul Harris

Email: paul.harris@auckland.ac.nz

Dr Daniel Furkert

Dr Daniel Furkert

Group leader of natural product synthesis

Organic synthesis directed towards natural products and drug discovery, development of improved chemical methods to access biologically relevant structures, and medicinal chemistry focused on TB, cancer and neuropharmacology.

University of Auckland webpage: Dr Daniel Furkert

Email: d.furkert@auckland.ac.nz

Dr David Rennison

Dr David Rennison

Group leader of medicinal chemistry

Medicinal chemistry/drug design/custom small molecule synthesis, specializing in the Agritech space

University of Auckland webpage: Dr David Rennison

Email: d.rennison@auckland.ac.nz

Research fellows

Dr Geoff Williams

Dr Geoff Williams

Research fellow/peptide group

Peptide GMP manufacture. Development of novel TLR ligands and immunologically active peptide constructs.

Email: gm.williams@auckland.ac.nz

Dr SunghyunYang

Dr SunghyunYang

Post doc/peptide group

Synthesis of biological active glycoproteins/glycopeptides, peptide hormones and preparation of their non-natural analogues

Email: sung.yang78@gmail.com

Dr Freda Li

Dr Freda Li

Post doc/natural products

Synthesis and characterisation of bioactive natural products and cell imaging   fluorophores.

Email: fli039@aucklanduni.ac.nz

Dr Louise Stubbing

Dr Louise Stubbing

Post doc/peptide group

Synthesis of bioactive heterocycles and anti-cancer peptide natural products

 

Email: louise.stubbing@auckland.ac.nz

Dr Alan Cameron

Dr Alan Cameron

Post doc/peptide group

Synthesis of biological active cyclic peptides and their biological testing

 

Email: alanjcameron@hotmail.com

Dr Xiaobo Ding

Dr Xiaobo Ding

Post doc/natural products

Studies and synthesis of bioactive natural products

Email: xiaobodg@sina.com

Dr Iman Kavianinia

Dr Iman Kavianinia

Post doc/peptide group

Antibody-drug conjugates, including the development of potent drug payloads and novel linker systems.

Email: i.kavianinia@auckland.ac.nz

Dr Emma Davison

Dr Emma Davison

Post doc/peptide group

Synthesis of bioactive heterocycles and anti-cancer peptide natural products and peptides

Email: emma.davison@auckland.ac.nz

PhD students

Jared Freeman

Jared Freeman

PhD student/natural products

Asymmetric organic synthesis of a marine natural product with antibiotic activity

Email:   jfre958@aucklanduni.ac.nz

Megan Jamieson

Megan Jamieson

PhD student/natural products

Synthesis of spiroketal natural products and mechanistic elucidation of catalytic reactions

Email:   mjam869@aucklanduni.ac.nz

Phil Grant

Phil Grant

PhD student/natural products

New strategies for the total synthesis of complex diterpenoid natural products

(Exchange at Prof. Aggarwals group, Bristol)

Email: pgra177@aucklanduni.ac.nz

Ben Lu

Ben Lu

PhD student/natural products

Novel synthesis of lipidated peptides

Email:   blu365@aucklanduni.ac.nz

Georgina Howard

Georgina Howard

PhD student/natural products

Organic synthesis of a unnatural amino acids

Email:   ghow257@aucklanduni.ac.nz

Zifei Wang

Zifei Wang

PhD student/natural products

Synthesis of cell imaging fluorophores

Email:   zwan257@aucklanduni.ac.nz

Shaun Ferris

Shaun Ferris

PhD student/natural products

Design and synthesis of small molecules enzyme inhibitors

Email: sfer185@aucklanduni.ac.nz

Nicola Brant

Nicola Brant

PhD student/natural products

Synthetic studies towards the total synthesis of lycopodium alkaloids

Email: nbra166@aucklanduni.ac.nz

Andrew Earl

Andrew Earl

PhD student/natural products

Asymmetric synthesis of biologically active marine natural products

Email:  aear531@aucklanduni.ac.nz 

Joseph Bell-Tyrer

Joseph Bell-Tyrer

PhD student/natural products

Synthetic studies towards the total synthesis of lycopodium alkaloids

Email: jbel1507@aucklanduni.ac.nz

Hans Choi

Hans Choi

PhD student/natural products

Synthetic studies of vinyl azides and biologically active marine products

Email: hcho161@aucklanduni.ac.nz

George Opiyo

George Opiyo

PhD student/natural products

Asymmetric synthesis of acetylene lipopeptides and spiroketals natural products

Email: gopi662@aucklanduni.ac.nz

Tom Grant

Tom Grant

PhD student/natural products

Unnatural amino acids and peptide mimics to develop novel eco-friendly anti-foulants

Email:  tgra290@aucklanduni.ac.nz

Jooyoung jeong

Jooyoung jeong

PhD student/natural products

Development of synthetic strategies to access [6.6.6.6]-tetracyclic cores

Email:  jjoo006@aucklanduni.ac.nz

Indra Yudhipratama

Indra Yudhipratama

PhD student/natural products

Synthetic studies towards a spiroketal polyketide secondary metabolite compound

Email: iyud586@aucklanduni.ac.nz

Essie Pearl

Essie Pearl

PhD student/natural products

Synthetic studies towards the total synthesis of marine natural products

Email: epea620@aucklanduni.ac.nz

Jason Ko

Jason Ko

PhD student/natural products

Asymmetric synthesis of biologically active marine natural products

Email:  kko983@aucklanduni.ac.nz

Elyse Williams

Elyse Williams

PhD student/peptide group

Synthetic methods towards antibacterial lanthipeptides

Email:  ewil932@aucklanduni.ac.nz

Lauren Yule

Lauren Yule

PhD student/peptide group

Chemical synthesis and  characterisation of peptidomimetics of amylin

Email:  Lyul935@aucklanduni.ac.nz

Buxhe Xu

Buxhe Xu

PhD student/peptide group

Organic and peptide synthesis, natural products chemistry, antibiotics

Email:         xubuzhe89@gmail.com

Victor Yim

Victor Yim

PhD student/peptide group

Synthesis of antimicrobial peptides using CLipPA technology

Email:

vyim003@aucklanduni.ac.nz

Shengping "Alan" Zhang

Shengping "Alan" Zhang

PhD student/peptide group

Total synthesis of naturally-occurring bioactive cyclic peptides

Email:  allanzhang8826@yahoo.com

Aakanksha Rani

Aakanksha Rani

PhD student/peptide group

Bioelectronic materials featuring organic semiconducting naturally self-assembling peptide

Email: aakankshakiitr@gmail.com

Danielle Paterson

Danielle Paterson

PhD student/peptide group

Inhibiting an intracellular protein-protein interaction with short peptides

Email: dpat148@aucklanduni.ac.nz

Nadia Kovalenko

Nadia Kovalenko

PhD student/peptide group

Synthesis  of naturally occurring cyclic peptides with potent antimicrobial properties

Email: nkov212@aucklanduni.ac.nz

Jakob Gaar

Jakob Gaar

PhD student/peptide group

Synthesis and characterisation of Advanced Glycation Endproducts in biomimetic peptides

Email:   jgaa804@aucklanduni.ac.nz

Yann Hermant

Yann Hermant

PhD student/peptide group

Synthesis of antibacterial lipopeptides

Email: yher637@aucklanduni.ac.nz

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