Senior lecturer in Pharmacology, University of Adelaide

I am a molecular pharmacologist who works at the University of Adelaide, Australia. I have a broad interest in the understanding of how surface receptors can modulate neuronal function and survival, as well as interests in natural product pharmacology and drug design. As well I am interested in evolutionary biology, science communication (committee member of SA Science Communicators) and am an avid amateur astronomer. My astronomy blog is astroblog.

I did postdoctoral work in the Institute of Pharmacology at the Free University of Berlin in 1991-1994, returning to Australia in 1994. I have collaborated with Professor John Carver, Dr. Scot Smid and Professor Colin Barrow on using natural products to attack the neurodegeneration process in Alzheimer’s Disease. I was recently elected as convenor of the Toxicology Special Interest Group of the Australasian Society for Pharmacology and Toxicology. I am also collaborating with Professor Roger Byard on the forensic implications of herbal medicines. I have held NH&MRC funding and currently hold ARC funding.


  • 2001–present
    Senior Lecturer, University of Adelaide


  • 1989 
    University of Melbourne, PhD (Pharmacology)


  • 2010
    Herbal medicines and forensic investigations, Forensic Sci Med Pathol.
  • 2010
    alphaB-Crystallin inhibits the cell toxicity associated with amyloid fibril formation , Cell Stress Chaperones
  • 2009
    (-)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) maintains kappa-casein in its pre-fibrillar state ..., J Mol Biol

Grants and Contracts

  • 2010
    Enzymatic synthesis, microencapsulation and biological evaluation of a new class of ...
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Research Areas

  • Food Engineering (090802)
  • Biocatalysis And Enzyme Technology (100301)
  • Basic Pharmacology (111501)
  • Cell Neurochemistry (060105)
  • Natural Products Chemistry (030502)