Senior Lecturer of Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Charles Darwin University
I'm a lecturer in medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry at Charles Darwin University. Explosions, fires and things that will make you very ill were formative events in my interest in science.
Since then I've studied at Manchester Metropolitan University (BSc Chemistry) and UMIST (PhD) and worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at The University of Melbourne's School of Chemistry and then in the Department of Pathology. All that has involved me in making plastic stabilisers by the tonne; synthesizing research drug molecules in milligram quantities; studying protein-membrane interactions using instruments such as solid-state NMR and the Platypus neutron reflectometer at ANSTO; and various other projects related to pharmaceutical and biological chemistry.
Police in the UK are still hunting the source of a Novichok poisoning as they investigate the murder of a woman exposed to the deadly nerve agent. This is the same type of nerve agent that was used in March in the...