The biomedical Discovery and Development team focuses on methods to design and synthesise, and/or enrich from natural sources, medically-relevant molecules. The group also develops processes for their chemical and high-throughput biological characterisation.  


  • Publications in top tier journals including Angewandte Chemie, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Journal of Controlled Release, Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine, Nature Medicine, and Pain.
  • Patents received for research outcomes.
  • Our researchers have been funded by government (ARC, NHMRC), university (UQ) and non-government (e.g. Australian Cancer Research Foundation, Cancer Council Queensland, Ramaciotti Foundation) grants.
  • Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences at UQ is ranked at the highest possible level (well above world standard (5/5, ERA 2018)
  • Past and current research leaders have won many fellowships (e.g. NHMRC ECF, CDF) and awards (e.g. QLD young Tall Poppy Science Award).

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