Higher Degree by Research Candidate
School of Physical Sciences
Faculty of Sciences
Aimee graduated from a Bachelor of Science (Molecular & Drug Design) in Chemistry at the University of Adelaide in 2015. She then went on to complete a Master of Philosophy in Chemical Science at the University of Adelaide, with a focus on the secondary structure of peptides constrained with a fluorescent linker, under the supervision of Professor Andrew Abell. Continuing under Professor Abell's guidance, Aimee is currently undertaking a PhD in Chemistry working on structurally constrained peptides and their interaction with proteins, with an aim to develop fluorescent peptide-based protein-protein interaction inhibitors. She is also a member of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale Biophotonics (CNBP) and the Institute for Photonics & Advanced Sensing (IPAS).
The main research focus of my PhD encompasses synthesising peptides to probe protein-protein interaction sites. This information allows us to design and then synthesise constrained peptides, with restricted secondary structure, to act as competitive inhibitors of disease-related protein-protein interactions. I also look at how we can better detect these compounds within a biological system by using fluorescent peptide constraints as part of my work with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale Biophotonics (CNBP) and the Institute for Photonics & Advanced Sensing (IPAS).
Date Position Institution name 2017 Chemistry Workshop Leader University of Adelaide, Adelaide 2015 Chemistry Practical Demonstrator University of Adelaide, Adelaide
Date Institution name Country Title 2017 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia Doctorate of Philosophy 2015 - 2017 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia Master of Philosophy 2012 - 2014 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science (Molecular & Drug Design)
Aimee demonstrates undergraduate chemistry practical labs on a weekly basis during the University semesters, and is also involved with leading undergraduate chemistry workshops.
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