Alix Harlington

Alix Harlington

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences


My research incorporates synthetic biology, enzymology, bioinformatics, and biochemistry to discover, characterise and engineer small molecule binding proteins as novel biosensors. This work leverages the diversity of existing and uncharacterised bacterial small molecule sensors and catalytic enzymes. My central aim is to identify and engineer specific biosensors responsive to aromatic compounds of interest to the wine industry. To engineer specificity and tailor biosensor sensitivity, I am in the process of building bacterial genetic circuits to select for targeted sensing chemistry. This work is supported by Wine Australia.

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  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2021 Scholarship Research Training Program Stipend (RTPS) University of Adelaide Australia
    2021 Scholarship Wine Australia Supplementary Scholarship Wine Australia Australia
    2020 Award Outstanding Academic Achievement Award University of Adelaide Australia
    2019 Scholarship Adelaide Summer Research Scholarship University of Adelaide Australia
    2019 Award Outstanding Academic Achievement Award University of Adelaide Australia
    2018 Award Outstanding Academic Achievement Award University of Adelaide Australia
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2021 University of Adelaide Australia M.Phil
    2018 - 2020 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science (Advanced)
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