Hugh Harris

Professor Hugh Harris

Head of Department

School of Physical Sciences

Faculty of Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Bioinorganic Chemistry/Metals in Biology
Metabolism and benefits of dietary selenium
Heavy metal toxicology in mammals (As, Se, Hg, Cd)
Metalloprotein active site structures and mechanisms
Application of X-ray absorption and X-ray fluorescence techniques to intact tissues

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2016 Professor University of Adelaide, Adelaide
    2012 Associate Professor University of Adelaide, Adelaide
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    The University of New South Wales Australia PhD
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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2020 Principal Supervisor Developing synchrotron imaging technology to address questions in redox biology. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jake William Andersen
    2020 Principal Supervisor Biomimetic Synthesis of Natural Products Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Andreas Benedikt Zur Bonsen
    2020 Co-Supervisor Investigation and characterisation of the P450 enzymes produced by various mycobacterium species. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Daniel Zocchi Doherty
    2019 Principal Supervisor Rapid Generation of Molecular Complexity via Diels-Alder Approaches Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Isuru Dissanayake
    2019 Principal Supervisor Development and Applications of X-ray Metallomic Techniques Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr James Henry Lovett
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2016 - 2020 Principal Supervisor An investigation of the chemistry of silver in biological systems, and the development of silver-containing materials for use as antibacterial agents Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Harley Dwane Betts
    2015 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Isolation of New P450s and the Modification of Existing P450s for Biocatalysis Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Ian Cheuk-Kei Lau
    2015 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Uncovering the Role of Biomineralisation in Otolith Trace Element Uptake by Microstructural and Microchemical Analysis Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Ms Aoife McFadden
    2014 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Utilising CYP199A4 from Rhodopseudomonas palustris HaA2 for investigation of the mechanism of cytochrome P450-catalysed oxidations Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Tom Coleman
    2013 - 2015 Principal Supervisor The Efficient and Selective Catalytic Oxidation of Terpenoids and Aromatic Hydrocarbons by the P450 Monooxygenase CYP101B1 Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Emma Ashleigh Hall
    2011 - 2014 Principal Supervisor The Distribution and Speciation of Trace Elements in Bovine Ovaries Using Synchrotron Techniques Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Melanie Ceko
    2011 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Behaviour of silver and silver sulfide nanoparticles in the environment:
    Effects on wastewater treatment processes and soil organisms
    Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Casey Louise Doolette
    2011 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Application of Synchrotron-Based Spectroscopic Techniques XAS and XFM towards Probing the Cellular Metallome Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jason Lee Wedding
    2010 - 2013 Principal Supervisor The Combined Application of XAS and XFM Techniques to the Problem of Selenium Speciation in Biological Systems Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Claire Weekley
    2008 - 2011 Co-Supervisor ß-Strand Mimicry as the Basis for a Universal Approach to Protease Inhibition Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Seth Adam Jones
    2007 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Imaging Investigations of the Ruthenium(III) Anti-Cancer Drugs, NAMI-A and KP1019, and Novel Analogues Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Sumy Antony
  • Position: Head of Department
  • Phone: 83135060
  • Email: hugh.harris@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4380
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Badger, floor 2
  • Room: 2 31
  • Org Unit: Chemistry

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