John Horsley

Dr John Horsley

ARC Grant-Funded Researcher A

School of Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

I am a Synthetic Organic Chemist with extensive experience in peptide synthesis and electron transfer in peptides. I completed a PhD with the Abell group at Adelaide University in 2015, and since then have been employed as a post-doctoral fellow within the same group. I have also enjoyed an association with IPAS and particularly, the CNBP. My current work involves a number of areas including medical research, and developing photoswitchable sensors for molecular interaction. During the past few years I have gained valuable insights regarding the techniques required to synthesize and characterize various molecules, such as HPLC, NMR, mass spectroscopy and molecular modelling.

Research Interests

Organic Chemistry, Organic Synthesis, Peptide Synthesis, Heterocyclic Chemistry, Photo-switchable Compounds, Medicinal Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Electron Transfer, Fabrication of biosensor, Macrocyclic Chemistry, Molecular Electronics, Click Chemistry, Ring Closing Metathesis, Lactamisation, Surface Chemistry, HPLC, Mass Spectroscopy, and all forms of NMR.



  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2015 - ongoing Post Doctoral Researach Associate University of Adelaide, Adelaide
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2011 - 2014 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia PhD (Electron Transfer in Peptides)
  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2024 Co-Supervisor New practical applications for an old peptide antibiotic. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Yifei Wang
    2023 Co-Supervisor The Design and Synthesis of New Antimicrobial Agents Based on Biotin Biology Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Taylah Renee Cruse
    2023 Co-Supervisor The development of peptide-based prodrugs for the treatment of disease. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr John Trevor Kalyvas
  • Position: ARC Grant-Funded Researcher A
  • Phone: 83135360
  • Email:
  • Fax: 83134380
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Badger, floor G
  • Org Unit: Chemistry

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