Higher Degree by Research Candidate
School of Physical Sciences
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology
Kathryn graduated from Bachelor of Science (Advanced) with a Double Major in Chemistry at the University of Adelaide in 2015, and was awarded the G.M. Badger Prize by the University of Adelaide for the best weighted overall performance in Level III Chemistry courses. She then completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours) at the University of Adelaide in 2016, under the supervision of Professor Andrew Abell, with her thesis titled "Synthesis and Activity of Azobenzene-Based Photoswitchable Proteasome Inhibitors". Kathryn was awarded the Rennie Scholarship for Research in Chemistry and also the Cedric Stanton Hicks Research Scholarship for the highest mark in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Chemistry. Kathryn is currently undertaking a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Adelaide, under the supervision of Professor Andrew Abell and Professor Robert McLaughlin. Her work is focused on the development of photoswitchable enzyme inhibitors, as well using optical fibres to photoswitch drug candidates in vivo. Kathryn is a member of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale Biophotonics (CNBP) and the Institute for Photonics & Advanced Sensing (IPAS). (Photo credit: Fresh Science).
My research takes an interdisciplinary (chemical, biochemical and optical) focus in the field of Photopharmacology. I work on the synthesis and activity of spiropyran and azobenzene-based photoswitchable enzyme inhibitors, and am also investigating the use of optical fibres to control the in vivo toxicity of a photoswitchable chemotherapy agent.
Date Position Institution name 2016 - 2017 Chemistry Practical Demonstrator University of Adelaide, Adelaide
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2018 Award Tanya Monro Best Student Oral Presentation Institute for Photonics & Advanced Sensing (IPAS) Australia 2017 Achievement Fresh Science Participant Science in Public Australia 2017 Scholarship Cedric Stanton Hicks Research Scholaship University of Adelaide Australia 2017 Award The Rennie Scholarship for Research in Chemistry University of Adelaide Australia 2016 Award The G.M. Badger Prize The University of Adelaide Australia
Date Institution name Country Title 2017 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD 2016 - 2016 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science (Honours) 2013 - 2015 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science (Advanced)
Year Citation 2016 Palasis, K. A. (2016). Synthesis and Activity of Switchable Azobenzene-Based Proteasome Inhibitors.
- 2018: ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale Biophotonics (CNBP) Small Equipment Grant Funding, Bringing photoswitchable drugs deep inside the body, $4000
Kathryn has demonstrated undergraduate chemistry practicals for both first year and second year students.
Date Role Membership Country 2017 - 2018 Member Member MRACI Post Graduate Student Australia
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