Kathryn Palasis

Ms Kathryn Palasis

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

Postgraduate Student

School of Physical Sciences

Faculty of Sciences


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.

  • 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.

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  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2017 - 2018 Member Member MRACI Post Graduate Student Australia
  • Position: Postgraduate Student
  • Email: kathryn.palasis@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4380
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: The Braggs, floor 1
  • Org Unit: Chemistry

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