Nicholas Schumann

Nicholas Schumann

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Physical Sciences

Faculty of Sciences


Nicholas graduated from a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) with a Double Major in Chemistry at the University of Adelaide in 2015. He then completed a M.Philosophy in Chemistry at the University of Adelaide in 2017 under the supervision of Professor Andrew Abell, with a thesis titled "Inhibition of Serine and Cysteine Proteases by Peptidomimetic Inhibitors" for which he was awarded the Dean's Commendation for Master by Research Thesis Excellence award. Nicholas is currently undertaking a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Adelaide under the supervision of Professor Andrew Abell. His work focuses on the development of small molecules which target proteins essential for the growth and virulence of pathogenic microbes. Nicholas is a member of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale Biophotonics (CNBP) and the Institute for Photonics & Advanced Sensing (IPAS).

My research involves an international collaborative effort for the identification and development of small molecules for treating diseases associated with pathogenic microbes. I predominately work on the design and synthesis of such molecules, with the aim of developing compounds which are both highly potent and selective towards enzymes of interest.

Nicholas has demonstrated undergraduate chemistry practicals for both first year and second year students.


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