Researcher biography

My research interests are centred around molecular evolution within the arthropods, and the development of arthropod-derived biomolecules for technology and medicine. Currently I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in the King laboratory in the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, where I am part of a team working on venom peptide inhibitors of voltage-gated sodium channels, particularly NaV1.7 (see Research Interests for more information on this topic). My contribution to the team involves the discovery of novel NaV1.7 inhibitors from insect venoms, and the development of bivalent NaV1.7 inhibitors by peptide conjugation.

Apart from venoms my chief interest is in silk proteins. My doctoral studies (administered jointly by the Australian National University and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) focussed on the discovery of novel insect silk proteins, silk protein structure and function, and the application of silk proteins for producing advanced biomimetic materials.