Researcher biography

Dr Mobli is a Group Leader at the UQ Centre for Advanced Imaging, where he leads a biomolecular NMR group. He has affiliate appointments at the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences as well as the Institute for Molecular Bioscience. He is an expert in the field of NMR spectroscopy where he has made significant contributions in method development as well as addressing important chemical and biological questions.

He started his career as a chemical engineer at Chalmers University in his native Sweden, before moving to the University of Liverpool where he completed his doctoral studies in physical organic chemistry. During his PhD he developed a framework for predicting the NMR spectrum of small organic molecules. He continued his training in NMR spectroscopy as a post doctoral fellow at the University of Connecticut where he worked in the emerging field of stochastic data acquisition and non-Fourier processing of multidimensional NMR spectra of biomolecules, an area where he continues to make significant contributions.

After a brief stint exploring the structure and dynamics of carbohydrates at the University of Manchester he moved to Australia where he has since 2008 been working on the structural biology of peptides and proteins. His interests lie in understanding how biomolecules engage with their ligands or receptors, be they small molecules, membranes or integral membrane proteins. This research is driven by the development of advanced biochemical and biophysical methods to overcome existing limitations in structural studies by NMR spectroscopy. He was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship in 2011 to establish an independent laboratory and has to date attracted >$6M in research support. His work was recognised with the award of the Lorne Proteins Young Investigator Award in 2010 and the Sir Paul Callaghan Medal in 2013 by the Australia and New Zealand Society for Magnetic Resonance.