We work at the interface of chemistry and biology, with a strong passion for translational research. Our interests lie in neuropeptides and the exploration of nature's diversity to develop advanced molecular probes, diagnostics and therapeutics. We use chemistry, molecular biology, and pharmacology to study the interactions of these highly potent and selective molecules with human physiology, with therapeutic applications in gastrointestinal disorders, neuropathic pain, autism, breast cancer and neurodegenerative disorders.

Traineeships, honours and PhD projects include

  • The therapeutic potential of oxytocin in autism and breast cancer
  • Molecular probe development to study memory formation
  • Venom peptide drug discovery
  • Therapeutic peptide dendrimers
  • Development of novel and innovative peptide chemistry strategies
  • Study of bioactive peptides in human breast milk
  • Therapeutic lead development for the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders

Project members

Project Supervisor

Dr Markus Muttenthaler

IMB Industry Fellow
Senior Research Fellow
Institute for Molecular Bioscience