Molecules That Block and Sense


For a number of years we have been interested in the synthesis of bioactive compounds with potential therapeutic benefits as well as the development of luminescent lanthanide complexes for a range of applications. This talk will discuss our recent results in these two areas.

Speaker's Profile:

Kellie Tuck completed her PhD studies at the University of Adelaide in the field of asymmetric synthesis. After completing her PhD studies, she completed post-docs at the University of South Australia in the School of Pharmacy followed by University of Cambridge, which included her being a teaching associate of King’s College Cambridge. In 2004, she returned to Australia to take up a teaching and research position at Monash University, and promoted to Associate Professor in 2018. She has recently been awarded the Faculty of Science Excellence in Postgraduate Research Supervision Award (2018), the OLT (Office of Learning and Teaching) Citation award (2012), Vice-Chancellor Teaching award (2011), Dean's Excellence in Teaching award (2009). She was the postgraduate coordinator in the School of Chemistry from 2014-2016 and is currently the associate head education. Her research focuses predominantly on the synthesis of bioactive compounds (including peptidomimetics and natural products) with potential therapeutic applications, as well as the development of luminescent sensors for environmentally and biologically relevant species.