Assoc Prof Tara Pukala
The University of Adelaide
AI Pukala has unique and diverse expertise in macromolecular structure determination, specialising in the application of native mass spectrometry (MS) to study challenging non- covalent protein and peptide assemblies not amenable to traditional structural biology approaches. She has published in animal physiology and evolution, membrane biology, protein structure and function, and MS method development, demonstrating her broad interdisciplinary impact. Through her involvement as President of the Australian & NZ Society for Mass Spectrometry (ANZSMS), and the proteomics and structural biology community, she bridges protein identification and higher-order structure and function investigation. AI Pukala will offer the Centre capabilities to facilitate protein and peptide structure analysis, from identification of covalent modification to determination of protein interactions to decode function.