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CIPPS Director receives the 2024 Emil Thomas Kaiser Award

Professor David Craik has been awarded the 2024 Emil Thomas Kaiser Award by The Protein Society.  The award recognizes a recent, highly significant contribuition to the application of chemistry in the...

Capacity Building Grant – Dr. Mahya Bahmani

Dr Mahya Bahmani a potdoctoral Fellow from the Colgrave Group  with CSIRO & Edith Cowan University, recently travelled to Brisbane for an inter-nodal exchange with the Craik Group.  Her Trip was...

Bugs, drugs and electric venom

Read the news article by Jackson Ryan, published in the Guardian (Sat 22 June 2024) on Andrew Walker and the King Group...

K’gari Field Report

Our researchers are unlocking the peptide universe of unique Australian animals and plants. Read the report from their recent trip to beautiful K'gari...

CIPPS Alumni Simon Tang

CIPPS Alumni Simon Tang completed his honours as a part of the Belov Group. In 2023 he received the University Medal (USyd) for his project – When Frogs Fight Back: Developing multi-omics...

2024 Fellows of The Australian Academy of Science announced

Professor Glenn King elected to the Fellowship of The Australian Academy of Science...

2023 Annual Report

Our 2023 Annual Report has been published that showcases many great stories and photos from our team. It’s exciting to read about so many highlights spanning the CIPPS Symposium 2023, the EMCR and PhD...

Excellence recognised!

Professor Lara Malins, a chief investigator at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Innovations in Peptide and Protein Science (CIPPS), and the ANU Research School of Chemistry...

Fresh Ideas Grants

Congratulations to the winners of our second round of Fresh Ideas Grants! The Fresh Ideas Grants (FIG) scheme is a competitive grant process open to all Centre Postdoctoral Research Fellows. It aims...

Capacity Building Grant – Yuhui Zhang

Yuhui Zhang a PhD student with the Craik Group recently travelled to visit the Jackson Group from the CIPPS ACT Node at the Australian National University in Canberra.  His trip was supported by a...

Conference Highlights – IPS2023 and CIPPS Symposium

Australia hosted this year's International Peptide Symposium at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, and CIPPS was a Platinum Sponsor for the event. It was a wonderful opportunity for us to...

Conference Highlights – OP2023

Dr Tom Hawtrey, Research Fellow from the New group, recently attended the 14th International Conference on Optical Probes and Organic Semiconductors and took the opportunity to visit Associate...

Capacity Building Grant – Izzy Palombi

Izzy Palombi, PhD student from the Malins group, recently travelled to The University of Queensland to work with Dr Nicole Lawrence in the Craik group to test peptide-drug conjugates on melanoma cell...

Conference Highlights: InSTEM 2023

CIPPS was proud to support the second inSTEM conference in Melbourne, an initiative of the STEM-based Australian Research Council Centres of Excellence. InSTEM is a networking and career development...

Capacity Building Grant – Jingyao You

Jingyao You a PhD student from the Joliffe Group at the University of Sydney, recently travelled to Brisbane for an inter-nodal exchange with the Craik Group.  Her Trip was supported by a CIPPS...

Questacon QLab Takeover

Following on from a small local session in National Science Week, a team of experienced CIPPS communicators from UQ, USyd and ANU travelled to Questacon on 28 November to run an interactive engagement...

Capacity Building Grant – Xinyun Jian

Dr Xinyun Jian, A Postdoctoral Researcher from the Challis and Cryle Group at Monash University, recently travelled to the United Kingdom to enhance collaborations and present her research at the 21st...

Capacity Building Grant – Dr. Chuan Huang

Dr Chuan Huang, A Postdoctoral Researcher from the Challis and Cryle Group at Monash University, recently travelled to the United Kingdom to work at Erebagen, a synthetic biology company spun out from...

Capacity Building Grant – Maria Hountondji

Maria Hountondji a PhD student form the Joliffe Group at the University of Sydney, recently travelled to Brisbane for an inter-nodal exchange with Dr. Sonia Henriques from University of Technology...

Innovation Excellence Awarded!

Congratulations to Professor Glenn King for receiving the 2023 Prime Minister's Prize for Innovation last night! Glenn was recognised for his pioneering work in discovering peptides from...

Cross nodal collaboration to treat symptoms of severe covid 

The global pandemic COVID-19, caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2, has caused millions of deaths worldwide. In the last few years, scientists have been working hard to develop treatments. While there was a...

New peptides that can travel through membranes unleashing the potential of peptide drugs

There is a growing interest in using peptides as drugs as they can often bind very strongly to targets, have low toxicity, and can influence certain biological processes in the body that traditional...

Scientists are better equipped to study diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Amyloid fibrils are formed when normally healthy and soluble proteins misfold and stick together to form species that cannot be broken down. It is well known that these structures cause toxicity that...

Production of Heparanase to enable the study of diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and COVID-19 ultimately aiding the design of new drugs

Proteins fold into a particular 3D shape which gives them a specific function in biological processes. Proteins misbehaving in these processes can lead to disease. By decoding the 3D shape of a...

An international collaboration shows the potential for oats

Oats are known to have excellent health benefits. They have a high protein content and can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as heart disease. Oats also have a low carbon footprint and...

Wasp-produced peptides – future biofriendly insecticides and anti-fungal treatments 

Parasitoid wasps are large group of wasps which rarely sting humans but can be ruthless towards other insects. As parasitoids, they lay their eggs on or in insect hosts. Their larvae feed on the host...

Investigating new treatments to protect koalas from severe disease

Australian koalas have recently been declared an endangered species following decimation of the population due to a long period of habitat destruction from devastating bushfires, land clearing, and...

Chemical synthesis of spider venom could change the way we treat stroke and heart attack

Heart attack and stroke are the leading causes of death worldwide, yet, remarkably, there are no therapeutics available to prevent the tissue injury caused by these life-threatening events. Both...

Evaluation of protein extraction methods for in-depth proteomic analysis of narrow-leafed lupin seeds

Protein is an essential component of the human diet, and sustainable sources are a key requirement for Australian food security. Recently, consumer interest in socially responsible products as well as...

Delivering peptide cargo into cells for advanced therapies

Many diseases are characterised by protein-protein interactions (PPIs) that occur within our cells. PPIs are often difficult to treat, as the large surface area of interaction between the proteins is...

Synthesising more complex peptides for a specific function

Nature not only affords insights into which peptides or proteins might be valuable to produce, but also give insightful clues about how to synthesise them. In nature, there are two main ways that...

Advancing NMR analysis techniques with genetically encoded markers

Studying the structure of proteins at a molecular level is challenging at the best of times and studying one specific portion of a protein is even harder.  Many chemists use a technique called Nuclear...

Conference highlights: CIPPS ECR/PhD Retreat

More than 100 CIPPS members gathered recently from across the country in the scenic Blue Mountains, 2-hours drive west of Sydney to share their science and connect under the theme of “Building our...

Capacity Building Grant – Kuok Yap

Kuok Yap, PhD student from the Craik group, recently travelled to the Australian National University to work with Professor Gottfried Otting and Dr Elwy Abdelkader Ali. His trip was supported by a...

Capacity Building Grant – Cebrina Nolan

Cebrina Nolan, PhD student from the King group, recently travelled to James Cook University to collect jellies and examine their venom. Her trip was supported by a CIPPS Capacity Building Grant. Read...

Young Science Ambassador – Max Harding

Max Harding is a young science ambassador for the Wonder of Science program in 2023. Read more:...

Young Science Ambassador – Himani Deepak Shah

Himani Shah is a young science ambassador for the Wonder of Science program in 2023. Read more:...

Young Science Ambassador – Deseh Gourdazi

Deseh Gourdazi is a young science ambassador for the Wonder of Science program in 2022. Read more about Deseh’s experience: CIPPS_ANNUAL_REPORT_2022_online...

Our Director appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia

Congratulations to our Centre Director, Professor David Craik, on his appointment as an Officer of the Order of Australia (OA) in the King's Birthday Honours. The citation recognises his...

Professor Rich Payne elected to the Australian Academy of Science

Prof Richard Payne FAA’s lab has developed a number of technologies for assembling large polypeptides and proteins by chemical synthesis, which are now used widely by researchers in academia and...

Latest Capacity Building Grants Announced

The CBG scheme is a competitive grant process open to PhD students and Postdoctoral Research Fellows to undertake cross-nodal travel to facilitate joint supervision/mentoring, internships with...

2022 Annual Report published

Our 2022 Annual Report has been published that showcases many great stories and photos from our team. Thanks also to CIPPS Research Fellow Dr Jeffrey Mak for designing this year's cover art...

2022 Annual Report

Our 2022 Annual Report has been published that showcases many great stories and photos from our team. Thanks also to CIPPS Research Fellow Dr Jeffrey Mak for designing this year’s cover art...

Perspective: Women in CIPPS

This month we have a very special edition of our regular highlights section. In celebration of International Day of Women and Girls in Science and International Women's Day, Junming has interviewed 11...

Conference Highlights: FBDDU DU 2022, OMC2022 and SCANZ 34

This month we are looking back at some of the great conferences that took place at the end of last year, FBDD DU 2022, OMC2022 and SCANZ 34. This highlight features CIPPS members at different career...

Professor Hiroaki Suga awarded 2023 Wolf Prize

CIPPS Partner Investigator Professor Hiroaki Suga, from The University of Tokyo, has been awarded the 2023 Wolf Prize for Chemistry. Professor Suga has been recognised for his ground-breaking work...

Conference Highlights: CIPPS 2022

For our final conference highlight of the year, we are reflecting on our very own CIPPS Annual Conference!...

Conference Highlights: EPS 2022

This month we are reflecting on the 36th European Peptide Symposium & 12th International Peptide Symposium which took place in Sitges, Spain in August this year...

Professor Michelle Colgrave, FTSE

CIPPS is thrilled that Chief Investigator Professor Michelle Colgrave has been elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE)! The ATSE is one of...

Conference Highlights: RACI 2022

This month we are reflecting on the RACI National Congress which took place in Brisbane last July. Held every 5 years, the congress is the one of the largest meetings of chemistry professionals in...

Our Fantastic Future Fellows!

Congratulations to CIPPS research fellow Dr Conan Wang (UQ) and Associate Investigator Dr Christoph Nitsche (ANU) who were awarded ARC Future Fellowship grants this week. Conan will receive $840,000...

Conference Highlights: The Australian Peptide Conference 2022

With a number of CIPPS members now travelling internationally for conferences, we have taken a moment to reflect on some of the fantastic meetings that were held in Australia earlier this year. The...

Celebrating Science Week

The great spectacle that was National Science Week is officially over. We have packed away our banners and games and are now left only with the fun memories from our awesome events! It was a very busy...

Blast-off for CIPPS!

On Monday August 21st, CIPPS had the great privilege of being launched officially by Senator the Hon Anthony Chisholm, Senator for Queensland, Assistant Minister for Education, Assistant Minister for...

Conference Highlights: inSTEM 2022

An interview with Dr Rebecca Frkic, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Research School of Chemistry at The Australian National University. Written by Junming He. In late July Rebecca  attended the...

Spotlight on: Cassidy Whitefield

Cassidy Whitefield is a PhD candidate working at the ANU under the supervision of Professor Colin Jackson. Cassidy grew up in Goulburn and Canberra and completed a BSc. (Hons) at the Australian...

Recognised by RACI

Two of our Sydney-based CIPPS members have been recognised by the Medicinal Chemistry & Chemical Biology (MCCB) Division of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI). CI Professor Liz New has...

CIPPS in the Academy

Professor Kathy Belov AO from The University of Sydney has been elected as a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. President of the Australian Academy of Science, Professor Chennupati Jagadish...

Celebrating success at the APC and Solid Phase Meeting!

Two major peptide conferences were held on the Gold Coast this week, the Solid Phase Peptide Synthesis Meeting and the 14th Australian Peptide Conference (APC). With a number of international guests...

Liversidge Lecture

Our deputy-director Professor Richard Payne was awarded the prestigious Liversidge Lecture from the Royal Society of NSW in 2020. After delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rich was finally able to...

2021 Annual Report published

Our 2021 Annual Report has been published that showcases many great stories and photos from our team. Thanks also to CIPPS Research Fellow Dr Aline Dantas de Araujo for designing our stunning cover...

CIPPS2022 Research Retreat is a wrap

What a wonderful and productive few days! 24 thought provoking talks from our CIs and postdocs; professional development and portfolio sessions; over 40 student and ECR posters; and heaps of informal...

FameLab Success!

Dr Samantha Nixon, one of our Research Fellows from the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, has recently been chosen as the runner-up in the FameLab International 2021 science communication...

Lifetime achievement in genetics research

Professor Kathy Belov has been awarded the MJD White Medal by the Genetics Society of Australasia for excellence and a lifetime achievement in genetics research. Kathy and her team have been leading...

For he’s a jolly good Fellow!

…and so say all of us! CIPPS is delighted that our Director, Professor David Craik FAA FRS, has been elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society – the world's oldest and...

Dr Lara Malins awarded 2021 Westpac Research Fellowship

Dr Lara Malins, has been awarded a prestigious Westpac Research Fellowship to support her research into the development of new antibiotic drug leads to help overcome antibiotic resistant bacteria. She...

Profiling a killer

Prof Glenn King, co-leader of our Discover theme, and his team are on the hunt to unravel the toxin arsenals of iconic Australian killers the box and Irukandji jellyfish. Sequencing the genomes of...

Prof Rich Payne awarded 2020 Liversidge Lecture

The Liversidge Lecture for 2020 was awarded to Professor Richard Payne FRSN FRACI FRSC of the School of Chemistry of the University of Sydney. Professor Payne’s research focusses on the development of...

Prof Michelle Colgrave wins 2020 ICM Agrifood Award

Professor Michelle Colgrave has won the 2020 ICM Agrifood Award from the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) at their annual ATSE Innovation and Excellence Awards. This award...

Anti-inflammatory proteins from ticks

What’s one good thing about ticks? That question may not seem to have a logical answer, but Charlotte Franck and Professor Richard Payne’s research may transform tick saliva into novel...

2020 Fellows of the Academy of Science announced

Congratulations to Professor Kate Jolliffe FAA on election to the Australian Academy of Science for her world-leading contributions to organic synthesis, anion recognition and molecular self-assembly...

CIPPS’ First Workshop

The first CIPPS workshop took place on the 18th and 19th of February 2020 in Brisbane. The workshop was attended by nearly all the lab heads of CIPPS, which is not a small feat considering that...

The ARC Centre of Excellence is Funded!!

On Friday 25th of October 2019, the Australian Research Council announced that our centre was awarded funding for seven years as the ARC Centre of Excellence for Innovations in Peptide and Protein...

Circular peptides featured on theconversation.com

In a recent article on theconversation.com, two scientists working under CIPPS director Professor David Craik explain how circular peptides called cyclotides were initially discovered, why their...

Tuberculosis drug breakthrough on the horizon.

Scientists from the Australian National University under the lead of CIPPS researcher Professor Colin Jackson have made a major breakthrough that could eventually lead to better treatment for...

Major breakthrough in Antibiotic research

A team under the lead of CIPPS researcher Max Cryle have discovered how a crucial step in the biosynthesis of ‘last-resort’ antibiotics occurs. Their breakthrough discovery led to two publications in...

Stroke drug lead under development

Professor Glenn King of the University of Queensland is developing a new drug that could safe many lives and improve the outcome of strokes. The drug is derived from spider venom of a local Australian...

CIPPS scientists discover blood vessel relaxing molecule

As part of an international team, CIPPS scientist Richard Payne and his staff have discovered a new molecule that relaxes blood vessels. The team has published their findings in the prestigious...

CIPPS researchers named on Periodic Table of younger chemists

It has been 150 years since the periodic table of elements has been first created and to celebrate this breakthrough in chemistry, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has...

Scientists crack the genetic code of koalas

An international team scientists – including CIPPS researcher Katherine Belov – have successfully sequenced the full koala genome. A total of 54 scientists from 29 different institutions across seven...