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Esteemed chemist joins MIPS

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24 April 2012

Professor Jonathan Baell
Professor Jonathan Baell

Leading Australian medicinal chemist and new Larkins Fellow, Professor Jonathan Baell, has joined the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS).

Professor Baell, who was recently awarded the NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship, will bring a large number of well-funded drug discovery programs to MIPS.

“I have a range of research interests including the discovery of new anti-parasitic compounds for the treatment of malaria and neglected diseases, the design and synthesis of peptidomimetics and the development of selection criteria for quality high-throughput screening.” Professor Baell said.

Before his appointment to the University, Professor Baell was based at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute where he played a central role in establishing and leading a first class medicinal chemistry group.

Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Professor Bill Charman, said he was delighted to have a professor with such an outstanding track record of cutting-edge research join MIPS.

“This appointment will play a key role in the establishment of the Translational Medicinal Chemistry Facility at our Parkville campus and make important contributions to the medicinal chemistry aspects of the recently announced drug discovery collaboration with Servier Laboratories,” Professor Charman said.

“Professor Baell and his research team will further add to the critical mass of the MIPS Medicinal Chemistry theme which will assist us in attracting the highest quality research fellows and postgraduate students.”

The Larkins Fellowship program aims to allow high-performing, early-to-mid career researchers to expand their research capabilities at the University.