Protein structure, function and engineering

Current Lab members

Karishma Patel

PhD Hons student with Joel. Bravely venturing across the Tasman for her PhD. Doubling the number of people in the lab who know what jandals are.

Prof. Joel Mackay

PI with longstanding interests in gene regulation, structural biology, statistics/data analysis, bike touring, rogaining, trail running – and cats.

Dr Ron Hill

Honorary Associate with a ton of experience (at CSIRO) in insect transcription factor structure and function – hoping to do some fundamental biochemistry and drug discovery.

Dr Mohammadreza Nassiri

Sabbatical visitor from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad in Iran – here to learn some protein structure and design in Joel’s lab.

Angela Nikolic

Our lab manager (the person who *really* runs the lab). Watch out if you aren’t wearing your lab coat!

Dr Jason Low

Postdoc in the Mackay lab – fresh from a PhD at UNSW with Prof. Marc Wilkins – continuing on a theme of gene regulatory proteins (with less yeast). Now with added baby!

Dr Ingrid MacIndoe

After BSc Hons with Joel, a PhD with Margie and a schoolteaching sabbatical in Japan, Ingrid is back (and blonder than before) to get a bit more cellular…but with a structural twist. Temporarily on hold while she creates a family!

Dr Ngaio Smith

PhD student with Jacqui. Tried to escape but is stuck with us for the time being!

Dr Chandrika Deshpande

Membrane protein crystallography afionado working with Joel on a collaboration with Prof Michael Kassiou to design new modulators of P2X proteins.

Maryam Sana

PhD student working with Joel. Has taken a little (but only a little!) time out to join the ranks of motherhood.

Charlotte Franck

Joint PhD student working with Richard Payne in Chemistry and Joel. Should become an expert in connecting proteins to peptides – and has the distinction of being our second Belgian lab member…

Jessica Zhong

PhD student working with Joel. Currently focused on beating nucleosomes into shape.

Paul Solomon

PhD student with Joel following on from TSP project. Wants to rebuild protein NMR data analysis from the bottom up – and fly planes.

Kim Woollett

PhD student with Joel who has
made the jump from membrane
proteins to transcription factors –
very sensible!

Xavier Reid

Previously known as “BSc Hons student working with Joel and Jason” – now promoted to PhD student!

Rezwan Siddiquee

Intern/Hons student/RA/web designer/Taylor’s other half. Truly a man for all seasons.

Natasha Jones

Research assistant working with Joel on a collaborative project with Alyson Ashe – on transgenerational epigenetic inheritance. Enjoyed her BSc Hons year with Joel and Ana and her undergrad project before that so much we couldn’t keep her away.

Angus Hawken

Undergraduate student with an interest in protein design and engineering – working with Jason on the new and exciting monobody project…

Eve Borbilas

Hons student working in Joel’s lab on transcription factor PTMs – ably supervised by Ingrid and Kim.

Aaron Misquitta

Undergraduate student digging into the mechanism of chromatin remodelling under Jessica’s watchful eye.

Nuren Tasneem

Intrepid MSc student working with Yu Heng Lau in Chemistry on the very cool encapsulin family of proteins and spending some time in Joel’s lab to flex her protein biochemistry muscles.

Thu Vu

Research Assistant with Jacqui