Invited Speakers


Dr Sheena McGowan (Monash University)

 Retargeting enzybiotics: Engineering phage endolysin specificity using directed evolution


Dr Colin Scott (CSIRO)

 Engineered enzymes that retain and regenerate their cofactors enable continuous-flow biocatalysis


Dr Nan Sook Hong (Australian National University)

 Computational design a stabilized version of human heparanase for heterologous expression in E. coli


Assoc. Prof. Max Cryle (Monash University)

 Modularising the peptide assembly line from teicoplanin biosynthesis


Prof. Kirill Alexandrov (Queensland University of Technology)

 Synthetic protein allostericity for fun and profit


Prof. Adam Perriman (University of Bristol, UK)

 The rational design of artificial membrane binding proteins for regenerative medicine

Dr Tifany Oulavallickal (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)

Better RNA Ligation for miRNA Sequencing

Dr Toby Passioura

Cyclic peptide mRNA display screening: rapid identification of high affinity ligands to protein targets

Dr. Laura Navone

Insights into protein production bottlenecks in Pichia pastoris: complexity of expressing thermostable phytases

Emilia Marijanovic

Enhancing the biophysical properties of a1-antitrypsin

Prof. Claudia Vickers (CSIRO and University of Queensland)

Synthetic biology flux control tools for metabolic engineering: Isoprenoids as a model system

Dr Laura Navone (University of Queensland)

Insights into protein production bottlenecks in Pichia pastoris: complexity of expressing thermostable phytases

Dr Adele Lehane (Australian National University)

Characterising wild-type and mutant isoforms of Plasmodium falciparum membrane ATPases in their native lipid environment

Dr Hafna Ahmed (CSIRO)

Large-scale heterologous expression and purification of circRNA aptamers from Escherichia coli

Other APEM speakers (titles to be announced):

Prof. Elizabeth Gillam (University of Queensland)


Pinak Chakrabarti (Bose Institute, Kolkata, India)

Newly identified weak interactions in proteins - some could turn out to be destabilizing

Roberto A. Chica ( University of Ottawa, Canada)

Rational design of protein energy landscapes

Jean-Francois Couture (University of Ottawa, Canada)

A mono-valent zinc finger on Cfp1 regulates epigenetic signaling


Adele Di Matteo (Institute of Molecular Biology and Pathology, Italy)

Exploring nucleophosmin interactions for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia

Shang-Te Danny Hsu (Institute of Biological Chemistry, Taiwan)

Topological contributions of knotted elements in protein folding and functions

Andrea C. Kneuttinger (University of Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany)

Light control of enzymatic activity and allostery

Giuseppe Manco (Institute of Protein Biochemistry, Naples)

Thermostable biocatalysts as tools to detect and inactivate nerve agents

Alberto Mareno (Instituto de Biomedicina de Valencia (IBV-CSIC) and CIBER de Enfermedades Raras (CIBERER), Spain)

MicroTwitter: Social networks in the microbial world

Frans A. A. Mulder (Aarhus University,  Denmark)

Probing the contribution of configurational entropy to protein stability

Javier Sancho (University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain)

Protposer: a server that proposes protein stabilizing mutations

Gideon Schreiber (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)

Anomalous diffusion and binding of drugs and protein in crowded solutions

Jianxing Song (National University of Singapore, Singapore)

ATP emerged to modulate liquid-liquid phase separation (LLPS), inhibit fibrillation and enhance protein folding/stability

Allan Svendsen (Novozymes A/S, Bagsvaerd, Denmark)

Natural inhibitor with impact on lipase function – engineering surface activity