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Expert in molecular modelling, QSAR, drug design, cytokine mimics, complex systems, nanotechnology, biomaterials, machine learning, AI, evolutionary methods

Expert ID: 729856 Australia

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Expert has a PhD in radioastronomy and microwave spectroscopy and degrees in chemistry, chemical engineering, and physics. He is boundary-crossing, multi-skilled lateral thinker with unusually broad, highly relevant formal academic training in physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, and mathematics. He has developed strong scientific capabilities that allow him to find novel solutions to complex problems. He focuses strongly on fundamental science that can be translated into tangible impact.

He has published over 250 research papers (e.g. Chemical Reviews, Nature Materials, Angewandte Chemie, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA, Advanced Materials) and book chapters, almost 60 research and client reports, is an inventor on 25 patents. His current H-index is 39 and i10 index (number of papers with >10 citations) is 16. He is President of a chemical societies association, has several editorial board appointments on high impact journals. Expert is the recipient a diverse International awards and honors including the Herman Skolnik award from the American Chemical Society (informatics), the Adrien Albert award of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (medicinal chemistry), the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK) Distinguished Fellowship (bioengineering), and the CRC for Polymers Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Commercialization (drug design). An important aspect of his research has involved dissecting the quantitative structure-activity method and rebuilding it with modern mathematical and artificial intelligence methods and adapting evolutionary methods to design of bio-active molecules and materials for diagnostics, therapeutics, and regeneration. Some of the technology arising from this was licensed to Bio-RAD Corporation. He was a foundation member the complex systems science group established and published seminal cited papers in this field. His most recent work involves modelling the interactions of materials with biology, particular the ability of materials surface chemistry, physicochemical properties and topographies to modulate cell attachment, proliferation and differentiation, and the design of small molecule and peptides to modulate protein-protein interactions as drug leads.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1980 Degree: PhD Subject: Chemical physics Institution: Monash University
Year: 1975 Degree: BAppSci Subject: Physics Institution: RMIT
Year: 1973 Degree: BSc Subject: Chemistry and Chenical Engineering Institution: Monash Yniversity

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2017 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Professor Department: Chemistry & Physics Responsibilities: Research into molecular basis of molecule and materials interactions with biology, translation of basic research to the market, fostering multidisciplinary and international collaborations
Years: 2015 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Visiting Professor Department: Pharmacy Responsibilities: Use of AI and machine learning to model properties of biomaterials and design materials with improve properties for therapeutic and regenerative medicine. Develop new mathematical descriptors for topographical biomaterials and complexity measures for additive manufactured objects
Years: 2019 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Fellow Department: Evolutionary robotics Responsibilities: Use of machine learning and evolutionary methods to exemplify multilevel evolution of robots where materials, components, morphology and controllers of robots are evolved together to optimise fitness for task and operational environment.
Years: 2003 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Adjunct Professor Department: Pharmacy Responsibilities: Research into molecular design of drugs and application of AI and machine learning the drug design and development, regenerative medicine and biomaterials.
Years: 1983 to 2012 Employer: CSIRO Division of Molecular Science Title: Senior Principal Research Scientist Department: Materials Science and Engineering Responsibilities: Scientific research into drugs for blood cancers, benign corrosion inhibitors, biomaterials for implantable and indwelling medical devices, computational toxicology of nanomaterials, bioactive agents for agricultural, veterinary, and human health applications, use of machine learning and AI to probe materials-biology interactions

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2010 to 2010 Agency: NICNAS Role: QSAR expert working group Description:
Years: 2008 to 2008 Agency: Australian Givernment Role: Revision of chemistry research categories Description:
Years: 1982 to 1983 Agency: Defence Role: Senior Research Scientist Description: Scientific research

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2009 to 2010 Country / Region: North America Summary: Newton Turner Fellowship for Exceptional Senior Scientists
Years: 1998 to 1998 Country / Region: UK Summary: Australian Academy of Science traveling fellowship to Oxford University
Years: 1988 to 1988 Country / Region: Japan Summary: Australian Academy of Science traveling fellowship to Kyoto University

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
RACI, past Chairman of the Board
AFMC, past President
STA, Board Member
Licenses / Certifications
Professional Appointments
Editorial Boards of ChemMedChem and BMC Buophysics
Hon. Gen Secretary RACI Board
Federation of Asian Chemical Societies
Association of Molecular Modellers of Australia
Science & Technology Australia, Ordinary member of STA Executive.
Member of NH&MRC Career Development Fellowship Panel
Member of management committee for COST Action MODENA (computational nanotoxicology)
Member of IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) expert working group on nomenclature for computational drug design
Member of NICNAS Working Group on Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) legislation
Member, Australian Academy of Science, National Committee for Chemistry
Member of NICNAS Human Health Expert Working Group (HHEWG) on QSAR
Science and Technology Australia (STA) Board (Chemistry Cluster representative)
Member: UIPAC Update of Glossary Terms used in Computational Drug Design
Asian Federation for Medicinal Chemistry
Coordinated revision of Chemical Science for the ABS new Australian Standard Research Classification (ASRC)
Malvern Memorial Grammar School Board
Australian representative on international planning committee, Pacifichem congress.
CSIRO Complex Systems Science emerging science area (now CSIRO Complex Systems Science Theme)
Adjunct Professor, Monash University; Australian representative Molecular Graphics and Modelling Society committee
Board of Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI)
Australian representative on the executive of the Asian Federation for Medicinal Chemistry
Board member, International QSAR and Modelling Society
Medicinal Chemistry Project (UNESCO/FACS)
Reference group, Victorian Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Centre, Alfred Hospital
Trustee, Chemical Structure Association Trust
Asian Federation for Medicinal Chemistry
RACI Division of Biomolecular Chemistry (previously Medicinal and Agricultural Chemistry)
DISR Delegate to Australia-Malaysia Bilateral Biotechnology Workshop & Senior Officials Meeting, Kuala Lumpur.
Asian Chemical Information Network (UNESCO/FACS)
Foundation Member, Molecular Design Society
Committee member, RACI Medicinal & Agricultural Chemistry Division
Secretary, RACI Division of Medicinal & Agricultural Chemistry
Foundation Treasurer, RACI Medicinal and Agricultural Chemistry Group
Awards / Recognition
Scholarships,fellowships, and awards:
American Chemical Society Herman Skolnik award for outstanding contributions to and achievements in the theory and practice of chemical information science and related disciplines.
CRC for Polymers Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Commercialization for myelofibrosis drug
Royal Academy of Engineering, Distinguished Fellowship (UK)
Fellow, Asian Federation for Medicinal Chemistry
Senior Scientists
CSIRO Service from Science Award for successful technology transfer to the BioRad Corporation
CSIRO SAP Award for Business Excellence
CSIRO “One-CSIRO” Award for multidisciplinary research
CSIRO Medal for Business Excellence for the research Alliance with Schering Plough Animal Health
CSIRO SAP Award for Business Excellence
DIST Travelling Fellowship (Prof. Graham Richards, Oxford University).
Fellow, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
Australian Academy of Science /Academia Sinica Fellowship
Australian Academy of Science/JSPS Fellowship (Prof. Toshio, Fujita, Kyoto University)
General Motors Holden Postgraduate Fellowship
Commonwealth Postgraduate Research Award
Victorian Government Science Cadetship
Commonwealth University Scholarship
Publications and Patents Summary
Published over 200 papers, book chapters and patents

Reviewers for:
Nature Communications
Nature Nanotechnology
Nature Scientific Reports
Chemical Communications
Australian Journal of Chemistry
Journal of the American Chemical Society
Journal of Chemical Information and Modelling
Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Journal of Peptide Science
Internet Journal of Chemistry
Journal of Computational Chemistry
Australian Research Council
National Health & Medical Research Council
NH&MRC Career Development Fellowship panel (2013-)
Molecular Informatics
CRC Press
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Journal of Molecular Graphics and Modelling
Current Pharmaceutical Design
Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Central European Journal of Chemistry
Angewandte Chemie
Artificial Life
Chemical Engineering Science
Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery
The Open Informatics Journal
Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
Selection panel for IUPAC Richter Prize–Medicinal Chemistry
Selection Panel for Jacques Dubois CSA Trust Prize
Selection panel for Hope Foundation (Nobel Prize mentoring of ECRs)
Selection Panel for Lindau Fellowships (Nobel Prize mentoring of ECRs)

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Language Skills

Language Proficiency
French Basic proficiency

Fields of Expertise

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