Prof Richard Payne wins 2015 Emerging Investigator Lectureship

"It is a real honour to be awarded the MedChemComm Emerging Investigator Lectureship. I look forward to sharing some of our latest results at a conference later this year." Richard Payne, on winning the Lectureship

Congratulations to Professor Richard Payne from University of Sydney, Australia, the recipient of the 2015 MedChemComm Emerging Investigator Lectureship.

The annual MedChemComm Emerging Investigator Lectureship is given to a researcher who has made a significant contribution to medicinal chemistry research in the early part of their career. Nominations are received from members of the public and the recipient is chosen by a committee formed of members of the Editorial Board.

Richard will be presenting his lectureship at a conference of his choosing later this year.

About Richard

Richard Payne was born in Christchurch, New Zealand. He graduated from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand in 2002. In 2003 he was awarded a Gates Scholarship to undertake his PhD at the University of Cambridge, where he graduated with a PhD in 2006. After 18 months as a Lindemann Fellow at The Scripps Research Institute (La Jolla) he began his independent career (in January 2008) as a Lecturer in Organic Chemistry and Chemical Biology at The University of Sydney. Since 2015 he has been a Professor of Organic Chemistry and Chemical Biology and Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the University of Sydney.

Professor Payne’s research focusses on utilising the power of synthetic organic chemistry to interrogate biological systems and address problems of medical significance. He has made significant breakthroughs in the development of new methods for the chemical synthesis of biologically active modified proteins and in the discovery of novel lead compounds in the area of tuberculosis and malaria drug discovery.

As a result of his research endeavours he has been the recipient of several prestigious national awards including the Biota Medal in Medicinal Chemistry (2008), the Rennie Memorial Medal (2012), the Athel Beckwith Lectureship (2013), the Tregear Award for Peptide Science (2013), an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (2013), the Le Févre Memorial Prize from the Australian Academy of Science, and now the 2015 MedChemComm Emerging Investigator Lectureship.

Some of Richard’s recent publications

Synthesis and evaluation of phenoxymethylbenzamide analogues as anti-trypanosomal agents
Med. Chem. Commun., DOI: 10.1039/C4MD00406J, Concise Article
From themed issue New Talent: Asia-Pacific

Phosphate modulates receptor sulfotyrosine recognition by the chemokine monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1/CCL2)
Org. Biomol. Chem. DOI: 10.1039/C4OB02262A, Paper

Synthesis and immunological evaluation of self-adjuvanting MUC1-macrophage activating lipopeptide 2 conjugate vaccine candidates
Chem. Commun., DOI: 10.1039/C4CC03510K, Communication

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