Associate Professor, Chemistry
My main research interest is in marine natural products chemistry; the isolated in structural elucidation of novel compounds of pharmaceutical interest from marine organisms. New Zealand marine sponges are a particular interest, and my research group has isolated several biologically active metabolites from several species including peloruside which is currently being investigated by a multi-disciplinary team of scientist in New Zealand and overseas as a potential anti-cancer agent. We are also currently investigating holothurians (sea cucumbers), nudibranchs (sea slugs) and marine macroalgae. I am more generally interested in the use of high field and multi-dimensional NMR spectroscopy as a tool to investigate structural problems in chemistry.