Lessene-Lab team

Lessene-Lab team

Lab team

Chemistry is an essential component of successful biomedical research. With a strong focus on medicinal chemistry and chemical biology, our lab strives to integrate multi-disciplinary approaches based on cohesive teams of researchers. To achieve this goal, we have strong collaborations with a number of institute divisions and all our projects are run as multidisciplinary collegial teams.

Brad Sleebs, Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, PhD LaTrobe
Development of small molecules for the treatment of malaria and HIV (in collaboration with Infection and Immunity Division)

Anderly Chueh, Postdoctoral Fellow, PhD Melbourne
Mechanism of action of novel anti-mitotic small molecules (in collaboration with Prof Tony Burgess and Dr Nadia Kershaw)

Christoph Grohmann, Postdoctoral Fellow, PhD Muenster, Germany
Development of novel anti-mitotic small molecules (in collaboration with Prof Tony Burgess and Dr Nadia Kershaw)

Nicholas Kirk, Postdoctoral Fellow, BMedChem(Hons) Wollongong PhD Wollongong

Romina Lessene, Postdoctoral Fellow, PhD Melbourne
Development of small molecules targeting the pro-apoptotic protein Bax (in collaboration with Dr Peter Czabotar)

Jeff Mitchell, Postdoctoral Fellow, BSc(Hons) Melbourne PhD Melbourne

William Nguyen, Postdoctoral Fellow, BMedChem Monash BMedChem(Hons) Monash PhD Monash 
Development of agents that reverse HIV-1 latency

Rachel Chambers, Research Assistant, BSc Wollongong

Wilco Kersten, Research Assistant
Development of small molecules inhibitors of necroptosis (in collaboration with Dr James Murphy and Assoc Prof John Silke)

Yelena Khakham, Research Assistant, BSc Hons Monash
Development of small molecules inhibitors of apoptosis (in collaboration with Profs Ben Kile and David Huang)

Lucy Li, Research Assistant, BBiotech(Hons) Monash

Michelle Gazdik, PhD Student BSc (Hons) LaTrobe
Development of inhibitors of the malaria transport protein plasmepsin V (in Dr Brad Sleebs’ team)

Kate McArthur, PhD Student, BSc Melbourne
Characterisation of novel non-apoptotic cell death pathways (in collaboration with Profs Ben Kile and Dr Mark van Delft).

Michael Roy, PhD Student, LLB Melbourne BSc(Hons) Melbourne
Development of small molecules targeting the Prosurvival protein Bcl-xL (in collaboration with Dr Peter Czabotar)

Catia Pierotti, UROP Student
Small molecule probes targeting the necroptotic pathway