About the lab

Our lab focus is chemical biology and drug discovery.

Our laboratory applies chemical biology and medical chemistry techniques to investigate and better understand biological processes that cause disease progression. Our goal is to translate the basic understanding of biological mechanisms into new therapeutics to treat cancers and infectious diseases, such as malaria.

Laboratory Alumni
Trent Ashton, Senior Research Officer
Lemoni Japhary, Undergraduate Student
Lydia Scott, Research Officer
Santhya Vasanthan, Undergraduate Student
Serena Lee, Undergraduate Student
Hao Chen, PhD Student
Brodie Bailey, PhD Student
Xingpeng Wang, Undergraduate Student
Lars Cullinane Stevens, Research Assistant
Lachie Richardson, Hons Student
Bethany Davey, Masters Student
Luke Williams, Undergraduate Student
Line Jespersen, Masters Student
Michelle Gazdik, PhD Student
Ranit Lahmy, Hons Student
Richard Bestel de Lezongard, Hons Student
Rachel Chambers, Research Assistant
Adrian DiRago, Undergraduate Student

Our mission

We enable the creation of targeted molecular tools to understand mechanisms that cause cancer and infectious disease en route to developing transformative therapeutics for the benefit of all.


Our laboratory has created novel targeted molecular tools that have been used to uncover mechanisms that have essential roles in the pathogenesis of cancer and infectious disease. Translationally, we have applied this fundamental research to the development of transformative treatments for cancer and infectious disease.


Members of the Sleebs Lab bowling
Above: A memorable and fun end of 2022 outing

Lab research projects

Lab team

Our laboratory has a strong focus on chemical biology and early-stage drug discovery. We integrate an array of multi-disciplinary approaches at the interface of biology and chemistry. Our team collaborates closely with other labs at our institute and industry partners targeting infectious diseases and cancer.

12 members
Qingmiao Zhou
Visiting International Honours Student
Harrison Shanley
Visiting PhD Student
Wenyin Su
PhD Student
Research Officer
Research Officer
Kyle Awalt
Research Officer
Research Officer
Iain Currie
Research Officer
Dr Nghi Nguyen
Senior Research Officer
Research Officer
Senior Research Officer
Interested in supporting our research?

Your support will help WEHI’s researchers make discoveries and find treatments to ensure healthier, longer lives for you and your loved ones.

Contact our friendly team to find out how you can help.