School of Chemical Sciences


Biological Chemistry


Associate Professor Bob Anderson


Associate Professor Bob Anderson

Associate Professor Bob Anderson's  Free Radical Research (FRR) Group, based in the School of Chemical Sciences, collaborates closely with the Medicinal Chemistry Group and the Experimental Oncology Group at the Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre. A variety of projects are undertaken with the common aim to develop improved therapeutic drugs against disease, based on an in depth understanding of the underlying radical mechanisms. While radical reactions are often deleterious to normal cells in the body, they can offer a means to attack certain diseases such as cancer. 

Dr Duncan McGillivray


Dr Duncan McGillivray

Dr Duncan McGillivray's research involves looking at the surface structures of biological systems using surface sensitive methods, particularly neutron and X-ray scattering. The recent commissioning of the OPAL research nuclear reactor in Sydney, and the opening of the Australian Synchrotron X-ray source in Melbourne, provide world-class facilities within My research involves looking at the surface structures of biological systems using surface sensitive methods, particularly neutron and X-ray scattering. The recent commissioning of the OPAL research nuclear reactor in Sydney, and the opening of the Australian Synchrotron X-ray source in Melbourne, provide world-class facilities.

Dr Ivanhoe Leung


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The research of the Leung Group lies broadly at the interface between chemistry and biology with a focus on understanding the chemical and biophysical basis of protein functions, and their links to the proteins’ biological roles. We use a variety of techniques, including chemistry, enzymology, molecular biology and biophysical methods (in particular, solution-state NMR spectroscopy) to solve different problems in chemical biology. Our research is multidisciplinary, and we collaborate closely with a number of research groups from the Schools of Chemical and Biological Sciences.