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Research Biography

Justin M. Chalker earned a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.A. in the History and Philosophy of Science at The University of Pittsburgh in 2006. At Pittsburgh, he contributed to the total synthesis of several natural products under the direction of Theodore Cohen. Supported by a Rhodes Scholarship and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Justin then completed his D.Phil. at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Benjamin Davis where he developed several tools for the site-selective modification of proteins. In 2012, Justin started his independent career as an assistant professor at The University of Tulsa where he established a diverse research program in organic chemistry, biochemistry and material science. In 2015, Justin moved to Flinders University as a Lecturer in Synthetic Chemistry and recipient of an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award. Justin has been recognised with several accolades for his efforts in teaching and research including the 2016 Tall Poppy of the Year for South Australia, the 2017 Dream Chemistry Award Finalist (1 of 5 globally), Eureka Prize Finalist for Outstanding Early Career Researcher (2018), SA Science Excellence Awards STEM Educator of the Year (2018) and the AMP Tomorrow Maker Award (2018). In 2017, Justin was promoted to Senior Lecturer and Research Leader in the Institute for NanoScale Science and Technology at Flinders University.

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Research in our laboratory falls under the general purview of organic chemistry and its application to problems in chemical synthesis, chemical biology, and material science. One goal in our lab is to design reactions, reagents, and catalysts that streamline the synthesis of valuable materials such as pharmaceuticals and polymers. These efforts are closely linked to our commitment to develop sustainable and environmentally benign chemistry. A second goal in our laboratory is to invent chemical tools that are useful in the interrogation of biological systems. This research provides insight to fundamental biomolecular processes and also provides a foundation for novel therapeutic and diagnostic strategies. Prospective Ph.D. and Honours students are encouraged to contact Dr Chalker directly.

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Research Areas

  • Chemistry

Supervisory Interests

  • Organic chemistry
  • Organic synthesis
  • Sustainable chemistry
  • Chemical biology
  • Functional materials
  • Catalysis
  • Polymers
  • Protein chemistry
  • Green chemistry


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