CNBP welcomes its latest PhD candidate Yuan Qi Yeoh who is working on controlling the structure and activity of an antimicrobial peptide using an azobenzene photoswitch.
Supervised by CNBP Chief Investigator Prof Andrew Abell at the University of Adelaide, Yuan Qi will design and synthesise peptides that mimic Gramicidin S, incorporating azobenzene to turn antimicrobial activity on and off when desired.
Tested will be the effectiveness of the synthetic peptidomimetics by biological assays against S. aureus and E. coli – this recognising the structure-activity relationship of the synthetic peptidomimetics against bacteria.
Previously, Yuan Qi completed an Honours Degree at the University of Adelaide under the guidance of Prof Abell with her thesis titled, “Controlling the Conformation of a Modified Gramicidin S Cyclic Peptidomimetic with an Azobenzene Photoswitch.”
She has also participated in summer research (synthesising an azobenzene photoswitch) supervised by both Prof. Andrew Abell and CNBP Research Fellow Dr. Jingxian Yu.
Welcome to the CNBP team Yuan Qi!