Plenary Speakers

Adriaan Bax

Adriaan (Ad) Bax was born in 1956, in The Netherlands and became a US citizen in 1999.  His Ph.D. thesis was reprinted in book format and for many years served as a popular text, introducing students to the application of two-dimensional NMR in chemistry. Bax joined NIH in 1983, where he has been working on the development and application of a wide variety of advanced multi-dimensional NMR techniques to problems of biochemical and biomedical interest.  His group spearheaded the introduction of triple resonance NMR spectroscopy of 13C/15N-enriched proteins, developed the now standard joint analysis of 15N R1, R2, and NOE for characterizing protein backbone dynamics, and introduced the first methods for weakly aligning proteins in a magnetic field by the use of liquid crystals.  Bax’s work has been recognized by numerous awards, including the 2018 Welch Award in Chemistry. In 2002, he was elected to both the National Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Joel Garbow

Dr. Joel Garbow is Professor of Radiology, Washington University in St. Louis, and is Associate Director of Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology’s Biomedical Magnetic Resonance Laboratory (BMRL). Garbow received his PhD in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, working in the laboratory of Professor Alexander Pines. Before joining Washington University in 2000, he spent more than 15 years at Monsanto Company, rising to the rank of Science Fellow and head of Monsanto’s MR laboratories. With more than 40 years of experience in magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy, Garbow is well-recognized and respected for his work in magnetic resonance as applied to intact biological systems. Garbow’s research interests include the development and application of novel MR methodologies for the study of cancer and radiation-induced brain injury in pre-clinical, small-animal models and the use of innovative MRS and MRI methods to quantify placental function and competence.

Elaine Holmes

Elaine Holmes (PhD) is a Premier’s Fellow and Professor of Computational Medicine at Murdoch University having recently moved from Imperial College London where she headed the Division of Computational and Systems Medicine. Her main research area focuses on applying metabolic profiling and computational modelling of biofluids and tissues to understand pathological and physiological disease processes. She has applied the technology in several clinical and biomedical areas including Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Infection, Gastrointestinal Disease, Early life environment and neurodegeneration. She co-developed the concept of the metabolome-wide association study (MWAS) and is currently driving new methods for the integration of metabonomic data with proteomic and transcriptomic data is order to gain a holistic overview of disease process. She has particular interest in the identification of biomarkers of metabolic diseases and obesity and much of her current work focuses on the role of the microbiota in promoting obesity and liver disease. She is a founder director of Melico, a startup company that operates in the personalised nutrition space and is a visiting professor at Sam Pablo Universidad CEU Madrid, King AbdulAziz University Saudi Arabia and the Chinese Academy of Sciences Wuhan China.  She has authored over 450 papers and books in metabolic profiling and chemometrics. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and has won several awards including the Royal Society of Chemistry Interdisciplinary Award and Lifetime membership of the Metabolomics Society. Her current focus is to develop metabolic profiling capacity in Western Australia and apply it to both population and precision medicine.

Professor Jeremy K. Nicholson

Professor Nicholson obtained his PhD in Biochemistry from King’s College, London University (St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School) in 1980. After several London University appointments (Full Professor, 1992) he became Professor and Head of Biological Chemistry at Imperial College in 1998. Appointed Head of the Department of Surgery and Cancer in 2009 developing new real-time point of care diagnostics with a large team of surgeons, critical care internists and cancer physicians. He became the Director of the world’s first National Phenome centre in 2012 (The MRC-NIHR National Phenome Centre) and was made Emeritus Professor of Biological Chemistry at Imperial in 2018. He is currently the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences at Murdoch University and Director of the Health Futures Institute and the Executive Director of the Australian National Phenome Centre. He has authored 800+ peer-reviewed papers on spectroscopy, and systems medicine and is one of the pioneers in metabolic phenotyping. Research focus is on development of translational diagnostic and prognostic technologies for personalised healthcare, nutrition, microbiome-host metabolic signalling in metabolic diseases. He is a current and past Clarivate-ISI Highly-Cited Researcher in Pharmacology and Toxicology (H index = 122). Awards include: Royal Society of Chemistry Silver (1992) and Gold medals for Chemical and Medicinal Technology (2002); RSC medal for Chemical Biology (2003); RSC Interdisciplinary Prize (2008); RSC Theophilus Redwood Lectureship (2008); Pfizer Global Chemistry Research Prize (2006); The Semelweiss-Budapest International Prize for Biomedicine (2010). Elected Fellow of The UK Academy of Medical Sciences (2010); Honorary Lifetime Fellow of the International Metabolomics Society (2012); Honorary Member of the US Society of Toxicology (2013); Albert Einstein Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (2014); Elected Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (2018); Doctor of Science Honoris causa, (2019), Hong Kong University.  Nicholson holds honorary professorships at 12 Universities around the world and was recently appointed as a special advisor to the Minister of Health in WA.

Tatyana Polenova*

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*Sponsored by the Georgina Sweet Travelling Award and Bruker

Hari Arthanari*

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*Sponsored by ISMAR, Murdoch University and the Australian National Phenome Center

Kevin Gardner

Kevin Gardner was trained in biochemistry and biophysics, receiving his Ph.D. with Joseph Coleman (Yale Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, 1995) and postdoctoral research with Lewis Kay (University of Toronto).  After starting his lab at UT Southwestern Medical Center in 1998, he moved to New York in 2014 to found and direct the Structural Biology Initiative of CUNY’s Advanced Science Research Center and serve as a Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the City College of New York.  Combining structural biology, biochemistry and cell biology approaches, his group has probed the atomic-level signaling mechanisms of proteins used by cells to sense and respond to the environment around them.  Such studies have deciphered how proteins use common sensory mechanisms despite tremendous diversity in their functions and biological settings, laying the foundation for understanding their natural regulation and controlling them artificially for therapeutic and biotechnology purposes.

Melanie Britton

Melanie Britton is a pioneer of magnetic resonance imaging of chemical reactions and processes and is a world-leader in the development of MRI visualisation of spatially heterogeneous chemical reactions and chemistry in flow. In 2000, she was awarded an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship (ARF) to develop MRI of chemical reaction-diffusion phenomena. She was a postdoctoral researcher with Paul Callaghan (Massey University) and Ken Packer (Nottingham University), before moving to the Magnetic Resonance Research Centre (Cambridge University) for her ARF. In 2004, she moved to the University of Birmingham (UoB) and established the UoB Magnetic Resonance Microscopy (MRM) facility. For the last 15 years, she has been specialising in the development of magnetic resonance techniques to probe chemical and electrochemical processes. She is the current Chair of the International Division of Spatially Resolved Magnetic Resonance, within the Ampere Society, and is the first woman to hold this position.

Michael Sattler

Michael Sattler is professor for biomolecular NMR at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and head of the Institute of Structural Biology at the Helmholtz Center Munich. Doctoral research with Christian Griesinger at the University of Frankfurt, Germany, focussed on the development of triple-resonance NMR methods to study biological macromolecules. As postdoctoral research fellow with Steve Fesik at Abbott laboratories, USA, he applied advanced NMR to solve three-dimensional structures of Bcl family proteins involved in the regulation of apoptosis. Since 1997, when he established his own research group at EMBL Heidelberg, Germany, and since 2007 in Munich he develops and applies biomolecular NMR methods to study the structure and dynamics of proteins and RNAs with key functions in eukaryotic gene regulation and cellular signalling. He pioneered integrated structural biology approaches, combining solution techniques (NMR, small angle X-ray and neutron scattering) highlighting the role of conformational dynamics. Recently, his research involves NMR and structure-based drug discovery on innovative drug targets in disease-linked cellular pathways. He is an elected member of EMBO and of the Leopoldina, German National Academy of Sciences.

Keynote Speakers

Katja Petzold*

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*Sponsored by ISMAR, Murdoch University and the Australian National Phenome Center

Galina Pavlovskaya

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Ann McDermott

Ann McDermott is the Esther Breslow Professor of Biological Chemistry at Columbia University.  She studies the structure, flexibility and function of proteins using magnetic resonance methods. For example, her group studies the structure function and allosteric regulation of potassium ion channels, which play crucial roles in diverse contexts, from bacteria to the human nervous system. She has studied the structures and dynamics of amyloids whose formation is a critical step in cellular signaling in humans. On the basis of this research, she is the recipient of the Pure Award in Chemistry, the Eastern Analytic Symposium Award for Achievement in Magnetic Resonance, the Gunther Laukien award in NMR, and she is an elected member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences.  She is a member of the board of trustees for Harvey Mudd College and the Board of the New York Structural Biology Center.  Her research group has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the Sloan Research Foundation and the Cottrell Research Foundation.  She has a B. Sc. from Harvey Mudd College, and a Ph. D. from the College of Chemistry at U. C. Berkeley, where she worked with Kenneth Sauer and Melvin Klein, and postgraduate training at MIT and the Francis Bitter National Magnet Laboratory with Robert Griffin.

Pramodh Vallurupalli*

Pramodh’s interests in biophysics and NMR spectroscopy developed when he trained with Prof. Peter Moore as a graduate student and with Prof. Lewis Kay as a postdoctoral fellow. He is currently a reader at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Hyderabad where he studies the conformational dynamics of biomolecules in solution using NMR spectroscopy. This often involves developing new NMR experiments and has resulted in variants of the CPMG and CEST experiments to study protein conformational exchange.
*Sponsored by ISMAR, Murdoch University and the Australian National Phenome Center

Michal Leskes*

Michal Leskes is a senior scientist (assistant professor) at the department of materials and interfaces at the Weizmann institute of Science. She completed a BSc in chemistry summa cum laude at Tel Aviv University (2004) followed by a PhD in chemical physics at the Weizmann Institute of Science (2010). She was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Cambridge, UK (2011-2015). Her research focus is on correlating the structure and properties of energy storage and conversion materials and the development of high sensitivity magnetic resonance approaches for probing the bulk and interface of functional materials. She received the J. F. Kennedy Prize for her PhD (2010), the Award of Excellence by the National Postdoctoral Award Program for Advancing Women in Science (2011), a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship (2012-2013), the Yigal Alon fellowship from the Israeli council of higher education (2015-2018) and the 2019 Anatole Abragam prize for young investigators from the international society of magnetic resonance (ISMAR).
*Sponsored by ISMAR, Murdoch University and the Australian National Phenome Center

Yefeng Yao

Yefeng Yao graduated from Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz at 2007. The studies for his PhD thesis on solid-state NMR studies of semi-crystalline polyethylene were done at the Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research under the supervision of Prof. Hans Wolfgang Spiess. In 2008, he joined Shanghai Key laboratory of Magnetic Resonance in East China Normal University (ECNU) in Shanghai, P. R. China. Now he is a full professor in the department of material science and the director of Shanghai Key laboratory of Magnetic Resonance in ECNU. His main research interests are the elucidation of molecular mechanisms determining the local molecular packing and dynamic processes in novel functional materials using tailored NMR methods. Recently, he starts the methodology development related to the nuclear spin singlet state and the applications in NMR and MRI.

Louis Madsen

Lou Madsen grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, attended Grinnell College in Iowa and obtained his Ph.D. at Caltech developing force-detected NMR with Dan Weitekamp.  Lou postdoc’ed with Ed Samulski (U. North Carolina-Chapel Hill) and Paul Callaghan (Victoria University of Wellington), pursuing NMR of soft materials including liquid crystals, micelles, and polymers. Since joining Virginia Tech in 2006, Lou has focused on using NMR spectroscopy, diffusometry, and microimaging to uncover fundamental phenomena related to multi-scale transport and structure in soft materials, notably fast ion conductors and polymeric drug delivery agents. New understanding of these systems is illuminating paths toward more efficient energy storage/conversion, water purification, and nanomedicine. In addition to using NMR to discover new behaviors in materials, Madsen’s lab is also developing a new class of composite electrolytes for advanced batteries and molecular separations.

Peter Guntert

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Ilya Kuprov

IK is an Associate Professor of Chemical Physics at the University of Southampton, an Associate Editor at Science Advances, and the Secretary of the Electron Spin Resonance Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He was previously an EPSRC Early Career Fellow at the University of Oxford, and a Lecturer in Physical Chemistry at the University of Durham.
During the last twenty years IK has been working on theoretical and computational modelling of magnetic processes. He is the principal author of Spinach – a large-scale simulation package that covers the whole of magnetic resonance spectroscopy, from double-electron resonance to diffusion imaging. His recent work includes lanthanide relaxation theory, optimal control theory, EPR data processing using deep neural networks, TROSY type experiment design, overtone NMR spectroscopy, and quantum mechanical MRI/SPEN simulations in the presence of complicated spatial motion.

Andrew Sederman

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Invited Speakers

Christoph Arns

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Maria Baias*

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*Sponsored by ISMAR, Murdoch University and the Australian National Phenome Center

Michael Deschamps

Michaël Deschamps is an associate professor of materials chemistry at the University of Orléans (France), and heads the “Matériaux et Résonance : Conception, Caractérisation et Applications” group at the CNRS laboratory CEMHTI (UPR 3079 Extreme Conditions and Materials: High Temperature and Irradiation). He got his BSc in Chemistry, MSc in Physical Chemistry and Spectroscopy, and a PhD on Nuclear Magnetic Resonance in the group of Prof. G. Bodenhausen at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris (France). He moved to the University of Oxford where he became a post-doctoral fellow and biochemistry tutor in the group of Prof. Iain D. Campbell, and was awarded an EMBO fellowship in 2003. During his post-doctoral years, his research focused on the structural determination of biomolecules by NMR. He obtained an Assistant Professor position in Orléans in 2005, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2013 and became a Junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France in 2014. Prof. M.Deschamps’ research is focused on the characterization of materials by NMR, with applications in batteries and supercapacitors, and he authored around 80 peer-reviewed papers.

Matthew Eddy*

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*Sponsored by ISMAR, Murdoch University and the Australian National Phenome Center

Paul Gooley

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Tim Hopper

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Bingwen Hu

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Karen Johnston*

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*Sponsored by ISMAR, Murdoch University and the Australian National Phenome Center

Rasmus Linser

Rasmus Linser studied chemistry in Göttingen (Germany) and Madrid (Spain). He pursued his PhD in the group of Prof. Dr. Bernd Reif at the Leibniz Institute for Molecular Pharmacology (FMP) Berlin from 2006 to 2010, focusing on pulse sequences for solid-state NMR on proteins. He worked at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney as a research scientist and conjoint lecturer from 2010 to 2011, before combining solid-state and solution NMR and membrane protein biochemistry as a DECRA fellow, commuting between Harvard Medical School, Boston, WEHI Melbourne, and UNSW from 2011 to 2014. As an Emmy Noether fellow, he started his own group at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, in 2014. From 2016 to 2018, he worked as an associate professor at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, before taking up a full professor position (Chair for biomolecular NMR
spectroscopy) at TU Dortmund.  His lab is focused on innovative methods for structure and dynamics of proteins using solid-state and solution-state NMR spectroscopy.

Lauren Marbella

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Mehdi Mobli

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Giulia Mollica

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Mathias Nilsson

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Gottfried Otting

Gottfried Otting did his PhD with Kurt Wüthrich at the ETH-Zürich in 1987, became professor of molecular biophysics at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm in 1992 and moved to the Australian National University in 2002 on an ARC Federation Fellowship. He is currently an ARC Laureate Fellow. His research interests are in method developments for protein structure analysis in solution and in the solid state. A special focus of his work is the use of paramagnetic metal ions.

Johan Rosengren

Dr Rosengren is a Senior Research Fellow at the School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Queensland, Australia. He completed his PhD under the supervision of Professor David Craik at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, UQ, in 2003. After two years of post-doctoral work at IMB he moved to Sweden in 2005 to take up a position as Assistant Professor at Linnaeus University, Kalmar. During 2008-2009 he held a joint appointment between Linnaeus University and Uppsala University. In 2009 he was awarded the Swedish "Docent" title before returning to The University of Queensland, where he has established his group funded by an NHMRC Career Development Award and an ARC Future Fellowship. Dr Rosengren's research focuses on structure activity relationships of bioactive peptides, in particular cyclic peptides and peptide hormones and the use of NMR spectroscopy in the design of novel peptide drug leads. He was the recipient of the Sir Paul Callaghan Medal from ANZMAG in 2011 and has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed papers.

Aaron Rossini

Aaron Rossini completed his BSc in 2005 and PhD studies in 2010 at the University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, under the supervision of Prof. Robert W. Schurko. In 2011 he moved to Lyon, France to work with Prof. Lyndon Emsley and Dr. Anne Lesage at the CRMN Lyon at the ENS Lyon as a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow. In 2014 he moved to EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland to continue working with Prof. Emsley. His post-doctoral research primarily focused on developing dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) enhanced solid-state NMR spectroscopy materials characterization of heterogeneous catalysts, materials and pharmaceuticals. In August 2015, he joined the Department of Chemistry at Iowa State University as an Assistant Professor. His independent research focuses on the development of fast MAS and DNP solid-state NMR techniques to enhance NMR sensitivity and improve materials characterization. He has authored over 90 peer-reviewed publications. 

Marc-Antoine Sani

Marc-Antoine Sani is a research fellow at the School of Chemistry, Bio21 Institute, University of Melbourne. His expertise precesses around solid-state and DNP NMR, with a particular focus on in-cell studies. Dr Sani is developing biochemical and biophysical methods to understand the complex interplay between lipid membranes and membrane-active peptides or membrane proteins; and specifically works on antimicrobial and amyloid peptides, cholesterol-dependant cytolysins and peptides involved in the regulation of apoptosis. He is an editorial board member for ANZMAGazine and Bio-protocol, and is the Victorian representative for the Australian Society for Biophysics. 

Anne Schuetz*

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*Sponsored by ISMAR, Murdoch University and the Australian National Phenome Center

Dmitry Shishmarev

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Thomas Theis

Born in Heidelberg, Germany, raised Tenerife, Spain, completed undergraduate and Masters program at Georg-August University (Germany) working on polymerization kinetics in the lab of Prof. Michael Buback. (Diplom of Chemistry, Nov. 2006.) Completed PhD at UC Berkeley (USA) with Prof. Alexander Pines, developing "zero-field NMR" and “parahydrogen hyperpolarization schemes” for cost efficient and portable NMR. (PhD, May 2012). Received postdoctoral training at Duke University (USA) with Prof. Warren Warren and as visiting professor at RWTH Aachen University with Prof. Stephan Appelt (Germany) developing "low-field NMR" and "singlet states for hyperpolarization storage" (June 2012-July 2015). Promoted to Research Assistant Professor at Duke University developing “cost-efficient hyperpolarization techniques for molecular imaging” (August 2015-July 2018). Since August 2018, Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University and Adjunct at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, developing hyperpolarization techniques and unconventional NMR and MRI detection schemes.