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 deriving new methods for the integration of metabonomic data with proteomic and transcriptomic data in order to gain a holistic overview of disease processes. 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 San 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*

Tatyana Polenova is a Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Director of an NIH Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (NIH-COBRE, “Molecular Design of Advanced Biomaterials”). She received her B.Sc (diploma with excellence) from Moscow State University in 1992. She received her Ph.D. degree from Columbia University in 1997, working in the laboratory of Professor Ann McDermott. After postdoctoral position at Columbia, in 1999 she joined the faculty of CUNY-Hunter College, and in 2003 relocated to the University of Delaware. Her research focuses on understanding structure, dynamics and function of biomolecular assemblies, using magnetic resonance and computational methods. She studies physiologically important microtubule/cargo protein assemblies whose malfunction is associated with multiple diseases, HIV-1 capsid protein assemblies whose function is important in virus pathogenicity, and biotechnologically important vanadium haloperoxidases. Her research involves development of new NMR techniques. A Fellow of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance, she served as Chair of the 55th Experimental NMR Conference (ENC) in 2014. She is an Associate Editor of Journal of Structural Biology, Journal of Biomolecular NMR; a Trends Editor of Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy; a section editor of eMagRes, and an editorial board member of Journal of Magnetic Resonance. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Euromar, the scientific committee of Rocky Mountain Conference on Magnetic Resonance, and the board of the Eastern Analytical Symposium.
*Sponsored by the Georgina Sweet Travelling Award and Bruker

Haribabu Arthanari*

Haribabu Arthanari is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at the Harvard Medical School and the Department of Cancer Biology at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. His scientific training has been in the field of chemistry, physics and biophysics with expertise in NMR spectroscopy and the use of NMR methods to determine structures of proteins and nucleic acids. He has developed a number of novel NMR and biophysical methods to address unique and fundamental questions in biophysics. His research focuses on methods to push the frontiers of NMR to tackle large and complex systems and help target “undruggable” systems. The research program of his lab centers on structure-guided approaches to characterize, validate and target protein-protein interactions in the context of disease states utilizing a combination of techniques: NMR spectroscopy, NMR-based fragment, and high throughput screening, and biophysical and cell-based assays. This multi-pronged approach enables the characterization of the interaction interface at an atomic level and identify druggable hotspots. Understanding the molecular mechanisms orchestrated by these interactions paves the way to identify disruptive inhibitors that have the potential to lead to treatments for the related pathologies. The research focus includes the following: 1) critical interactions between transcription factors and the general transcriptional machinery, including the Mediator complex, co-activators, and remodeling factors, and 2) translation initiation machinery demonstrated to be dysregulated in cancer disease states.
*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

Peter Guntert

Peter Güntert is Professor for NMR-based Computational Structural Biology at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Senior Scientist at ETH Zürich, Switzerland, and Guest Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. He received his PhD with Kurt Wüthrich in 1993, and the Habilitation in 1998 from ETH Zürich. From 2002 to 2007, he was a Principal Investigator at RIKEN Yokohama Institute, Japan. His research interests are computational method developments to study biomolecular systems, in particular by NMR.

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.

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

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.

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.

Mathias Nilsson

Mathias Nilsson is Professor of Physical Chemistry and Head of Analytical Measurements Physical Chemistry and at the University of Manchester, UK. He received his PhD in Food Science from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in 1999. After a period of post-doctoral research (2002-2003) at the University of Aveiro, he moved to Manchester as a postdoctoral research associate in 2004 to work with Professor Gareth Morris. In 2007 He was awarded an EPSRC Advance Research Fellowship, 2012 he became Lecturer, 2013 Reader in Physical Chemistry (at the same time as being Associate Professor in NMR spectroscopy 2012-2015 at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark), and 2018 Professor of Physical Chemistry. His current research interest includes the development and application of novel methods in liquids NMR spectroscopy.

Galina Pavlovskaya

Galina is a MR physicist with the expertise in sodium MRI and microimaging (UTE, MQF) at ultra-high field (9.4T), particularly in applying these techniques in exploring new imaging markers in diseases associated with physical stresses i.e. arthritis and injuries in sports medicine. Galina studied for her undergraduate (Soft Condensed Matter Physics) degree at Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia and postgraduate (PhD, Chemical Physics) degree at Clark University, Massachusetts, USA. From there she moved to a post-doctoral position at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Tallahassee, Florida, USA working on MRI of fluid flows in tissues following a second post-doctoral post in MRI of bio-fluid flow in stenotic geometries at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, USA. She continued as an independent Researcher at Colorado State University developing hyperpolarised MRI methodology for lung studies and sodium MRI methodology for soft tissues characterisation. In 2009 she was appointed as an Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham, where she continued to work on hyperpolarisation techniques and sodium methodology developments. She was promoted to an Associate Professor in 2017, her research is currently funded by MRC, BBSRC, EPSRC and charities and targets development of sodium MRI for healthcare applications.

Andrew Sederman

Andy Sederman is a Reader in Magnetic Resonance in Engineering at the University of Cambridge in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology where he also gained his PhD in 1998. He works in the Magnetic Resonance Research Centre (MRRC) where his research focus is on developing magnetic resonance techniques for application to engineering and materials. He has worked extensively in the area of velocity and transport measurement and methods to increase the imaging speed to be able to investigate transient systems, both by fast data acquisition and by utilising innovative reconstruction methods allied to data under-sampling. Areas of application for these methods have focused on single and multi-phase flows, fluid flow in porous media and reaction and hydrodynamics in multiphase reactors. His research is largely funded by the EPSRC and industrial collaborators.

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

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.

Invited Speakers

Christoph Arns

Prof. Arns is a pioneer in the area of Digital Rock Physics (20 years) and specialises in the area of pore-scale petrophysics on micro-tomographic images including the integration of digital and conventional core analysis. His primary interest lies in the combination of 3D tomographic imaging technology and porous media NMR techniques for petrophysical applications with a focus on core-scale heterogeneity. He was an integral part of a team commercialising digital core analysis through the ANU/UNSW spin-off Digital Core Pty Ltd, formed in 2009. Prof. Arns is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Distinguished Technical Achievement Award of SPWLA and the 2015 Premier's Prizes for Science & Engineering: Leadership in Innovation in NSW. Arns holds a Diploma degree in physics from the U. of Technology Aachen, Germany and a PhD degree in petroleum engineering from the U. of New South Wales, Australia.

Maria Baias*

Maria Baias is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at New York University Abu Dhabi. She received her PhD from RWTH-Aachen University in Germany and then moved to London for a postdoc at University College London, followed by a postdoc at ENS Lyon in France and then a third postdoc at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. Her current research varies between NMR in low magnetic fields and NMR in high magnetic fields. In low magnetic fields she uses mobile NMR for cultural heritage research with a special interest in identifying painting forgeries. In high magnetic fields she works with NMR crystallography for researching polymorphism in pharmaceuticals. She is also working in instrumental development for a high-pressure system for solid-state NMR experiments under high pressures inside NMR rotors.
*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*

Matthew Eddy received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was mentored by Professor Robert Griffin. His Ph.D. training focused on applying solid state magic angle spinning (MAS) NMR to studies of membrane protein structure and function. Dr. Eddy then joined the laboratories of Professors Raymond Stevens and Kurt Wüthrich at The Scripps Research Institute as an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow. There, he applied an integrative structural biology approach to study human G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), focusing on applications of nuclear magnetic resonance in aqueous solutions to improve our understanding of mechanisms of GPCR signal transduction. In the fall of 2018, Dr. Eddy started his own laboratory as an assistant professor at the University of Florida and as a principle investigator at the National High Field Magnetic Laboratory, pursuing integrative structural biology studies of human GPCRs and other membrane proteins.
*Sponsored by ISMAR, Murdoch University and the Australian National Phenome Center

Neda Gholizadeh

Neda Gholizadeh completed her PhD in improving prostate cancer detection and delineation using multiparametric MRI (T2WI, DWI, DCE, DTI and MRSI) and machine learning at the University of Newcastle in 2019. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher developing quantitative analysis of MRI CEST and MRI fingerprinting using machine learning and deep learning at the University of Newcastle. Her research interests include but are not limited to MRI Pulse Sequence Simulation and Optimization, MRI QA, Data Science, Medical Image Analysis, Deep Learning, Data Mining and Visualization, and Predictive Modelling.

Paul Gooley

Paul Gooley is Associate Professor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, in the Bio21 Institute at the University of Melbourne. He trained with Ray Norton at the University of New South Wales; conducted postdoctoral studies at Yale with Ian Armitage and at the University of Arizona with Neil MacKenzie; worked for five years at Merck and Co. in a structural biology group before returning to Australia in 1996 to form his research group at the University of Melbourne. He applies NMR techniques to understand how proteins work focusing on interactions and understanding conformational change. Current interests are in the molecular mechanism of activation of G-protein coupled receptors, especially the relaxin receptor (RXFP1), and the structure and function of lyssavirus (rabies) proteins, particularly the intrinsically disordered P-protein and its role in suppressing the innate immune response via its interaction with the transcription factor STAT1.  He also applies NMR to metabolomics problems such as chronic fatigue syndrome. 

Tim Hopper

Dr Tim Hopper earned his PhD in Magnetic Resonance Imaging prior to moving into the oil and gas industry where he worked for Schlumberger for 10 years. His career with Schlumberger involved stints as wireline field engineer, senior research scientist, project manager (LWD NMR) and petro-physicist.
 Prior to starting NMR Services Australia, Tim worked for an African explorer as its principal petro-physicist. From 2013 until its sale, Tim successfully steered NMR Services Australia to more than 70% revenue growth year-on-year. That company designed, manufactured and supported wireline BMR tools across five continents, spanning all minerals and water markets.
Tim was a Fulbright Scholar during his PhD and has earned several accolades over the years. He has 19 patents to his name and has published more than a dozen technical papers. Tim’s passion is identifying new technologies and applying them outside of their normal realms. His wide experience enables him to quickly identify technological and engineering opportunities.

Mike Johns

Mike has been conducting research regards the development and application of magnetic resonance techniques for over two decades.  This has covered a very wide remit from food to oil and gas engineering.  Mike completed his PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge in 1999.  He was subsequently appointed to a lectureship in 2000 at Cambridge and was a Reader in Engineering Colloids before relocating to a Chair in Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Western Australia (UWA) in 2011.  At Cambridge, he helped run the Magnetic Resonance Research Centre (MRRC) which housed over 50 research workers.  At UWA he co-runs the Fluid Science and Resources Research Group1 which houses over 70 research workers.   He currently develops methods to characterise and break oilfield emulsions, uses NMR to measure multiphase flow regimes and oil contamination in discharge water, water structure in hydrate systems and an early detection of fouling in desalination modules.  He has published over 200 international peer-reviewed papers, has an H-index of 36, holds several patents and has participated in two spin-off companies. 

Karen Johnston*

Karen Johnston obtained both her BSc and PhD from the University of St Andrews (UK). During her PhD, she focused on the synthesis and structural characterisation of novel perovskite-based materials using a combination of powder diffraction, solid-state NMR spectroscopy and density functional theory calculations. Following her PhD, she undertook postdoctoral work at the University of Windsor (Canada), where she concentrated on the development of wideline NMR methods. In 2013 she moved to ALISTORE-ERI (Nantes, Cambridge) where she began to explore energy materials and, in particular, the development of ternary alloys for use as negative electrodes in Li-ion batteries. Karen was appointed Assistant Professor in Inorganic Chemistry at Durham University in 2015, where she has been concentrating on the design and development of new solid electrolyte materials for all-solid-state batteries. In particular, her work has focused on using solid-state NMR to probe local structural changes and assess their influence on the observed physical properties, including the ionic conductivity.
*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

Prof. Lauren Marbella has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Columbia University since July 2018. Her research group focuses on using solid-state NMR and MRI techniques to characterize Li- and beyond-Li-ion batteries. Prof. Marbella received her Ph. D. in 2016 under the direction of Prof. Jill Millstone at the University of Pittsburgh. Following her Ph. D., she held a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship and the Charles and Katharine Darwin Research Fellowship at Darwin College in the group of Prof. Clare Grey.

Mehdi Mobli

Mehdi Mobli completed his PhD work at the University of Liverpool in 2004, working on prediction of chemical shifts under the supervision of Ray Abraham. In 2011 he was awarded a Future Fellowship from the Australian Research Council to join the University of Queensland, Centre for Advanced Imaging, where he was appointed Associate Professor in 2017. Mehdi has authored over one hundred peer reviewed publications, and his work has been recognised by the ANZMAG society (Sir Paul Callaghan Medal), the Australian Peptide Association (Tregear Award) and the ASBMB (MERCK medal). His interests are in NMR characterisation of disulfide-rich peptides and their ion-channel receptors. This work is supported by developments of biochemical tools and NMR methods in his group.

Giulia Mollica

Giulia Mollica completed her BSc in Physical Chemistry in 2003 and PhD in Chemistry in 2007 at the University of Pisa. She was a postdoctoral researcher in Pisa for two years, then she moved to the University of Southampton where she worked on methods for measuring internuclear distances in organic solids under the supervision of Prof. Malcom Levitt. In 2010 she was awarded a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship to work on methodological developments for the analysis of organic powders at the University of Aix-Marseille in France. After joining the CNRS as a Research Associate in 2012, she started her independent career at the Institut de Chimie Radicalaire in Marseille. In 2017, she was awarded an ERC Starting Grant. Her current research focuses on the development of new methods in NMR and DNP for the structural analysis and the investigation of crystallization in organic materials."

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*

Anne Schütz studied chemistry in Göttingen and pursued her doctoral work at ETH Zurich in the field of solid-state NMR spectroscopy. After post-doctoral research at the University of Toronto, she joined the Department of Chemistry at Technical University of Munich, where she established her own group. Her research is focused on the integration of solution and solid state NMR techniques to better understand the inner workings of large protein complexes. She is particularly interested in amyloids, molecular machines and viral particles. 
*Sponsored by ISMAR, Murdoch University and the Australian National Phenome Center

Dmitry Shishmarev

Dmitry Shishmarev completed his undergraduate degree in chemistry at the Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2009. In 2010, he enrolled into a PhD program to work in the group of Prof. Gottfried Otting at the Australian National University in the field of biomolecular nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. He graduated with a PhD degree in 2014 and moved to the University of Sydney to continue his work in biomolecular NMR of proteins and whole cells in the group of Prof. Philip Kuchel. In 2017, he moved back to the Australian National University to join the group of A/Prof. Marco Casarotto where he is currently studying structural aspects of interactions between excitation-contraction coupling proteins using NMR spectroscopy and other biophysical techniques

Takashi Tanaka

Dr. Takashi Tanaka received his Ph.D. from Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan, and the in-cell NMR studies were done under the supervision of Prof. Yutaka Ito. Dr Tanaka’s Ph.D. studies focused on the methodological developments of de novo structure determination of proteins inside living eukaryotic cells, and the behaviour of proteins inside an intracellular environment. For his work, he was awarded the Outstanding Poster Award at the 9th ANZMAG. He then joined TOSOH Analysis and Research Center, Japan, as a researcher and has been an NMR unit leader since 2019. His current research interests include the NMR methodologies for the structural and mechanical analyses of biomacromolecules, chemically-synthesised polymers, organic compounds, and catalysts. He is also interested in the expansion of the application of NMR spectroscopy to pharmaceuticals.

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.

Viktor Vegh

Viktor Vegh (PhD) is a group leader in the Centre for Advanced Imaging, University of Queensland. His research focuses on the development of tissue microstructure imaging methods using high and ultra-high field MRI instrumentation. This work involves finding a relationship between tissue microstructure features and mathematical model parameters based on various MRI contrast mechanisms, such as gradient recalled echo and diffusion-weighted imaging. Additionally, he has an active interest in creating portable low-cost MRI instruments operating at ultra-low magnetic fields. Dr Vegh received a PhD in applied mathematics in the area of electromagnetic wave modelling, which allowed him to pursue a post-doctoral fellowship in MRI hardware design. Later he expanded his research focus into neuroimaging, and to his current focus around how mathematical models can be used to create new MRI contrasts reflecting information at scales smaller than the image resolution