Nitsche group 2021


Dr Josemon George

Photo_JosemonJose completed his PhD in synthetic organic chemistry at the ANU in 2019 and subsequently joined our group as a postdoctoral fellow, focusing on new synthetic strategies to generate highly constrained bicyclic peptides and the synthesis of unnatural amino acids and protein tags.

PhD students

Richard Morewood

Richard MorewoodRichard graduated with a BPharmSci(Hons) from Monash University and joined the group as a PhD student in 2019. He is exploring new chemical strategies for peptide stapling, which can be used directly in biochemical assays to screen for enzyme inhibitors or ligands that target protein-protein interactions. Richard has already published a new peptide stapling strategy.

Sven Ullrich

Sven graduated in pharmacy from Heidelberg University, Germany. He joined our group in 2019 as a visiting fellow and started his PhD in 2020. He is investigated inhibitors of the SARS-CoV-2 main protease, which already resulted in a publication. He is also working on methods to selectively form bicyclic peptides under biocompatible conditions.

Saan Voss

IMG-Saan-NitscheLABSaan graduated in pharmacy from the Free University of Berlin, Germany and joined our group in 2019 as a visiting fellow, starting his PhD in 2020. He investigates switchable macrocyclisation conditions for peptide screening campaigns. Saan also studies inhibitors of flavivirus proteases, which already resulted in a publication.

Junming He

Junming graduated with a BSc(Hons) from the University of Auckland. Junming is designing and evaluating inhibitors of the Chikungunya virus protease nsP2. He also works on novel chemistry to include covalent warheads into peptides.

Honours students

Alexandra Coram

Alex joined the group in 2021 and is currently working on stapled peptides as novel antibacterial lead compounds.

Laura Shuttleworth

Laura joined the group in 2021 and is currently working on new ways to generate peptide-based inhibitors of the proteases of Zika virus and SARS-CoV-2.

Xiaobai Zhang

Xiaobai joined the group in 2021 and is currently new strategies for peptide, protein and nucleotide modification.

Undergraduate project students

Henry Illingworth (ASC project 2021)

Caitlin Gare (CHEM3060 project 2021)


Oliver Smith (ASC project 2021)

Luke Hemmingsen (ASC project 2021)

Xiaobai Zhang (CHEM3060 projects 2019 and 2020/2021)

Nuren Tasneem Natasha (Summer Scholar 2019/2020)

Dylan Siow-Lee (ASC project 2019)

Barbara Schroeder (visiting PhD student 2019/2020) – Publication (in press)

Tim Sarter (visiting student 2019) – Publication