Professor Robert Capon

 - Affiliate Investigator

Research focus: Detection, isolation, identification and evaluation of biologically active small molecules from Nature

Professor Capon has established a World class laboratory at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience,University of Queensland, equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation, methodologies and protocols designed to optimize outcomes from biodiscovery research. This laboratory hosts biodiversity as well as natural extract and pure compound diversity libraries comprising several thousand microbial isolates as well as several thousand marine invertebrate and algal extracts, encompassing many tens of thousands of biosynthetically and structurally diverse natural products.

Professor Capon's extensive knowledge of natural products, extending across advanced methods in spectroscopic characterization and structure elucidation, as well as biosynthetic pathways spanning all classes of natural products, and the basic and applied science of biodiscovery, provides the project with a unique advantage.