Lessene-Lab team

Lessene-Lab team

Lab team

Chemistry is an essential component of successful biomedical research. With a strong focus on medicinal chemistry and chemical biology, our lab strives to integrate multi-disciplinary approaches based on cohesive teams of researchers.
To achieve this goal, we have strong collaborations with a number of Institute divisions and all our projects are run as multidisciplinary collegial teams.

Jeff Mitchell, Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, BSc(Hons) Melbourne PhD Melbourne

Brad Sleebs, Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, PhD LaTrobe
Development of small molecules for the treatment of malaria and HIV (in collaboration with Infection and Immunity Division)

Christoph Grohmann, Postdoctoral Fellow, PhD Muenster, Germany
Development of novel anti-mitotic small molecules (in collaboration with Prof Tony Burgess and Dr Nadia Kershaw)

Romina Lessene, Postdoctoral Fellow, PhD Melbourne
Development of small molecules targeting the pro-apoptotic protein Bax (in collaboration with Dr Peter Czabotar)

William Nguyen, Postdoctoral Fellow, BMedChem Monash BMedChem(Hons) Monash PhD Monash 
Development of agents that reverse HIV-1 latency

Ying Zhang, Postdoctoral Fellow, PhD Melbourne

Wilco Kersten, Research Assistant, BSc Netherlands
Development of small molecules inhibitors of necroptosis (in collaboration with Dr James Murphy and Assoc Prof John Silke)

Yelena Khakham, Research Assistant, BSc Hons Monash
Development of small molecules inhibitors of apoptosis (in collaboration with Profs Ben Kile and David Huang)

Kate McArthur, PhD Student, BSc Melbourne
Characterisation of novel non-apoptotic cell death pathways (in collaboration with Profs Ben Kile and Dr Mark van Delft).

Catia Pierotti, PhD Student, BSc(Hons) Melbourne
Small molecule probes targeting the necroptotic pathway

YuQing Yap, Masters Student

Richard Bestel de Lezongard, Honours Student, BSc Melbourne

Stephane Chappaz, Visiting Scientist / Postdoctoral Fellow, MSc Paris PhD Basel

Jean-Marc Garnier, Visiting Scientist / Postdoctoral Fellow, PhD Paris XI

Super Content: 
Scientist in the National Drug Discovery Centre

The NDDC enables medical researchers to access ultra-high throughput screening, fast tracking scientific discoveries into new medicines.