Professor Helen Blanchard – VC_s research awards-2018_min

Professor Helen Blanchard

Professor in Structural Biology

Griffith University

Helen (PhD, University of London (1990) in Chemistry) has undertaken research positions in academia (UK, Canada, USA, Switzerland, Australia) and in industry (Switzerland). Specifically, at: The University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, the Biotechnology Research Institute, National Research Council of Canada Montréal, University of California, San Diego (UCSD), University of Zürich, St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, The University of Queensland, and in industry (Morphochem), Basel, Switzerland.

Helen started her research group in structural biology the Institute for Glycomics at Griffith University in 2002. Her research is focused on molecular structure, including the determination of protein atomic structure by X-ray crystallography, and the application of this information to understanding protein function and for structure-based drug design. She has published in excellent journals including Nature, Nature structural Biology, and Nature Chemical Biology. Helen was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) (2006), in recognition of her contribution to structural biology and chemistry research.

Helen has successfully supervised 7 PhD candidates to award of doctorate (2010-18). Her current research group comprises 5 PhD candidates. In 2017, she was awarded Griffith University Sciences Pro Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence in Research Supervision.

Electorate: Cunningham
MP: Sharon Bird