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Associate Professor Michele R. Prinsep

Associate Professor (Organic Chemistry)

Qualifications: BSc(Hons) Canterbury, PhD. Canterbury, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of Hawaii (1990-1991). Research leave Cambridge (1994), ZONTA Award (2000).

Research Interests

  • Natural products chemistry, particularly that of New Zealand marine bryozoans and terrestrial cyanobacteria (blue-green algae).
  • Application of spectral methods, especially NMR spectroscopy and MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry to structural determination.
  • Biologically active compounds and structure-activity relationships.
  • Chemical ecology.

Current projects are directed towards finding novel and/or bioactive metabolites from New Zealand and Antarctic bryozoans and cyanobacteria.

Research Supervised

PhD

  • Kaufononga, Sangata (in progress). Indole-diterpenoid secondary metabolites produced by the Epichloe festucae var lolii-Lolium perenne symbiosis.
  • Omar, Syaliza (2013). Identifying iron-binding antioxidants in New Zealand honeydew honey. (chief supervisor Peter Molan).
  • Puddick, Jonathan (2013). Spectroscopic investigations of oligopeptides from aquatic cyanobacteria: Characterisation of new oligopeptides, development of microcystin quantification tools and investigations in microcystin production.

MSc (Research)

  • Shrubsall, Jacob (in progress). Novel brominated alkaloids from the bryozoan Amathia citrina.
  • Webb, Nicola (2015). Chemical ecological insights into metabolites of the New Zealand marine sponge, Cliona celata.
  • Wang, Alice (2015). Elucidating the modes of action of the antitumour New Zealand marine natural product Pterocellin A.

MSc

  • Kaufononga, Sangata (2014). Isolation and characterisation of Aeruginosin and microviridin variants from Microcystis species CAWBG11.
  • Rogers, Shelley (2014). Investigation of microcystin processing, production and export by Microcystis sp.
  • Hales, Richard (2013). Natural product analysis of coastal marine species of New Zealand.
  • Andersen, Aaron (2011). Investigations of natural products from Bryozoa inhabiting Aotearoa New Zealand.

BSc (Hons)

  • Dean, Lewis (2016). The natural products and chemical ecology of NZ Bryozoa and Nudibranchs.

Teaching Commitments

Recent Publications

  • Prinsep, M. R. (2016). Marine biodiscovery in New Zealand. In Unblocking Australia's Deep-Sea Biodiscovery Potential?. Conference (Workshop) held at Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia.

  • Blunt, J. W., Copp, B. R., Keyzers, R. A., Munro, M. H. G., & Prinsep, M. R. (2016). Marine natural products. Natural Product Reports, 33(3), 382-431. doi:10.1039/c5np00156k Open Access version: hdl:10289/10318

  • Browne, A., Battershill, C., Prinsep, M. R., Vanneste, J., & Clearwater, M. (2016). Novel Psa biovar 3 agrichemicals from New Zealand bioactive marine natural products. In 1st Australia New Zealand Marine Biotechnology Society Symposium, Participation and Partnership in Marine Biotechnology: Seeding the Blue Bioeconomy. Conference held in Adelaide, Australia.

  • Prinsep, M. R. (2016). Biologically active metabolites from bryozoans: Status and potential. In 17th Conference of the International Bryozoology Association. Conference held at Melbourne Museum, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

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Contact Details

Email: michele@waikato.ac.nz
Room: E.3.06
Phone: +64 7 837 9392