Professor Jennifer L. Martin is Director of the Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery at Griffith University and a recent ARC Laureate Fellow at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience in the University of Queensland. Jenny is the President of the Asian Crystallographic Association and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Australian Synchrotron. She was awarded the 2017 Wunderly medal from the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand. Jenny’s protein crystallography research focuses on the structure determination of disease-causing proteins and the application of structural biology in early stage drug discovery.
Shane Telfer was born in the town of Clyde in Central Otago, New Zealand. He completed a BSc(Hons) and a PhD in Chemistry at the University of Canterbury, and is now a Professor of Chemistry at Massey University, New Zealand. His research interests extend to all aspects of supramolecular chemistry and functional materials involving transition metals, especially those that are crystalline, porous, and chiral. In 2012 he was a Fulbright Fellow at UC Berkeley, USA, and in 2015 he was awarded the NZIC Prize for Excellence in Chemical Research.
Christine Beavers received her PhD from the University of California, Davis, under the supervision of Marilyn Olmstead. Her graduate work on weakly diffracting and highly disordered fullerenes lead her to discover the power of synchrotron radiation as applied to crystallography. She began her career at the Advanced Light Source at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab as a postdoc on the chemical crystallography beamline, where she developed expertise in high pressure experiments. Presently, she is a beamline scientist on the non-ambient conditions diffraction beamline at the ALS, where she strives to increase the accessibility of high pressure experiments, as well improving the resulting data. She is a native Californian, who enjoys the outdoors and riding her horses.
Murray Stewart is a Member of EMBO and has been at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge since 1981. His research concentrates on using X-ray crystallography and electron microscopy to establish the structure of macromolecular complexes and then using this information to engineer mutants to probe function. Murray initially worked on muscle contraction and cell motility, but then moved to focus on the molecular mechanism of nucleocytoplasmic transport. He has established the structures of a range of transport factors showed how their assembly and disassembly mediated a Brownian ratchet mechanism. Murray’s recent work has been directed towards understanding the molecular mechanism of mRNA nuclear export and how this is coupled to earlier steps in the gene expression pathway.