Biophysics & Structural Biology
at Synchrotrons
17-24 January 2019

Frances Separovic, FAA

Department School of Chemistry
Institution University of Melbourne

Professor Frances Separovic is a Biophysical Chemist based at the Bio21 Institute, University of Melbourne, Australia. Frances grew up in Broken Hill and, after the birth of her son, did a BA at Macquarie and a PhD at UNSW while working full-time at CSIRO, Sydney. Following a post-doctoral fellowship at National Institutes of Health (USA), Frances joined the University of Melbourne in 1996, where she became the first woman professor of chemistry (2005) and Head of School (2010). Frances has developed solid-state NMR techniques to determine the structure and dynamics of molecules in biological membranes with a focus on peptide antibiotics and toxins within phospholipid membranes.

Whilst teaching chemistry, Frances has served as Assistant Dean (EO) (2001-02) and Associate Dean (2009-10) of the Science Faculty. She is currently Secretary of the Biophysical Society (USA), Council member of International Union of Pure & Applied Biophysics (IUPAB) and Division I member of IUPAC; and editorial board member of Chemical Reviews and editor of Biochimica Biophysica Acta and European Biophysics Journal. Frances was elected President of Australian New Zealand Society for Magnetic Resonance, ANZMAG (2011-13); General Treasurer of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, RACI (2008-10); Council of the Biophysical Society (2007-10); Treasurer of Lorne Protein Conference (2006-09), Council of IUPAB (2002-05); and President of Australian Society for Biophysics, ASB (1999-2001, 2012-14). Frances has organized 40 major scientific conferences and published over 230 papers in international journals. She was awarded the ASB Robertson Medal (2009) and ANZMAG Medal (2011) and elected Fellow of the Biophysical Society (USA) and ISMAR Fellow (2012). Frances was the first female chemist elected to the Australian Academy of Science (2012); is an IUPAC Distinguished Women of Chemistry/ Chemical Engineering; received an UNSW Alumni Award – Science & Technology (2017); and was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women (2018).

Speaker of Events

Start Date Name Details Location Price Status
18 January 2019

Day 2: Protein preparation

From gene to protein crystal
1 Madiba Circle, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch This event has passed
1 Madiba Circle, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch This event has passed
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