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Lau Group

Chemical and synthetic biology
We operate at the interface of chemistry, bioengineering and nanoscience.

Our research

We re-engineer macromolecules found in nature to create new medicines, materials and catalysts. Our research involves a mix of organic chemistry, synthetic biology and protein engineering.

We are based in the School of Chemistry. We collaborate widely with research groups locally and internationally. Our group is also part of the Sydney Nanoscience Institute.

Two primary areas of research in the lab currently are:

  • Cyclic/stapled peptides as therapeutic candidates that target protein-protein interactions involved in cancer
  • Encapsulin nanocompartments as synthetic organelles and molecular cages for controlling chemical and enzymatic catalysis
Graphic visualising the areas of research undertaken by the Lau Group
Photo of The Incubator lab, a bio-nano space for doing cross-disciplinary chemical science

The Incubator

At the School of Chemistry, we have established a bio-nano space for doing cross-disciplinary chemical science. This space, which we like to call The Incubator, houses the capacity to conduct synthesis, molecular biology, bacterial culture, protein production and biophysical analysis.

The Incubator is a collaboration between the Lau group and the DNA group of Dr Shelley Wickham.

Our equipment facilites include an AKTA Pure FPLC protein purification system, HPLC-SEC-MALS for protein characterisation, ChemiDoc system incl. fluorescence/NIR imaging, Olympus IX-81 inverted microscope, PCR machines, autoclave, centrifuges, incubators and shakers.

Our people

Yu Heng Lau, Group leader

Postdoctoral researchers

This could be you! Job posting live until April 13th.

PhD students

  • Haritha Sudhakar
  • Lachlan Adamson
  • Quynh Ngoc Vu
  • Reginald Young

Masters students

  • Eva Gao
  • Nuren Tasneem

Honours students

  • Tiancheng Huang

Undergraduate students

  • Oliver Liang (Summer scholar/TSP student 2020)
  • Sophia You (Summer scholar 2020)
  • Rishik Bhandary (Honours 2019)
  • Eric Jenner (Honours 2019)
  • Annmaree Kenny (DL student 2019)
  • Suleka Hersi (Summer scholar 2019)
  • Joanna Huang (Summer scholar 2019)
  • Paris Jeffcoat (Honours 2018)
  • Erin Humphries (TSP student 2018)
  • Lucy Jimenez (TSP student 2018)
  • Chuyang Zhang (Nanjing visiting student 2018)
  • Oliver Rathje (Summer scholar/volunteer 2018)
  • Michael Liu (Summer scholar/TSP student 2018)

Join us

We are always interested in welcoming enthusiastic and talented individuals with different skills and diverse backgrounds to join our team!

Whether you are a prospective undergraduate, honours student (current honours projects can be found here), visiting Masters student, PhD candidate or postdoc, feel free to email Yu Heng to learn more about our research and the current opportunities available.

Yu Heng Lau

Lecturer in Chemistry
  • School of Chemistry F11, University of Sydney NSW 2006

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