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Investigating chemistry
Our work ranges from developing probes for biologically-relevant metal ions to establishing ways to measure biological redox state to help us to better understand diseases.

Our research

Fluorescent platforms for environmental sensing

This project is funded by a Westpac Research Fellowship (2016-2019).

Fluorescence offers a cheap alternative to mass spectrometry techniques for analysis of complex environments. We are developing sensing arrays to distinguish and quantify chemical species (particularly metal ions) in the environment.    

Tools to study labile pools of metal ions

This project is funded by an ARC Discovery Grant, 2015-2017, with Tony White, University of Melbourne.

The pool of labile, or bioavailable, metal ions in a cell is crucial to the function of metalloproteins and the maintenance of metal homeostasis. We are developing probes for biologically-relevant metal ions, that can be used to provide information about how labile metal pools change in conditions of health and disease.    

Investigations of the interactions of cisplatin with cells

This project is funded by an ARC Discovery Grant, 2015-2017, with Trevor Hambley, School of Chemistry (University of Sydney).

Despite intense research attention on platinum anticancer drugs, much remains to be learnt about how they interact with cells in exerting both their theraupetic effects and toxic side effects. We are developing chemical tools to study platinum metabolism in cells.  

Tools to study redox regulation in biological systems

This project is funded by an ARC Discovery Early Career Award (2012-2014) and a Ramaciotti Establishment Grant (2013-2014).

Many diseases are associated with perturbations in redox state, so developing ways to measure biological redox state will help us to better understand these diseases and suggest ways to cure or treat them. We are developing probes that allow the monitoring of cellular redox state by MRI or fluorescence microscopy.

Two of our redox probes can be purchased from Stressmarq Biosciences - please see the following links for more information: NpFR1 and FCR1.       

Our people

  • Dr Clare Mahon (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow, 2017-2018)
  • Kathryn Leslie (Masters student, 2018)
  • Maggie Tong (Summer student, 2018)
  • Eliseus Feng (Summer student, 2018)
  • Eve Aorada (Visiting student, 2018)
  • Claudia Solari (Visiting Postdoc, 2017)
  • Dr Zelong Lim (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2015-2017)
  • Clara Shen (Honours Student 2013, PhD Student 2014-2017)
  • Edward O'Neill (PhD Student, 2013-2017)
  • Anna Ranieri (Visiting PhD Student, 2017)
  • Michael Harris (Visiting PhD Student, 2017)
  • Dr Jacek Kolanowski (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2014-2017)
  • Dr Mia Ackerfeldt (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2015-2017)
  • Angela Torrisi (Honours student, 2016)
  • Amandeep Kaur (PhD student, 2013-2016)
  • Agathe Guyetand (exchange student, 2016)
  • Benjamin Chekroun (exchange student, 2016)
  • Hannah Derrig (TSP student, 2016)
  • Timothy Chisholm (TSP student, 2016)
  • Dr Karolina Jankowska (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2014-2016)
  • Madeleine Carr (Honours student, 2015)
  • Carmen Tran (TSP student, 2013 and Honours student, 2015)
  • Dr David Smith (Gritton Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2013-2015)
  • Lucy Dawson (Exchange Honours student, 2014-2015)
  • Laura Gauthier (exchange student, 2015)
  • Grace Yin (TSP student, 2015)
  • Isaac Carney (summer student, 2012-2013, Honours student, 2014 and research assistant, 2015)
  • Bowen Ding (TSP student, 2014)
  • Timothy Cashman (TSP student, 2014)
  • Naveed Sajid (visiting student, 2013-2014)
  • Phillip Karpati (summer student, 2013-2014)
  • Matthew Anscomb (Honours student, 2013 and summer student, 2013-2014)
  • Howard Chow (Michael Bishop Award student, 2013)
  • Lisanne van Oppen (visiting student, 2013)
  • Cyril Tang (TSP student, 2013)
  • Carmen Tran (TSP student, 2013)
  • Eliot Salmon (Honours student, 2013)
  • Jonathan Yeow (TSP student, 2012 and Honours student, 2013)
  • Muhammad Shoaib (visiting student, 2013)
  • Emily Jenkins (summer student, 2012-2013)
  • Alessio Orsino (visiting student, 2012-2013)
  • Orion Tong (Michael Bishop Award student, 2012)


Undergraduate students

Dalyell students - please enquire about possible projects.
Summer vacation scholarships - are a great way to see what research is all about.
Honours students - several projects are available each year.

Postgraduate students

 If you are an international student, please make an enquiry through Research Supervisor Connect.

For international students, you can find details of possible scholarships here.

Postdoctoral researchers

Liz does not currently have funding for a postdoctoral researcher. You are welcome to contact Liz if you are interested in applying for a research fellowship to work in the group.

Elizabeth New

Associate Professor, Westpac Research Fellow and SOAR Fellow
  • Room 543 School of Chemistry Building (F11) The University of Sydney NSW, 2006