Dr Matthew Belousoff
Matthew is currently an NHMRC fellow in the laboratory of Prof. Trevor Lithgow. He completed his Ph.D. in chemistry at Monash University and went onto post-doctoral studies in the field of structural biology with Prof. Ada Yonath. His research interests lie in understanding the structure and function of biomolecules using a variety of techniques from X-ray crystallography to quartz crystal microbalance (QCM). Currently Matthew is exploring the structure and assembly of two different targets for antibiotics; the bacterial ribosome and a recently discovered member of the Omp85 superfamily. The ribosome is a validated target for antibiotics, and the Omp85 protein complex has been implicated in pathogenesis, highlighting the need to fully characterise it in order to develop novel ways to inhibit pathogenesis.