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Dr Tara Christie

Dr Tara Christie worked at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute from 2016 to 2019 as the Group Leader of the Biochemistry Laboratory.

Dr Christie’s research focused on the structure and function of proteins – the fundamental molecular engines in all living cells. Understanding protein structure-function relationships is essential to discovering the underlying cause of disease and is fundamental to drug design. 

Her laboratory used X-ray crystallography to visualise the three-dimensional structure of proteins, and uses a range of biochemical techniques to understand protein function. Her research interests include nucleocytoplasmic transport, mRNA degradation and antibody stabilisation.

Dr Christie is currently a lecturer in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Sydney.