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Dr Tara Christie

Dr Christie’s research focuses 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 uses 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 completed her BSc (Hons 1) in 2007 and her PhD in Biochemistry in 2011 at the University of Queensland. She then worked as a postdoctoral scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tuebingen, Germany, where she studied RNA decay pathways in the lab of Dr Elisa Izaurralde. 

Dr Christie returned to Australia in 2014 to study antibody engineering at the Garvan Institute for Medical Research, and was appointed to Group leader in December 2015. In September 2016, Dr Christie joined the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute as a Group Leader, and is currently a UNSW ARC DECRA fellow.

Biochemistry Laboratory 

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