Sylvia Urban is presently appointed as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Applied Sciences at RMIT University. She received a Bachelor of Applied Science in applied chemistry (degree with distinction) from RMIT University in 1991 and a B. S. degree with honors from The University of Melbourne in1992 (first class honors). She received the Ronald Riseborough prize in chemistry in 1991. Her Ph.D. degree was entitled “Structural and stereochemical studies of marine metabolites” and awarded in 1997 from The University of Melbourne. She has previously worked in the natural product drug discovery field as a Research Fellow at Natural Product Discovery (NPD), centre of the Eskitis Institute for Cell and Molecular Therapies [formerly AstraZeneca R & D Griffith University and the Queensland Pharmaceutical Research Institute (QPRI)] and then as a postdoctoral fellow in the Marine Chemistry Group, Canterbury University, Christchurch, New Zealand. She is a member of American Chemical Society, the American Society of Pharmacognosy, the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, and the Australian Marine Sciences Association. In 2003, she was awarded the American Society of Pharmacognosy Research Starter Grant for a project entitled Investigation into the Chemistry and Biological Activity of the Orange-Rot Fungus, Pycnoporus cinnabarinus. She is an editor of a number of journals including Marine Drugs and the American Journal of Plant Sciences. She was an Australasian Advisory Board Member of the 12th International Symposium on Marine Natural Products held in Queenstown, New Zealand February 4-9, 2007. Her interests include marine and terrestrial natural products chemistry; isolation and structural characterisation; NMR spectroscopy and analytical separation and profiling methodologies for natural product discovery.
Biography Updated on 26 April 2011