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Fairbanks' Research Group

Welcome to the Fairbanks' Group Website!


Left to right
back row, Preeti Kundu, Kajitha Suthagar, Pragya Priyanka, Aoife Noonan, Patrycia Golebiowska
front row: Stuart Alexander, Antony Fairbanks, Jesse Laurila, David Lim, Govind Singh (2015)

About us

Here you will find details of our research group, based in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, including links to our publications and details of any vacancies we have.

Latest news

Pragya’s paper on the synthesis of glycoproteins decorated with mannose-6-phosphate as potentially improved enzyme replacement therapies for lysosomal storage disorders has been accepted in Angew Chemie.

P. Priyanka, T. B. Parsons, A. Miller, F. M. Platt, A. J. Fairbanks
Chemoenzymatic synthesis of a phosphorylated glycoprotein
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, early view online.



Jesse’s design featured on the cover for the 2015 December issue of ChemistryOpen.

Jesse book cover

This issue contained Vivek’s paper on the detection of human-adapted influenza virus at nanomolar concentrations using sugar-decorated gold nanoparticles, which were made using oligosaccharides isolated from egg yolks.

V. Poonthiyil, P. T. Nagesh, M. Husain, V. B. Golovko, A. J. Fairbanks
Gold nanoparticles decorated with sialic acid terminated bi-antennary N-glycans for the detection of the influenza virus at nanomolar concentrations. ChemistryOpen 2015, 4, 708-716.


Group Vacancies

We DO NOT currently have any funding to support Postdocs. However we are actively looking for prospective PhD students to start in 2017 who should therefore apply for a University scholarship to fund their studies. Please contact Antony Fairbanks by e-mail if this is the case: We are also always interested in hearing from prospective Postdocs or academic visitors who are interested in applying for their own funding to come and join us.



  • Phone: +64 3 364 2100
    Fax: +64 3 364 2110
  • Department of Chemistry
    University of Canterbury
    Private Bag 4800, Christchurch
    New Zealand
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