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Fairbanks' Research Group

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2017 Group - Left to right
back row, Thomas Tardi-Zuch, Cormac Hayes, Stuart Alexander, Antony Fairbanks
front row: Jude Ayogu, Henry Li, Kajitha Suthagar, Sivasinthujah Paramasivam, Andrea Mascherpa

About us

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

Latest news

We have just moved our laboratory into the brand new Ernest Rutherford building at UC. This purpose-built state of the art facility was formally opened on February 15th 2018 by our Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Jacinda Ardern.

We have been awarded NZ$1,000,000 as part of the MBIE 2017 Endeavour Round to find our project entitled: ‘Manufacture of structure-optimised homogenous glycoprotein therapeutics’. We welcome new Postdoc Dr Nozomi Ishii to the group.

We have been awarded a three-year Marsden grant for NZ$870,000 to continue our work on improveing treatmetns for Lysosomal Storage Disorders, and we welcome new Postdoc Henry Li and new PhD student Andrea Mascherpa to the group.


Recent papers

Two reviews on the combined use of ENGase enzymes and N-glycan oxazolines for the production of homogenous glycopeptides and glycoproteins have just been published:

A. J. Fairbanks, Synthetic and semi-synthetic approaches to un-protected N-glycan oxazolines, Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2018, 14, 416-429.

A. J. Fairbanks, The ENGases: versatile biocatalysts for the production of homogeneous N-linked glycopeptides and glycoproteins, Chem. Soc. Rev. 2017, 46, 5128 - 5146.

Former PhD student Dr Stewart Alexander’s work on the protecting group free synthesis of glycoconjugates has just been published in OBC:

S. R Alexander, G. M. Williams, M. A. Brimble, A. J. Fairbanks, A double-click approach to the protecting group free synthesis of glycoconjugates, Org. Biomol. Chem. 2018, 16, accepted

Former PhD student Dr Kajitha Suthagar’s work on the protection of new anti-mycobacterial agents has just been published in Carbohydrate Research:

K. Suthagar, W. Jiao, H. Munier-Lehmann, A. J. Fairbanks, Synthesis of sulfamide analogues of deoxthymidine monophosphate as potential inhibitors of mycobacterial cell wall biosynthesis, Carbohydr. Res. 2018, 457, 32-40.


Group Vacancies

Please note that we DO NOT currently have any funding to support Postdocs.

However we are actively looking for prospective PhD students to start in 2019 who should therefore apply for a University scholarship to fund their studies. Please contact AJF 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. Please contact AJF by e-mail if this is the case:

Please note: Unfortunately, due to the number of enquiries we receive, unsolicited generic e-mails from prospective Postdocs without mention of specific potential research funding applications will not be replied to.


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