How to forge the ultimate lightsaber molecule?

posted Nov 22, 2018, 7:06 AM by Yit Heng Chooi

Read our latest just accepted manuscript online at the RSC flagship journal Chemical Science!

Formation of the light-activated phytotoxic molecule elsinochrome require the collaboration of three distinct class of oxidases.

Tribute to the magnificient Moreton Bay fig tree at UWA campus

posted Nov 22, 2018, 7:00 AM by Yit Heng Chooi

Sad that the far-reaching branches of the giant Moreton Bay fig tree (Ficus macrophylla) that made the banner of this website has partially collapsed.

Hope we could save the remaining of the tree. Time to think about how to support other branches on this tree.

Chemical Ecogenomics-Guided Genome Mining Uncovered Novel Phytotoxic α-Pyrones

posted Sep 19, 2018, 2:53 AM by Yit Heng Chooi

Our work describing the discovery of novel phytotoxic α-Pyrones from a fungal wheat pathogen using ecological transcriptomics-guided genome mining now online at Organic Letters!
Check it out - 

Well done Hang Li and Jinyu Hu!

Our cover art featured in OBC!

posted Mar 11, 2018, 6:53 PM by Yit Heng Chooi   [ updated Mar 18, 2018, 2:04 AM ]

Cover art featured in Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry for our Perspective on "Panning for gold in mould: can we increase the odd for fungal genome mining?" co-authored with PhD students Cameron Gilchrist and Hang Li.

Our New Perspective at OBC - Panning for Gold in Mould?

posted Feb 9, 2018, 3:48 PM by Yit Heng Chooi

Well done Cameron and Hang in putting this excellent review together! Cover art featuring this perspective coming up!

Sarah Negus is the ASM WA Vacation Scholarship winner!

posted Dec 14, 2017, 5:24 PM by Yit Heng Chooi

More award to our lab members!

Sarah has won the Australian Society of Microbiology (ASM) WA Vacation Scholarship Award to continue her research she pursued during her Honours project on the roles of secondary metabolites in the opportunistic human pathogen Talaromyces marneffei.

Well done Sarah and welcome back ;)

The 2017 Rowe Scientific Foundation Vacation Award winner is.... Sam Aslop

posted Dec 14, 2017, 5:15 PM by Yit Heng Chooi

Congratulations to the BPhil student Sam Aslop who won a Rowe Scientific Foundation Vacation Award to continue the BIOC3003/3005 research project he started in our lab during this summer vacation

Well done Sam! Well deserved!

Congratulations Sarah, Rebecca and Fiona!

posted Dec 14, 2017, 5:09 PM by Yit Heng Chooi

Congratulations to Sarah and Rebecca who has completed their Honours this year!

And also to Fiona who has successfully submitted her Master thesis!

Well done!

Welcome Simon!

posted Aug 29, 2017, 6:13 PM by Yit Heng Chooi

The lab welcomes Simon Keßler who hails from Germany. Simon did holds a BSc and a Master degree in Molecular Biotechnology from Technology University of Munich, Germany. He is starting his PhD in our lab where his project will focus on deciphering and engineering of fungal secondary metabolite biosynthetic pathways.

Prof Yi Tang from UCLA visiting Chooi lab and UWA

posted Jun 27, 2017, 2:53 PM by Yit Heng Chooi

It was a pleasure to host Prof Yi Tang's visit to our lab at UWA last week. Prof Tang gave a wonderful talk at the Bayliss Seminar Series at the School of Molecular Sciences and our group had some very stimulating discussions with him. Look forward to continuing successful collaboration in the future.

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