Our lab 1st independent JACS publication!

posted May 8, 2019, 9:41 PM by Yit Heng Chooi

Congratulations to Jinyu, the 1st PhD student of Chooi lab, for his paper published in the prestigious Journal of American Chemical Society. Hang Li, another PhD student, is also a co-author on this paper.

Please check out the work titled "Fungal Dirigent Protein Controls the Stereoselectivity of Multicopper Oxidase-Catalyzed Phenol Coupling in Viriditoxin Biosynthesis" at

Welcome Thom Booth!

posted May 8, 2019, 9:35 PM by Yit Heng Chooi   [ updated May 8, 2019, 9:43 PM ]

Dr Thom Booth has joined the Chooi lab and started his research on a project funded by CRC-P in collaboration with Microbial Screening Technologies (, Dr Andrew Piggott at Macquarie University and Advanced Veterinary Therapeutics. 

Thom hails from the UK and did his PhD under the guidance of Prof Barrie Wilkinson at the John Innes Centre, Norwich.

His research will focus on genome mining of Australian actinobacteria to uncover new antibiotics.

2019 Update!

posted Jan 24, 2019, 8:47 AM by Yit Heng Chooi   [ updated Jan 24, 2019, 8:51 AM ]

Finally, get to update the Members page of the website (procrastinating from doing what I supposed to do).

At the end of 2018, we farewell Nico who have been with us for eight months under his CEPAS Exchange Program Fellowship from the Brazilian Government. It has been fun and productive. Hope he could come visit us again, we missed you Nico!
We also congratulate our graduated Masters and Honours students (Fiona and Sarah) who got a job last year, and most recently being Ronan who just joined Proteomics International early this year! 
Also big congratulations to Coco Xie who did her Master project in Chooi lab and obtained an RTP Scholarship.
At the beginning of 2019, we also welcome Susan Lean, who is an RTP scholar as well.

Look forward to another fun, fulfilling and productive year ahead! 

Below picture of our 2018 end of year joint lab retreat with Waters lab :-)

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!

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