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.

Cytotoxic sesquiterpenes uncovered by expression of genes from medicinal mushroom

posted Jun 12, 2017, 9:52 PM by Yit Heng Chooi

Work by Dr. Yeannie Yap while she was in our lab has been published online today in Microbial Cell Factories. The work describes cytotoxic sesquiterpenes obtained by heterologous expression of sesquiterpene synthase genes from the medicinal Tiger Milk mushroom in yeast. Dr Yap was an Endeavour Awards Research Fellow supported by Australian Awards. She did a large part of the work while she is at ANU and at UWA. The work is a collaboration between Dr Shin-Yee Fung (University Malaya), A/Prof Peter Solomon (Australian National University), A/Prof Keith Stubbs (UWA), Szu-Ting Ng (Ligno-Biotech) and our lab.

Well done Yeannie!

BBQ by the Matilda Bay (belated post)

posted May 21, 2017, 9:40 PM by Yit Heng Chooi

We were lucky to get some good weather early May before winter hits. It was a beautiful day for BBQ and some fun with the LYK (little yellow kayak) by the beautiful Matilda Bay near the UWA campus. 

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