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Prof

Neil O'Brien-Simpson

Professor
science & technology
life sciences & biomedicine
humans
porphyromonas gingivalis
animals
mice
immunology
biochemistry & molecular biology
dentistry, oral surgery & medicine
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Prof

Neil O'Brien-Simpson

 
Division
Medicine, Dentistry And Health Sciences
 
Primary Interest
Cancer Research - Therapeutics And Vaccines
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Prof

Neil O'Brien-Simpson

 

Neil O’Brien-Simpson has an interdisciplinary background, combining organic and peptide chemistry with microbiology and immunology to develop novel vaccines and therapeutics and investigating the immune response to pathogens. Thus his field of research is in chemical biology/immunology and host/pathogen (bacteria/fungi) mucosal interaction.

He was originally trained in biological sciences and management at Edinburgh Napier University (Edinburgh, Scotland) and worked at I.C.I Chemicals and Polymers Division (Grangemouth and Runcorn) as a research organic chemist. In 1993 he was awarded an Overseas postgraduate research scholarship and a CRC for vaccine technology scholarship to study for his Ph.D at The University of Melbourne, Department of Microbiology and Immunology. During his Ph.D he was trained in peptide chemistry and immunology and developed in his thesis a method of producing a multi-valent peptide vaccine, which resulted in several publications and a patent. After being awarded his Ph.D he went to the Melbourne Dental School, The University of Melbourne, to do postdoctoral research with Eric Reynolds on the development of a vaccine against the bacterium Porphyromonas gingivalis a causative agent of periodontitis. At the Melbourne Dental School A/Prof O’Brien-Simpson has established a peptide/organic chemistry laboratory and a microbial-immunology laboratory to conduct research into AMPs, vaccines and bacterial immunity. He was part of a team in 2003 and 2009 that was awarded a Co-operative Research Centre grant for establishing the CRC for Oral Health Science and Oral Health CRC, respectively served as a Program Leader (2003-2009) and currently as a Project Manager for vaccine design and therapeutic development.

Projects

Displaying the 26 most recent projects by Neil O'Brien-Simpson.

26

Projects

Project Types


23

Research Grant


2

Internal Research Grant


1

Research Contracts


Scholarly Works

Displaying the 139 most recent scholarly works by Neil O'Brien-Simpson.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships

2003

Oral Biology Award

International Association of Dental Research-ANZ division

2000

Gordon Research Conference Young Investigator Travel Award

Gordon Research Institute

2000

IADR/Unilever Hatton Award

International Association of Dental Research

1999

Colgate Prize for Dental Research

International Association of Dental Research-ANZ division

1999

Victorian IADR Colgate Travel Award

International Association of Dental Research-ANZ division

1993

Melbourne University Postgraduate Scholarship

Melbourne University

1993

Cooperative Research Centre for Vaccine Technology Research Scholarship

Cooperative Research Centre for Vaccine Technology

1993

Overseas Postgraduate Research Scholarship (OPRS). Australian Commonwealth Government sponsored

Australian Commonwealth Government

1992

University Medal. Napier University

Napier University

2016

MASM - Member of the Australian Society for Microbiology


2015

MRACI - Member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute


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Awards

Credentials

Positions


Professor

Melbourne Dental School

Academic Research

Bio21 Institute

Mraci Cchem

Royal Australian Chemical Institute

Member

Australian Society for Microbiology

President, Peptide Users Group

Royal Australian Chemical Institute

Education


Doctor of Philosophy

University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Science (Hons)

Napier University Edinburgh