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Professor Jonathan Harris
Professor in Protein Biochemistry
Faculty of Health,
School - Biomedical Sciences
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Biomedical Sciences - CDA
Discipline *
Biochemistry and Cell Biology
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PhD in Biochemistry (University of Queensland)


Drug design, Molecular modelling, Protein chemistry

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Research theme: Health
Research discipline: Cell and Molecular Biosciences
Research areas
Alternative Androgen Blockade: The dominant strategy in chemotherapy for prostate cancer is to prevent testosterone from reaching the prostate tumour and stimulating its growth, a scheme known as androgen blockade. Testosterone is the dominant male hormone; consequently removing it has a range of undesirable side effects. Our research is directed at providing a complementary approach to androgen blockade without the side effects.
Prevention of prostate cancer metastasis: Previous work in the hormone dependent cancer research program has identified the protease KLK4 as a potential target in preventing metastasis of prostate cancer cells. Accordingly we have developed inhibitors to this enzyme and these are being tested on prostate tumour cells growing in test tube conditions to gauge their effects on metastatic behaviour.
Enhancing hormone action: The hormone Ghrelin has a potential therapeutic role in treatment of eating disorders. We have designed and synthesised a novel form of the hormone with enhanced stability and increased potency when tested on cells grown under experimental conditions.

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Teaching discipline: Cell and Molecular Biosciences

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