Dr Robert Reid

Senior Research Fellow

Institute for Molecular Bioscience
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I am an Organic Chemist and research the design and preparation of new medicines for diseases including arthritis and cancer

Dr. Robert C. Reid was awarded B.Sc. Hons 1 (1986) and Ph.D. (1990) degrees from the University of Sydney, Department of Organic Chemistry. He studied the stereospecific total synthesis of complex natural products with Professor Max J. Crossley and then undertook postdoctoral studies with Professor Sir Jack E. Baldwin FRS at the Dyson Perrins Laboratory, Oxford University UK (1990-93) studying the biosynthesis of penicillins. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (formerly known as the Centre for Drug Design and Development) at the University of Queensland with Professor David Fairlie. Research interests include Organic Synthesis, medicinal chemistry, drug design and development, nonpeptidic GPCR antagonists, natural products, protease inhibitors, other enzyme inhibitors, and peptidomimetics.


  • PhD, The University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), The University of Sydney


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Featured Publications

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Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Chua, Ming Jang, Do, Darren, Bachu, Prabhakar, Reid, Robert, Fairlie, David, Skinner-Adams, Tina and Andrews, Kathy (2017). Activity of the histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor AR-42 in a murine malaria model. In: 66th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH), Baltimore, MD United States, (493-493). 5-09 November 2017.

  • Mak, Jeffrey, Xu, Weijun, Reid, Robert, Corbett, Alexandra, Meehan, Bronwyn, Wang, Huimeng, Chen, Zhenjun, Rossjohn, Jamie, McCluskey, James, Liu, Ligong and Fairlie, David (2017). Vitamin B2 related molecules that activate T cells. In: 254th National Meeting and Exposition of the American-Chemical-Society (ACS) on Chemistry's Impact on the Global Economy, Washington DC, USA, (). 20-24 August 2017.

  • Fairlie, David P. , Yau, Mei-Kwan , Hamidon, Johan K. , Singh, Ranee , Lim, Junxian , Suen, Jacky Y. , Rowley, Jessica A. , Lohman, Rink-Jan , Stoermer, Martin J. , Iyer, Abishek and Reid, Robert C. (2015). Downsizing Proteins Without Losing Potency or Function. In: Ved Srivastava, Andrei Yudin and Michal Lebl, Proceedings of the 24th American Peptide Symposium. American Peptide Symposium 2015, Orlando , Florida, United States, (). 20-25 June 2015. doi:10.17952/24APS.2015.016

  • Barbero, Sheila, Reid, Robert C., Stoermer, Martin J., Lohman, Rink J. and Fairlie, David P. (2013). Toward more orally bioavailable inhibitors of phospholipase A(2) GIIA (pla2g2a) to treat chronic inflammation. In: Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society. 246th National Meeting of the American-Chemical-Society (ACS), Indianapolis, IN, United States, (). 8-12 September 2013.

  • Yau, Annika M., Liu, Ligong, Reid, Robert C., Barry, Grant D., Suen, Jacky Y., Lohman, Rink-Jan, Le, Giang T., Cotterell, Adam and Fairlie, David P. (2011). Novel agonists and antagonists for protease activated receptor 2. In: Abstracts of Papers of the 242nd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (242nd, ACS, 2011), Denver, CO, U.S.A., (). 28 August-1 September 2011.

  • Beyer, Renee L., Kelso, Michael J., Reid, Robert C., Le, Giang T. and Fairlie, David P. (2006). MEDI 181-Alpha helix induction in HIV REV34-50 by N-terminal nucleators. In: Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society. , , (). .

  • Beyer, Renee L., Kelso, Michael J., Reid, Robert C., Le, Giang T. and Fairlie, David P. (2006). Alpha helix induction in HIV REV34-50 by N-terminal nucleators. In: Chemical Engineering News: Abstracts-232nd ACS National Meeting. 232nd ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, U.S.A., (55-55). 10-14 September, 2006. doi:10.1021/cen-v084n034.p055

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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