Dr Nicole Lawrence

Senior Research Fellow

Institute for Molecular Bioscience
+61 7 344 36298


My research focuses on using host defence molecules as the basis for designing peptide-based drugs with improved safety and reduced likelihood of drug resistance to combat infectious disease caused by pathogenic bacteria and malaria parasites. Zooming in to investigate molecular interactions at the cell surface and inside infected cells allows me to describe and refine how drug candidates overcome disease organisms to produce the next generation of antimicrobial drugs.

Research Interests

  • Developing next generation medicines from antimicrobial peptides
    Developing new drugs from natures host defence molecules - with improved safety and less likely to induce drug resistance.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


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PhD and MPhil Supervision

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