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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Conference Publication

  • Fairlie, David, Reid, Robert, Rowley, Jessica, Wu, Kai-Chen, Yau, Mei-Kwan, Lim, Junxian and Iyer, Abishek (2019). Heterocycles for switching GPCR ligand conformation and activity. National Meeting of the American-Chemical-Society (ACS), Orlando Fl, 31 March-4 April 2019. Washington, DC USA :American Chemical Society.

  • 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. 66th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH), Baltimore, MD United States, 5-09 November 2017. Deerfield, IL United States :American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

  • 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. 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. Washington DC, USA :American Chemical Society.

  • 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. American Peptide Symposium 2015, Orlando , Florida, United States, 20-25 June 2015. American Peptide Society. 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. 246th National Meeting of the American-Chemical-Society (ACS), Indianapolis, IN, United States, 8-12 September 2013. Washington, DC, United States :American Chemical Society.

  • 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. National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (242nd, ACS, 2011), Denver, CO, U.S.A., 28 August-1 September 2011. WASHINGTON :AMER CHEMICAL SOC.

  • 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. WASHINGTON :AMER CHEMICAL SOC.

  • 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. 232nd ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, U.S.A., 10-14 September, 2006. American Chemical Society. doi: 10.1021/cen-v084n034.p055

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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