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Phurpa Wangchuk

Research Fellow
Biodiscovery and Molecular Development of Therapeutics
James Cook University


Dr. Phurpa Wangchuk is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) early career fellowship holder at JCU. He was an Australian Endeavour Award Holder in 2010-2014 and completed his PhD in Natural Products Chemistry with examiners' special commendation for ‘Outstanding Thesis’ from the University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia. His research project on the phytochemical analysis, bioassays and the identification of drug lead compounds from the medicinal plants resulted into numerous awards, research papers and a patent on the novel antimalarial drug lead compound.

Research Interest

Currently, his research at Professor Alex Loukas Laboratory involve the metabolomics, biodiscovery and molecular characterisation of the anti-inflammatory and anthelmintic small molecules from worms, medicinal plants and entomopathogenic fungi using HPLC, MALDI-MS, GCMS, NMR, and the in vitro, in vivo and ex vivo experimental models.

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