Associate Professor Tara Pukala

Senior Lecturer
Associate Professor Tara Pukala
  Org Unit Chemistry
  Telephone +61 8 8313 5497
  Location Floor/Room 2 22 ,  Badger ,   North Terrace

Career Summary:

2008-present: Senior Lecturer in Chemistry, School of Chemistry and Physics, University of Adelaide, Australia
2007-2008: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Cambridge, UK
2002-2006: PhD in Chemistry, University of Adelaide, Australia
1999-2001: BSc (Hons) in Chemistry, University of Adelaide, Australia

The University of Adelaide Faculty of Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award (2014)
Royal Society of South Australia HG Andrewartha Medal (2012)
Young Tall Poppy Science Award (2011)
South Australian Young Achiever (Science and Technology category winner, 2010)
The University of Adelaide Faculty of Sciences Early Career Research Excellence Award (2009)
The University of Adelaide Medal (2003)
George Fraser Ph.D. Scholarship and Ferry Trust for Chemistry and Physics Ph.D. Scholarship (2003)

Biological Structure Determination

Mass Spectrometry and NMR Spectroscopy

Biological and Synthetic Organic Chemistry

Physical Organic Chemistry

Foundations of Chemistry

My research interests are primarily focussed on the further development of mass spectrometric methods for the analysis of biological molecules, with particular application to the study of protein-protein interactions and large protein complexes.

Current projects include;

  • development of ion mobility-mass spectrometry (and complementary tools) for the study of large protein complexes
  • design of novel mass spectrometry amenable protein cross-linking strategies
  • mechanistic studies of protein misfolding and aggregation
  • structural analysis of triplex DNA

Visit the Pukala Group website for further details of current research projects and opportunities

A full publication list is available at

Vice President, Australian and New Zealand Society for Mass Spectrometry (ANZSMS)

Member of the Royal Australian Chemistry Institute (MRACI CChem)

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Entry last updated: Friday, 17 Mar 2017

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