Associate Professor Tara Pukala

Associate Professor Tara Pukala
 Position Associate Professor
 Org Unit Chemistry
 Telephone +61 8 8313 5497
 Location Floor/Room 2 22 ,  Badger ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    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

  • Awards & Achievements

    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)

  • Teaching Interests

    Biological Structure Determination

    Mass Spectrometry and NMR Spectroscopy

    Biological and Synthetic Organic Chemistry

    Physical Organic Chemistry

    Foundations of Chemistry

  • Research Interests

    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

  • Publications

    A full publication list is available at

  • Professional Associations

    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: Saturday, 17 Feb 2018

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