John Carver

Professor John Carver is a Professor of Chemistry and Head of the School of Chemistry & Physics. In 2008, he became the Deputy Executive Dean of the Faculty of Sciences and, for all of 2009, he was also Acting Head of the School of Molecular and Biomedical Science.

Professor Carver undertook his undergraduate (Honours) degree in Chemistry at the University of Adelaide. In 1983, he was awarded his PhD in Biological Chemistry from the Australian National University (ANU) and subsequently undertook post-doctoral studies in Biochemistry at the Universities of Oxford and Adelaide.  In 1988, John took up a position as Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Wollongong where he subsequently became an Associate Professor.

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Throughout John’s career, his research has been in the area of peptide and protein structure, function and interactions. Of late, he has been concentrating on molecular chaperone proteins and their mechanism of stabilizing other proteins, particularly those involved in diseases of protein aggregation, e.g. Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases and cataract. In particular, John has received international acclaim for his work on the major eye lens protein (and related proteins). He utilises a diversity of spectroscopic, biophysical and protein chemical techniques for his research, with NMR spectroscopy being at the forefront.  He has co-authored over 130 research publications.

John has received a variety of international awards for his research including a Menzies Bicentennial Fellowship, an Italian Government Fellowship and the British Council Partnership for Excellence award. John has been a Visiting Scholar at Wolfson College, Oxford, a Visiting Fellow at the Research School of Chemistry, ANU and an Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

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