Associate Professor Brett A Neilan

University of New South Wales

Brett established his research group at the University of New South Wales in 1997 after postdoctoral studies at Stanford and Humboldt (Berlin) Universities. The main topic of their work is the genetics of toxic cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) and their research has led to the discovery of three of the four biochemical pathways that are responsible for the production of toxins in our water supplies. In addition, Brett’s biodiversity studies investigate the origins and evolution of life on Earth and are the basis for the discovery and characterisation of the biosynthesis of pharmaceutically active compound, such as antibiotics and immunosuppressants.