Welcome! The Malins lab is a chemistry research group based at the Research School of Chemistry at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia.

Our research lies at the interface of organic chemistry and chemical biology. We aim to develop versatile new synthetic tools for small molecule synthesis, protein bioconjugation, and the design of peptide-based therapeutics. By expanding the toolbox of practical methods and reagents for the direct modification of complex biomolecules, we seek to understand their role in mediating biological processes as well as enhance their therapeutic potential.

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September 1, 2022: We had a great week in Sitges, Spain for the 36th European Peptide Symposium! Big congrats to Josh for bringing home a poster prize!

May 12, 2022: Congrats to our poster prize winners from the 8th Solid Phase Peptide Synthesis Symposium and the 14th Australian Peptide Conference! Well done Karen, Dhanya and Junming!

February 19, 2022: Junming’s fantastic cover art highlighting our BCB-TAD cycloaddition story is out today on the front cover of Org. Lett.! Thanks for designing and preparing this masterpiece, Junming!

February 2, 2022: Check out Andrew and Izzy’s Perspective article on umpolung peptide and protein modifications – out today in Chemical Science and selected as the Pick of the Week! Congrats, Andrew and Izzy!!

February 2, 2022: Congratulations to Yutong who was selected as a finalist for the 2021 Young Electrochemist Award from Metrohm/RACI Electrochemistry Division!

January 12, 2022: Congrats to Brett, Aidan, and Phil for their work on bicyclobutane-triazolinedione cycloadditions, out today in Org Lett

December 30, 2021: Check out our latest Perspective article on electrochemical peptide and protein modifications online today in JACS! It was a privilege to put this together during lockdown with the Payne group at USyd! Congrats Angus and Rich!

July 22, 2021: Yutong’s latest work detailing an electrochemical approach to designer C-terminal modifications is out today in JACS! Congrats Yutong!

April 21, 2021: Check out Brett’s paper on sulfated xylooligosaccharides, out today in Chem. Eur. J.! Congrats Brett!

July 30, 2020: Congrats to Yutong for getting her work on electrochemical peptide modifications accepted today in Chemical Science! Check it out here!


June 28, 2020: Congrats to Aidan on a great Honours year! Celebrating with some group fun – disc golf!

January 29, 2020: Welcome to our new Honours students, Hayden and Izzy!

December 10, 2019: Congrats to Brett, Meng Yao, and Riley – check out their latest work on bicyclobutanes!

October 14, 2019: Collaborative work with AstraZeneca, out online today in Angew. Chem.!

LSF histidine abstract

March 22, 2019: Farewell to Dr Michael Dlugosch – we’ll miss you! Thanks for all of your hard work in the lab and safe travels back to Germany!

February 28, 2019: Everyone working hard in the lab…new students are off to a fast start!


February 18, 2019: Congratulations, Samuel and Izzy, for giving great 3060 talks today! Welcome to our newest undergraduate ASC student, Lizzy Mee!

February 15, 2019: Group lunch at the Botanic Gardens!

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Malins lab, February 2019

February 11, 2019: Welcome to new PhD student, Chloe Larcombe!

February 4, 2019: Welcome to our newest PhD student, Karen Milewska!

January 29, 2019: First day of Honours! Welcome to our newest students, Connor Ryan and Riley Attard!

December 11, 2018: Congratulations to Michael and Tristan, the first Malins lab Honours graduates!

November 21, 2018: Lara and Yutong rock their stylish Baran lab t-shirts!

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November 6, 2018: Group lunch and celebration during clean-up week

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October 31, 2018: Congrats to Meng Yao for getting her latest paper accepted into Organic Letters!

Total Synthesis of Suillusin

Suillusin graphical abstract

October 26, 2018: Celebrating Honours thesis hand-in with frisbee in the courtyard!

October 15, 2018: Welcome to our newest group member, PhD student Yutong Lin!

September 12, 2018: Excited about the arrival of our newest gadget!

September 3, 2018: Just a Monday in the lab…


August 8, 2018: Welcome to Atul Sharma, who is joining us for a Semester 2 research project!

July 20, 2018: Kicking off semester 2 with group lunch at the Botanic Gardens!

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Malins Lab, July 2018 (Left to Right: Brett Schwartz, Aidan Smyth, Connor Ryan, Tristan Tyler, Lara Malins, Josh Hammond, Michael Clark)

July 16, 2018: Welcome new lab members – Brett Schwartz, Joshua Hammond and Connor Ryan!

June 25, 2018: Welcome to Aidan Smyth, who is joining us for the winter term!

June 25, 2018: A big thanks to Tian, Justine, and the rest of the Baran lab, as well as Sigma-Aldrich, for the generous gift of CITU!


May 21, 2018: Check out Lara’s News & Views article published today in Nature Chemistry! This article highlights some great work on selective tyrosine O-glycosylation carried out by the Schepartz lab and the Miller lab at Yale University!

April 18, 2018: Our latest article in Current Opinion in Chemical Biology is out! This review on peptide modifications is part of a themed issue on Synthetic biomolecules:

Peptide Modification and Cyclization via Transition-Metal Catalysis

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Mar. 3, 2018: Check out the group’s latest publication here, appearing online today in Peptide Science!

Decarboxylative coupling abstract website News

Feb. 19, 2018: Welcome to new CHEM 3060 student Michaela O’Meara!

Jan. 29, 2018: First day of Honours! Welcome to Tristan and Michael…already hard at work in the office!


Dec. 1, 2017: Wrapping up week 1 in the Malins lab!

…hard at work making peptides!

Nov. 27, 2017: Greetings to our newest lab members!

Maggie Tong – Summer Research Scholar (SRS) from the University of Sydney
Michael Clark – CHEM 3060 student @ ANU who will continue as an Honours student in semester 1, 2018
Edan Habel – CHEM 3060 student @ ANU

Nov. 22, 2017: Welcome to the Malins Lab! We are officially up and running @ the RSC!

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