Assistant Professor Anne Conibear
Since 1th of September, the Insitute of Applied Synthetic Chemistry has a new female member! On behalf of FemChem, we would like to extend a warm welcome to her. In the following, we would like to shortly introduce her to you:
Anne Conibear is a protein chemist with a focus on deciphering how posttranslational modifications regulate the structure and function of proteins in health and disease. Following education in Zimbabwe, she completed her B.Sc.(Hons) and M.Sc. in Chemistry at Rhodes University, South Africa. She then moved to the University of Queensland, Australia for her PhD (2014), focusing on the structural characterisation and applications of cyclic disulfide-rich peptides from mammals, the theta-defensins. In 2014, she was awarded an Interdisciplinary Cancer Research Marie-Curie co-fund postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Vienna and worked on targeted immune-stimulating molecules for cancer therapy. She returned to the University of Queensland in 2019 with a UQ Development Fellowship to start an independent project on the synthesis and structure of posttranslationally modified proteins. Complementary to her research, Anne places a high value on teaching and mentoring young researchers. She also enjoys being part of a global community of scientists and aims to promote opportunities for discussion between researchers from different career stages, fields and regions. From 2022, Anne will take up a tenure track position at TU Wien and looks forward to the adventure of establishing her independent research group in protein chemistry.
Outside of work, Anne enjoys hiking, being outside and exploring new places. Research has provided great opportunities to travel and make friends with people from all over the world. Other hobbies include singing in a choir, experimenting in the kitchen, reading, and trying to improve her German.