About

Dr Wilson obtained his undergraduate degree in chemistry and biochemistry from the University of Melbourne, with Honours in physical chemisty. He then completed a PhD at The University of Queensland in 2001 on ‘The identification and characterisation of Australian funnel-web spider venom’. Upon completion of these studies he held a research position at Xenome Ltd, a start-up biopharmaceutical company. This work involved the identification of venom molecules from marine cone snails, spiders and scorpions with potential as therapeutics for the treatment of pain. One outcome from this work was the development of a small cone snail venom molecule to clinical trials for the treatment of acute postoperative pain and chronic pain (e.g. pain associated with cancer). He has since held positions as a postdoctoral researcher investigating the use of spider venom molecules as pesticides, and as a professional officer (administrative and laboratory support) at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland. In 2009 he completed a MBA at the Queensland University of Technology, concentrating on finance entrepreneurship. He has been awarded an ARC Linkage grant and a National Breast Cancer Foundation Novel Concept grant. In January 2012, he accepted a position to manage the Advanced Proteomics and NMR Facility at the Queensland Tropical Health Alliance, James Cook University. His research interests include exploring the potential of venom molecules, particularly spiders, as novel drug leads for the treatment of diseases such as cancer.

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Research
  • Identification and characterisation of novel Australian funnel-web spider venom components.
  • The use of venom composition "fingerprints" as taxonomic tools.
  • Behaviour and personality in Australian funnel-web spiders.
  • Identification and characterisation of novel scorpion venom components.
  • Venom regeneration and plasticity in scorpions.
  • Identification and characterisation of novel venom components from cone snails.
  • Peptide and protein folding and structure.
  • Novel venom component identification and characterisation.
Experience
  • 2012 to 2020 - Senior Laboratory and Technical Support Specialist, Jame Cook University (Cairns, QLD, Australia)
  • 2009 to 2011 - Administrative Assistant (Research), University of Queensland (Brisbane, QLD, Australia)
  • 2007 to 2009 - Senior Research Officer, University of Queensland (Brisbane, QLD, Australia)
  • 2001 to 2009 - Research Officer/Manager and IT Manager, Xenome Ltd (Brisbane, QLD, Australia)
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Honours
Awards
  • 2016 to 2017 - AITHM Capacity Building Grant.
  • 2011 to 2013 - National Breast Cancer Foundation Novel Concept Grant.
  • 2007 to 2010 - ARC Linkage Grant - New modulators of voltage-gated sodium channel subtypes from Australian Tarantula venoms.
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  • Structure and Function of Novel Peptides from Cone Snail Venom (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • The role of “Daun Patah Tulang” (Euphorbia tirucalli) as a traditional remedy for healing (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Structure, function and synthesis of anti-inflammatory peptides targeting inflammatory bowel diseases (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Venomic Ecology in Cubozoans (Box Jellyfish) (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Folding Analysis of Granulins (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • From factors to contexts: analysing changes in funnel-web spider personality based on venom profile, body state and condition (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • An investigation into Australian scorpion venoms (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • C. Fleckeri Mode of Action Investigation (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Novel Peptides from Marine Organisms (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
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