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Dr Peter Duggan

Senior Principal Research Scientist

https://people.csiro.au/D/P/Peter-Duggan

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PRIVATE BAG 10
CLAYTON SOUTH VIC 3169 AUSTRALIA

Biography

Peter oversees CSIRO's Botanical Extracts Laboratory (BEL), a secure, state-of-the-art facility based in Melbourne, which is equipped with modern instruments for the extraction, refinement, formulation and analysis of plant-derived products. Staff in the BEL assist Australian companies to bring their botanical extracts to the market or help them to maintain their world leading positions through technological innovation.

A key focus of the BEL is our work with controlled substances of plant origin. The BEL holds all of the required Victorian State and Federal licences to allow the commercial development of medical cannabis products to take place within the facility. CSIRO is the only Australian research institute licenced for such activities.

Peter’s research specialities include bioorganic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, plant natural products and cannabis chemistry. He has recently published a "Primer Review" on Cannabis and Cannabinoids: https://doi.org/10.1071/CH21006 . The article is fully open access and the link can be freely shared anywhere in the world.

Originally trained in physical organic chemistry, free radical chemistry and organic synthesis in his PhD at ANU, Peter gained experience in molecular recognition, enzymology and enzyme mimicry in his post doctoral studies at Columbia (NYC) and Cambridge Universities. He spent over ten years as a teaching and research academic (James Cook and Monash Universities) before moving to CSIRO in 2004. He continues to be involved in the higher education sector through the co-supervision of PhD students, and an Adjunct Professorship at Flinders University. He has a long standing collaboration with Assoc Prof Kellie Tuck (Monash U) and Prof Richard Lewis (IMB, U of Queensland) developing small-molecule inhibitors of neuronal calcium ion channels associated with neuropathic pain. He has also co-supervised a number of PhD students at Flinders University with Assoc Prof Martin Johnston. Peter has supervised or co-supervised 2 MSc and 12 PhD students to completion. He has also co-authored over 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and over 35 confidential client reports.

Current Roles

  • Team Leader
    Bioorganic Chemistry

  • Adjunct Professor
    Flinders University

  • Project Leader
    CANN Group - Medicinal Cannabis Manufacture

  • Project Leader
    Commercial Manufacture of Plant Extracts - with various small-to-medium Australian companies

  • Co-supervisor
    Design and Synthesis of Small Molecules as Neuronal Calcium Ion Channel Blockers Relevant to Neuropathic Pain

  • Co-supervisor
    Chemical Transformations of Pyrethrins

  • Co-supervisor
    Natural Products from Australian Native Plants and their Symbionts

Academic Qualifications

  • 1985

    BSc(Hons) Flinders University

  • 1990

    PhD (ANU) Physical Organic/Free Radical Chemistry

Professional Experiences

  • 2008-2018

    Associate Editor, Australian Journal of Chemistry
    CSIRO Publishing

  • 2012-2015

    Adjunct Associate Professor
    Flinders University

  • 2007-2014

    Various Team & Group Leader Roles
    CSIRO MHT/CMSE

  • 2007-2015

    Principal Research Scientist
    CSIRO MHT/CMSE

  • 2004-2007

    Senior Research Scientist
    CSIRO Molecular and Health Technologies

  • 2004-2007

    Honorary Associate Professor
    Monash University

  • 1996-2004

    Lecturer-Senior Lecturer
    Monash University

  • 1994-1996

    Lecturer
    James Cook University

  • 1992-1993

    Post Doctoral Fellow
    University of Cambridge

  • 1990-1992

    Post Doctoral Fellow
    Columbia University, New York

Achievements and Awards

  • 2005-present

    Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute

  • 1998

    Monash Science Society Award for Excellence in Teaching

  • 1984

    The Royal Australian Chemical Institute (SA Branch) Prize, Flinders University

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2016

    Chair, RACI Vic Bioactive Discovery & Development Group

  • 2015

    Co-chair, Boronic Acids Symposium, Pacifichem 2015

  • 2015

    Chair, Melbourne RACI Medicinal Chemistry & Chemical Biology Symposium

  • 2015

    Treasurer, RACI Vic Bioactive Discovery & Development Group

  • 2010

    Co-chair, Boronic Acids Symposium, Pacifichem 2010

  • 2005-2006

    Secretary &Co-Founder, RACI Vic Bioactive Discovery & Development Group

  • 2003

    Chair, RACI National Organic Chemistry Conference

Publications

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