Jim Burnell D.Phil., B.Sc.

Molecular Sciences Annex, James Cook University,
Townsville, 4811, Queensland, Australia
Telephone: 61-7-4781 5684 Fax:  61-7-4781 6078


B.Sc., Latrobe University 
D.Phil., Oxford University 

Current Position
1996 - , Professor - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology James Cook University

Previous Positions:
1994 - 1996, Reader, James Cook University 
1991-1994, Associate Professor, University of Queensland 
1989-1990, Associate Professor, Bond University, School of Science and Technology 
1982-1989, Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO, Division of Plant Industry 
1977-1981, Lecturer, Murdoch University, Biochemistry and Cell Biology 
1976 - 1977, Research Fellow, John Curtin School of Medical Research, Canberra

Honours and Awards:
Commonwealth Scholarship 1970-1972 (LaTrobe); Post Graduate Commonwealth Scholarship 1973 (LaTrobe); Royal Exhibition of 1851Scholar, 1973-5 (Oxford University); Goldacre Medal from Australian Society of Plant Physiologists 1985; Boehringer Medal from the Australian Biochemical Society 1986; Senior Research Fellowship -Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science  1990; JCU Research Excellence Award 2000; JCU Entrepreneurial Excellence Award 2005

Research Interests:
        Professor Burnell's Biotechnology Laboratory is currently characterising the proteins found in a variety of animal venoms including jellyfish and taipan venoms. His research group is also investigating the control of expression of maize carbonic anhydrase isozymes as well as comparing the nucleotide and amino acid sequences of transferrin and saxiphilin from the Queensland cane toad (Bufo marinus).
        Professor Burnell, together with Dr. Lyndon Llewellyn from the Australian Institute of Marine Sciences, is also involved in a range of collaborative biotechnology projects involving the biological resources of North Queensland. Projects include the development of rapid throughput screening assays and the screening of the Australian Institute of Marine Sciences marine collection for compounds with herbicidal and pharmaceutical activity.



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