Our people

Our people

Group Leader

Dr Morten Thaysen-Andersen

PhD, Glycoprotein Chemistry in 2009 from University of Southern Denmark under the expert guidance of Prof. Peter Hojrup. Facilitated by multiple competitive fellowships, I then completed several postdoctoral fellowship periods in 2009-13 at Glyco@MQ, Macquarie University under the leadership of the Distinguished Prof. Nicki Packer. Enabled by the prestigious Cancer Institute NSW ECR fellowship, I started the Analytical Glycoimmunology Group in 2014.

The team is currently situated in the Biomolecular Discovery and Design Research Centre (BDDRC) in the Department of Molecular Sciences (MolSci) at Macquarie University and continues to have close ties with Glyco@MQ and the Australian Proteome Analysis Facility (APAF).


Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Dr Hannes Hinneburg

I received my BSc in Biotechnology in 2009, and my MSc in 2011, both from the “Beuth-Hochschule für Technik Berlin ”. During my PhD from 2011-2015 at the Max-Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces (Glycoproteomic) in Potsdam (Germany), I was mainly focused on the development of highly sensitive analytical methods for glycan biomarker studies in clinical samples and fine tuning several instrument parameters in order to improve the information content of glycopeptide fragmentation data.

I joined the Analytical Glycoimmunology Group as a Post-Doc fellow in 2017. In my current project I focus on elucidating the role of protein glycosylation and carbohydrate receptors in macrophage and neutrophil cross-talk during Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection.

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Dr Rebeca Kawahara Sakuma

I received my PhD in Functional and Molecular Biology in 2015 from University of Campinas, Brazil. Enabled by multiple competitive Brazilian fellowships I then completed a postdoctoral position with a focus on molecular cancer research in the Glycoproteomics group of Prof Giuseppe Palmisano, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil (2015-17) and meanwhile also experienced other high profile (glyco)proteomics laboratories including Prof Michael MacCoss, University of Washington (2014), Prof Martin R. Larsen, University of Southern Denmark (2016) and, lately, Dr Morten Andersen and Prof Nicki Packer, Macquarie University (2017-18) as a visiting fellow. 

I joined the Analytical Glycoimmunology Group in 2019 as a prestigious Cancer Institute NSW Early Career Development Fellow (2019-22). My current focus is to understand how protein N-glycosylation modulates the tumour microenvironment and impacts the immune- and cancer-related anti- and pro-inflammatory processes in colorectal cancer.

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PhD Candidates

Mr Harry Tjondro

I received my BSc in Biomedical Science in 2011 from University of Bradford and my MSc in Biotechnology in 2016 from Tsinghua University.

I joined the Analytical Glycoimmunology Group as a PhD candidate in 2017. In my current PhD projects I focus on performing deep structural characterization of key neutrophil glycoproteins including myeloperoxidase using glycomics, glycopeptide and glycoprotein-based mass spectrometry to decode how the unusual neutrophil glycosylation impacts neutrophil function in health and relevant diseases such as cystic fibrosis and sepsis.


Ms Sayantani Chatterjee

I received my BSc in Microbiology (Honours) in 2015 from St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), India and my Master of Research in Chemistry and Bio-molecular Sciences in 2017 from Macquarie University, Australia.

I joined the Analytical Glycoimmunology Group as a PhD candidate in 2018. In my current PhD project, I focus on performing structural characterisation of mannose-6-phosphate glycoproteins from lysosomes and granular neutrophils in healthy and diseased states using glycomics and glycoproteomics to decode the extracellular roles of this modification in inflammation and cancer.


Mr Yudong Guan

I received my BSc in Biological Science in 2013 from Beihua University, China and then my MSc in Biological Engineering in 2016 from Shandong University, China.

I joined the Mass Spectrometric Proteomics Group situated in Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), Germany as a PhD candidate in 2016 under the supervision of Prof Hartmut Schlüter.

I plan to join the Analytical Glycoimmunology Group as a Joint PhD student with UKE in late 2019. In my current PhD candidature I focus on developing new mass spectrometry-based glycoanalytical and glycoinformatics strategies for deep characterisation of the human glycome and glycoproteome in a biomarker discovery context.

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Ms Priya Dipta

I earned my BSc in Microbiology, Botany, and Chemistry in 2014 and then my MSc in Life Sciences in 2016 from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore University, India.

I am currently a PhD student under the supervision of Prof Boaz Tirosh, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel where I investigate the detrimental effects of anti-schizophrenic drugs on the immune system, metabolism and type 2 diabetes.

I will join the Analytical Glycoimmunology Group in 2020 as a cotutelle PhD student with the Hebrew University to explore these adverse effects of the anti-schizophrenic drugs from a glycobiology perspective.

Master of Research Candidates

Mr Julian Ugonotti

I received my B Medical Sciences in 2018 from Macquarie University where I developed a strong interest for Glycobiology.

I joined the Analytical Glycoimmunology Group as a MRes candidate in 2019. My current MRes project aims to utilise glycomics, glycoproteomics and functional assays to investigate the biosynthesis and function of unconventional glycans that decorate neutrophil primary granule proteins, with particular emphasis on myeloperoxidase.

Mrs Anastasia Chernykh

I received my BSc in Virology in 2016 from Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia.

I joined the Analytical Glycoimmunology Group as a Master of Research candidate in 2019. In my current project, I focus on performing deep structural characterisation of Corticosteroid-Binding Globulin (CBG) using glycomics and glycopeptide-based mass spectrometry to decode how CBG glycosylation impacts the protein functions in different physiological conditions.

Research Volunteer

Mr Kevin Chau

I am a senior-year Advanced Science student majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Sciences at Macquarie University, my secondary major is Cognitive and Brain Sciences.

I joined the Analytical Glycoimmunology Group as a research volunteer in 2018. My current project involves studying and characterising mouse microglial receptors that recognise the synapse glycoepitopes mapped over the circadian rhythm, thus decoding the mechanisms underpinning the selective removal of synapses by microglial receptors in the brain during sleep.


Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Dr Zeynep Sumer-Bayraktar
Dr Jodie L. Abrahams
Dr Vignesh Venkatakrishnan

PhD Candidates (Graduation year, Principal Supervision)

Dr Atul Bhatnagar (2019)
Dr Ian Loke (2017)
Dr Lee Ling (2015)
Dr Manveen Sethi (2015)

Master of Research Candidate (Graduation year, Principal Supervision)

Ms Sayantani Chatterjee (2018)

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