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).

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Postdoctoral Research Fellows

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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Dr Carolina Moretto Carnielli

I received my PhD in Science in 2018 from University of Campinas, Brazil. During my PhD and now as a post-doctoral fellow, my focus is to identify prognostic biological markers for oral cancer using clinical samples and proteomics based strategies, under the supervision of Prof Adriana F. Paes Leme at the Brazilian Center for Research in Energy and Materials (CNPEM), Brazilian Biosciences National Laboratory (LNBio).

I joined the Analytical Glycoimmunology Group in 2020 as a Visiting Fellow. In collaboration with Dr Morten Andersen, Macquarie University, my current focus is to characterize protein N- and O-glycosylation in oral cancer tissues and verify the correlation of glycosylation changes to disease prognosis and patient outcome as potential prognostic markesr for oral 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.

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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-containing 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.

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Mr Julian Ugonotti

I received my B Medical Sciences in 2018 and my Master of Research in 2019 from Macquarie University.

I joined the Analytical Glycoimmunology group as a MRes candidate in 2019, where I investigated the biosynthesis and functions of the paucimannosidic-rich N-glycosylation of human myeloperoxidase, a key glycoprotein in the neutrophil-mediated innate immune response.

In January 2020, I commenced my PhD candidature, with my project aiming to utilise glycomics, glycoproteomics and functional assays to investigate the immune-modulatory roles of protein paucimannosylation on key neutrophil glycoproteins, such as myeloperoxidase, and more broadly throughout the human innate immune system.

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Mrs Anastasia Chernykh

I received my BSc in Virology in 2016 from Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia and my Master of Research in 2020 from Macquarie University.

I joined the Analytical Glycoimmunology Group as a Master of Research candidate in 2019 and commenced my PhD candidature in March 2020. In my current project, I focus on performing deep structural characterisation of Corticosteroid-Binding Globulin (CBG) using advanced mass spectrometry to decode how CBG glycosylation impacts the protein functions in different physiological conditions.

Ms Elizabeta Madzharova

I received my BSc in Molecular Biology in 2011 from Plovdiv University, Bulgaria and my MSc in Chemistry and Molecular Biology in 2016 from Roskilde University, Denmark. Currently, I am a PhD student in the Protease Network Degradomics group at the Technical University of Denmark, where I am working on a project, focused on defining the functional modification of matrix metalloproteinases 9 by glycosylation, essential for the deciphering of the multi-layered regulatory puzzle of this proteinase.

I joined the Analytical Glycommunology group in 2020 as a visiting PhD student.  During my 4 months research stay at Dr. Andersen’s lab, I will focus on learning glycomics and glycoproteomics techniques, with strong intentions to apply them for my own PhD project.

Master of Research Candidate

Mr Kevin Chau

I received my Bachelor of Advanced Science majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular – Cognitive and Brain Sciences in 2019 at Macquarie University.

I am currently in my first year of Master of Research at Macquarie University.

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.

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Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Dr Hannes Hinneburg
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)

Mr Julian Ugonotti (2019)
Mrs Anastasia Chernykh (2019)
Ms Sayantani Chatterjee (2018)

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