Researcher biography

A/Prof. Mehdi Mobli (PhD, 2004) is a Principal Research Fellow at the University of Queensland’s Centre for Advanced Imaging. His research is in the field of structural biology, where his research group has a particular interest in understanding the mechanisms of ion-channel function in health and disease, using natural ligands from animal venoms. In addition, his group is also well known for technical and theoretical contributions to the field of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy.

Mehdi graduated as a chemical engineer from Chalmers University in Sweden. He was awarded an industry-sponsored CASE award by GlaxoSmithKline, to undertake a PhD degree at the University of Liverpool (UK). His first postdoctoral position was at the University of Connecticut Medical School, where he worked on methods to improve resolution and throughput of protein structure determination by NMR. Following a brief postdoctoral position at the University of Manchester, working on the role of dynamics in the biological function of glycans, he commenced his final postdoctoral position at UQ working on the structural elucidation of spider venom peptides.

Mehdi established his research group in 2012 through the award of an ARC Future Fellowship at the Centre for Advanced Imaging. He has published ~80 research articles, 13 book chapters and 2 books. His research has been supported by competitive grant funding (>$8 M from 2011-2018). He was awarded the 2013 Sir Paul Callaghan Medal of the ANZMAG Society for his contributions to the field of NMR spectroscopy and later he received the 2017 Tregear Award by the Australian Peptide Society for his work in the field of Peptide research and most recently he received the 2018 MERCK Research Medal from the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology for his contributions to structural biology.

Keywords: Structural biology, High-throughput multidimensional NMR, Protein structure, function and dynamics, Structure-based drug design

Group members

See the Mobli laboratory page for current group members.


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