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Dr Michele R. Prinsep

Senior Lecturer (Organic Chemistry)

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Canterbury, PhD. Canterbury, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of Hawaii (1990-1991). Research leave Cambridge (1994), ZONTA Award (2000).

Papers I Teach

Students I Supervise


Aaron Andersen - Natural Products from New Zealand Bryozoans


Jonathan Puddick - Investigating cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry with the aim of:

  • the discovery of novel and/or bioactive secondary metabolites
  • improved quantitation of known microcystins, a wide-spread cyanotoxin
  • increased understanding of the regulatory keys for microcystin production

Research Interests

  • Natural products chemistry, particularly that of New Zealand marine bryozoans and terrestrial cyanobacteria (blue-green algae).
  • Application of spectral methods, especially NMR spectroscopy and MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry to structural determination.
  • Biologically active compounds and structure-activity relationships.
  • Chemical ecology.

Current projects are all directed towards finding novel and/or bioactive metabolites from New Zealand and Antarctic bryozoans and cyanobacteria.


Marine natural products chemistry; NMR spectroscopy; chemistry of cyanobacteria.

Recent Publications

  • Puddick, J., Prinsep, M., Wood, S., Cary, S., Hamilton, D., Holland, P. (2015) Further characterization of glycine-containing microcystins from the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica
    Refereed journal article - Toxins
  • Webb, N., Battershill, C., Prinsep, M. (2014) Chemical ecology and bioactivity of New Zealand marine sponge, Cliona celata
    Conference - Abstract - New Zealand Marine Sciences Society Annual Conference
  • Gupta, D., Kaur, P., Leong, S., Tan, L., Prinsep, M., Chu, J. (2014) Anti-Chikungunya viral activities of aplysiatoxin-related compounds from the marine cyanobacterium Trichodesmium erythraeum
    Refereed journal article - Marine Drugs
  • Puddick, J., Prinsep, M., Wood, S., Kaufononga, S., Cary, S., Hamilton, D. (2014) High levels of structural diversity observed in Microcystins from Microcystis CAWBG11 and characterization of six new Microcystin congeners.
    Refereed journal article - Marine Drugs

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Contact Details

Room: E.3.06
Phone: +64 7 838 4466 ext 8902