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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
  • Rogers, S., Puddick, J., Wood, S., Dietrich, D., Hamilton, D., Prinsep, M. (2015) The effect of cyanobacterial biomass enrichment by centrifugation and GF/C filtration on subsequent microcystin measurement
    Refereed journal article - Toxins
  • Browne, A., Battershill, C., Vanneste, J., Prinsep, M., Clearwater, M. (2015) The Kiwifruit Sector's Big Problem: Fishing for a solution to manage PSA
    Conference - Oral presentation - New Zealand Marine Sciences Society Conference, Auckland
  • Wang, J., Prinsep, M., Gordon, D., Page, M., Copp, B. (2015) Isolation and stereospecific synthesis of janolusimide B from a New Zealand collection of the Bryozoan Bugula flabellata
    Refereed journal article - Journal of Natural Products

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Contact Details

Room: E.3.06
Phone: +64 7 837 9392