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Dr Michele R. Prinsep

Senior Lecturer (Organic Chemistry)

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Canterbury (1987), PhD. Canterbury (1990), Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of Hawaii (1990-1991). Research leave at 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

  • Blunt, J., Copp, B., Keyzers, R., Munro, M., Prinsep, M. (2014) [Review of Marine natural products by NPR]
    Review - Royal Society of Chemistry
  • McCormack, S., Battershill, C., Prinsep, M., Ross, P. (2014) The chemotaxonomy of marine sub-tidal Invertebrates
  • 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
  • Wang, A., Martinus, R., Prinsep, M. (2014) Elucidating the mechanism of cytotoxicity of pterocellin A using HeLa cells
    Conference - Abstract - Queenstown Molecular Biology - Cancer Biology and Drug Discovery Satellite Meeting

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Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Prinsep, Dr Michele 8902 michele E.3.06 School of Science

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