Professor David Barker

BSc(Hons)/PhD (Sydney)

Biography

Education

  • 2001 - University of Sydney, Australia, PhD, Organic Chemistry
  • 1997 - University of Sydney, Australia, BSc (Hons 1st Class), Honours in Organic Chemistry

Previous and current appointments

  • 2020- Professor, School of Chemical Sciences, University of Auckland
  • 2016-2019 Assoicate Professor, School of Chemical Sciences, University of Auckland
  • 2013-2015 Senior Lecturer (above the bar), School of Chemical Sciences, University of Auckland
  • 2009-2012 Senior Lecturer, School of Chemical Sciences, University of Auckland
  • 2004-2008 Lecturer, School of Chemical Sciences, University of Auckland
  • 2001-2003 National Health & Medical Research Council of Australia Research Associate, University of New South Wales

Research | Current

My research focuses on the synthesis of organic molecules and whilst doing so exploring fundamental chemical principles to aid the development of efficient synthetic methods, the preparation of novel molecular structures and to answer complex biological questions.

At present my research group is working on number of different research areas including, the development of new synthetic methodologies enabling he preparation of DNA-binding molecules, the synthesis of bioactive lignans (plant derived natural products) and the synthesis of complex alkaloids as novel treatments for dementia and cancer. Along with this my research group is active in the development of new synthetic methods to prepare organic molecules rich in heteroatoms, such as nitrogen, oxygen and sulfur. I also am active in a number of national and international multidisciplinary research projects working on areas such as the development of new polymeric materials, natural product synthesis and determination and the synthesis of labelled wine components for wine profiling.


My current research focuses on numerous areas including

  • Synthesis of 1,4-benzodioxane lignans biological active and have a wide range of activites including cytotoxicity, acting as alpha-or beta-blocking agents useful in antidepression or antihypertension therapy.
  • Synthesis of bioactive heterocycles such as thieno- and furano-pyridines. These compounds have been shown to inhibit a number of important enzymes involved in cell regulation and are being analysed for their anticancer activity.
  • Synthesis of complex dineolignans, which have wide ranging biological activities including HIF-1 inhibition (an anticancer target) and neuroprotective properties.
  • Synthesis of novel heterocyclic frameworks based on substituted pyrroles.
  • Synthesis of complex bioactive marine natural products that contain substituted pyrroles.
  • Synthesis and modulation of bioactive compounds derived from grape material
  • Synthesis of novel polymeric materials including advanced conducting polymers
  • Synthesis of isotopically labelled natural products for use in quantitative analysis
  • Synthesis of novel antibacterial materials from renewable, bio-based, sources

 

Teaching | Current

I current teach the following courses.

CHEM 110, CHEM 253, CHEM 330, CHEM 390 and CHEM 735

Postgraduate supervision

Current Students

Shi Min Tan, PhD 2015- (with Dr Bruno Fedrizzi)

Stephen Lo, PhD 2016-

Natalie Haverkate PhD 2017-

Delsa Pulickal Joseph PhD 2017-

Mohinder Naiya PhD 2017-

Ziyao Wan PhD 2018- 

Andrew Twidle PhD 2018-

Shabnam Mosaferi PhD 2018-

Emily Paulin PhD 2018-

Shaun Rees PhD 2018-

Tuan Minh (Marcus) Luong PhD 2019-

Luka Posa PhD 2020-

 

Previous Students

PhD

Sok Teng (Amy) Tong (2009), Kirsten Goodall (2010), Kevin Sparrow (2011), Gul Shahzada Khan (2011), Claire Rye (2011), Glenn Archibald (2011), Anupama Rao Gulur Srinivas (2013), Benjamin Dickson (2013), Emma Dickson (2013), Nora Dittrich (2014), Lisa Pilkington (2015), Michelle van Rensburg (2016), Mona Damavandi (2017), Eunkyung (Kelly) Jung (2017), Wai-Chi (Eddie) Chan (2017), Samuel Davidson (2018), Nina Duhamel (2018), Rueben White (2019), Rebecca Jelley, (2020), Min Wang (2020), Hua Lyu (2020)

MSc

Christopher Ritchie (2005), Kirsten Goodall (2006), Anna Mai (2006), Joy Min-Chih Hung (2012), Soo-Min (Emma) Song (2012), Stephen Lo (2015), Harpreet Kaur Brar (2017), Natalie Haverkate (2017), Ziyao Wan (2017), Andrew Twidle (2018), Emily Paulin (2018), Tuan Minh (Marcus) Luong (2019), Hayden Jones-Moore (2019), Mikael Johannisson-Wallman (2019)

 

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • van Leeuwen, K. A., Nardin, T., Barker, D., Fedrizzi, B., Nicolini, G., & Larcher, R. (2020). A novel LC-HRMS method reveals cysteinyl and glutathionyl polysulfides in wine. Talanta, 218.10.1016/j.talanta.2020.121105
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Bruno Fedrizzi
  • Jelley, R. E., Deed, R. C., Barker, D., Parish-Virtue, K., & Fedrizzi, B. (2020). Fermentation of Sauvignon blanc grape marc extract yields important wine aroma 3-sulfanylhexan-1-ol (3SH). LWT - Food Science and Technology, 13110.1016/j.lwt.2020.109653
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rebecca Deed, Rebecca Jelley, Bruno Fedrizzi
  • Twidle, A. M., Barker, D., & Suckling, D. M. (2020). (7Z)-Tricosene Improves Pheromone Trap Catch of Raspberry Bud Moth, Heterocrossa rubophaga. Journal of chemical ecology10.1007/s10886-020-01205-2
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Max Suckling, Andrew Twidle
  • Barker, D., Lee, S., Varnava, K. G., Sparrow, K., van Rensburg, M., Deed, R. C., ... Sarojini, V. (2020). Synthesis and Antibacterial Analysis of Analogues of the Marine Alkaloid Pseudoceratidine. Molecules (Basel, Switzerland), 25 (11).10.3390/molecules25112713
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Brent Copp, Lisa Pilkington, Melissa Cadelis, Steven Li, Rebecca Deed, Kyriakos Varnava
  • Broughton, C., Edwards, K., Whitehead, K., Van Rensburg, M., Pilkington, L., Reynisson, J., ... Dempsey-Hibbert, N. (2020). Novel synthetic thienopyridine derivatives induce tubulin disruption and cell cycle arrest in malignant B cells with level of activity related to their chemical structure. Paper presented at 60th Annual Scientific Meeting of the British-Society-for-Haematology (BSH), Birmingham, ENGLAND. 27 April - 29 April 2020. BRITISH JOURNAL OF HAEMATOLOGY. (pp. 2).
  • Pilkington, L. I., Sparrow, K., Rees, S. W. P., Paulin, E. K., van Rensburg, M., Xu, C. S., ... Leung, E. (2020). Development, synthesis and biological investigation of a novel class of potent PC-PLC inhibitors. European journal of medicinal chemistry, 19110.1016/j.ejmech.2020.112162
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/50686
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ivanhoe Leung, Lisa Pilkington, Shaun Rees, Emily Paulin, Ries Langley, Euphemia Leung
  • Jelley, R. E., Duhamel, N., Barker, D., & Fedrizzi, B. (2020). A convenient synthesis of amino acid-derived precursors to the important wine aroma 3-sulfanylhexan-1-ol (3SH). Tetrahedron Letters, 61 (13)10.1016/j.tetlet.2020.151663
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/51294
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rebecca Jelley, Bruno Fedrizzi
  • Wang, M., Kee, S., Barker, D., & Travas-Sejdic, J. (2020). Highly stretchable, solution-processable, and crosslinkable poly(3,4-ethylenedioxithiophene)-based conjugated polymers. EUROPEAN POLYMER JOURNAL, 12510.1016/j.eurpolymj.2020.109508
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jadranka Travas-Sejdic

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Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 301 - Bldg 301
Level 6, Room 627B
23 SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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