Dr Jiney Jose


Jiney Jose obtained his MS and PhD degrees in Organic Chemistry from Texas A&M Univeristy, Texas working with Professor Kevin Burgess. His research involved development of organic fluorescent probes and nanoparticles for cellular imaging studies. He received a cancer prevention research institute of Texas (CPRIT) fellowship to pursue postdoctoral research with Professor Eric V. Anslyn/ Prof. Kevin Dalby at the University of Texas at Austin. His research focused on developing tryptamine analogues for the treatment of breast cancer. He joined the Centre in 2012 as a research fellow. He is an Affiliate Investigator in the Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery at the University of Auckland.


Research Interests

His research interest includes cancer research, medicinal chemistry, synthetic organic chemistry, fluorescent probes and nanoparticles,  immunosuppressive therapy, short acting anaesthetics. He is currently involved in an immunotherapy project developing small molecules for the treatment of Leukaemia. He is also involved in the development and application of tumour targeting theranostic drug dye conjugates with brain penetrant properties for treatment of paediatric and adult brain cancers. He is always interested in training students who has an interest in medicinal chemistry.

Research | Current



Teaching | Current

CHEM750-Cancer drugs: Design, Chemistry and Mechanism of Action

Postgraduate supervision

Doctoral Candidate: Elizabeth Alexandra Cooper (Co-supervisor)

Honours Candidate: Anna Cullen (Supervisor)

Areas of expertise

Drug development

Medicinal chemistry

Trageted therapy

Organic chemistry

Organic fluorescent dyes


Committees/Professional groups/Services

Professional groups

Neurological foundation, New Zealand (NF)
New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (NZIC)
American Chemical Society (ACS)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Choi, P. J., Park, T. I. H., Cooper, E., Dragunow, M., Denny, W. A., & Jose, J. (2020). Heptamethine Cyanine Dye Mediated Drug Delivery: Hype or Hope. Bioconjugate chemistry, 31 (7), 1724-1739. 10.1021/acs.bioconjchem.0c00302
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sir Bill Denny, Thomas Park, Peter Choi
  • Choi, P. J., Cooper, E., Schweder, P., Mee, E., Turner, C., Faull, R., ... Jose, J. (2020). PARP inhibitor cyanine dye conjugate with enhanced cytotoxic and antiproliferative activity in patient derived glioblastoma cell lines. Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry letters, 30 (14)10.1016/j.bmcl.2020.127252
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Choi, Sir Bill Denny, Michael Dragunow, Thomas Park, Sir Richard Faull
  • Choi, P. J., Cooper, E., Schweder, P., Mee, E., Faull, R., Denny, W. A., ... Jose, J. (2019). The synthesis of a novel Crizotinib heptamethine cyanine dye conjugate that potentiates the cytostatic and cytotoxic effects of Crizotinib in patient-derived glioblastoma cell lines. Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 29 (18), 2617-2621. 10.1016/j.bmcl.2019.07.051
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Thomas Park, Peter Choi, Sir Richard Faull, Sir Bill Denny, Michael Dragunow
  • Jose, J., Spicer, J., Miller, C. K., O'Connor P, Giddens, A., Akhlaghi, H., ... Denny, W. A. (1/4/2019). Development of inhibitors of the pore forming protein perforin for the treatment of leukaemia. Poster presented at 257th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, Orlando, FL, United States. MEDI-0164. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Julie Spicer, Anna Giddens, Sir Bill Denny
  • Jose, J., Choi, P., Noguchi, K., Ishiyama, M., & Denny, W. (31/3/2019). Synthesis of near-infrared emitting fluorescent dyes and their application in organelle specific labelling studies. Poster presented at 257th National Meeting of the American-Chemical-Society (ACS), Orlando, FL. ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Choi, Sir Bill Denny
  • Dimitrov, I., Denny, W. A., & Jose, J. (2018). Syntheses of Ketamine and Related Analogues: A Mini Review. SYNTHESIS-STUTTGART, 50 (21), 4201-4215. 10.1055/s-0037-1609935
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/45768
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sir Bill Denny, Ivo Dimitrov
  • Choi, P., Noguchi, K., Ishiyama, M., Denny, W. A., & Jose, J. (2018). A mitochondria-selective near-infrared-emitting fluorescent dye forcellular imaging studies. Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry letters, 28 (11), 2013-2017. 10.1016/j.bmcl.2018.05.001
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sir Bill Denny, Peter Choi
  • Jose, J., Spicer, J. A., Miller, C. K., O'Connor PD, Marshal, A., Jaiswal, J., ... Law, R. H. P. (15/9/2017). Thiazolecarboxamides as inhibitors of perforin function for potential immunosuppressive therapy. Poster presented at Drug Discovery India 2017, Bengaluru, India.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Julie Spicer, Jagdish Jaiswal, Stephen Jamieson, Sir Bill Denny

Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 504 - Bldg 504
Level 1, Room 104
New Zealand