Dr Matthew Paul Sullivan

BSc(Hons)/PhD Auck

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Research Fellow


Research Fellow in bioinorganic chemistry, University of Auckland (2020 - present) funded by FRDF under the mentorship of Dr. David Goldstone and Prof. Christian Hartinger

Post-Doctoral Researcher in bioinorganic chemistry, University of Auckland (2019 - 2020) funded by Cancer Research Trust (CRT) under the mentorship of Prof. Christian Hartinger and Dr. David Goldstone

PhD student in bioinorganic chemistry, University of Auckland (2015 - 2019) under the supervision of Prof. Christian Hartinger and Dr. David Goldstone

BSc(Hons), University of Auckland (2014) under the supervision of Prof. Christian Hartinger

BSc, University of Auckland (2011 - 2013)


Research | Current

Matthew's PhD research has focused on biophysical studies to elucidate the structure-reactivity relationships of tumour-inhibiting metal complexes. To help understand these a number of biophysical methods were employed these include protein crystallography, electrospray ionisation mass spectrometry (ESI-MS), inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC).

Teaching | Current

Current teaching:

  • CHEM100

Past teaching:

  • CHEM240
  • CHEM340




11th Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) HOPE fellow (2019)

Tutoring certification at the University of Auckland (2019)

Travel award 9th Asian Biological Inorganic Chemistry Conference (AsBIC9) awarded by the Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry (SBIC) (2019)

Poster presentation award Queenstown Molecular Biology (QMB) Meeting (2018)

School of Chemical Sciences Research Showcase Oral presentation winner (2018)

Claude McCarthy Fellowship (2018)

Fredrick Douglas Brown Post-graduate Science Research Scholarship (2016 - 2018)

Areas of expertise

Medicinal Bioinorganic Chemistry, Organometallic Chemistry, Bioanalytical studies, Structural biology, X-ray Crystallography, Protein-drug interactions, Gel electrophoresis coupled to Laser Ablation ICP-MS

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Student member of Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry (SBIC) (2018-present)

Affiliate investigator of Maurice Wilkins Centre (2016 - present)

Member of New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (NZIC) (2015 - present)

University of Auckland UniGuide Leader (2014)

University of Auckland UniGuide (2013)


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 10, Room 1019
New Zealand

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