Welcome to the Lau research group

Chemical and synthetic biology at the University of Sydney

Latest news

Although international travel is currently challenging, we encourage prospective PhD and postdoctoral candidates with an outstanding academic/research track record to contact Yu Heng to find out what is possible!

Apr 30, 2021 - We published a review on using cyclisation to stabilise peptides that adopt irregular conformation. Check out the RSC Medicinal Chemistry article here, which is part of their Emerging Investigators themed issue.
Go Team Telomere!

Apr 8, 2021 - Taylor was featured in an interview with The Science Pawdcast, a podcast that covers topical science and also happens to feature some cute dogs!

Jan 29, 2021 - Our work on encapsulin pore variants is up as a pre-print on bioRxiv! Thanks to Tobias Giessen (Michigan) and Frank Sainsbury (Griffith) for being great collaborators.
In fact, so is Li Chen's pre-print from the groups of Frank Sainsbury and Claudia Vickers - happy to have helped out with this work!

Dec 15, 2020 - Grant success! We have received a 2021 NHMRC Ideas grant to collaborate with Prof. Hilda Pickett at the Children's Medical Research Institute on characterising and targeting the DBHS proteins in telomerase assembly.

Dec 14, 2020 - A few bright points to celebrate at the end of a tough year - Nuren won a best talk award at the RACI Supramolecular Symposium; Lachlan picked up both the best talk and people's choice awards at our Chemistry Postgradaute Symposium; Yu Heng received an award from the Drug Discovery Initiative for best transdisciplinary team for an ongoing project.

Dec 4, 2020 - Lovely North Sydney spot for the end of year lab BBQ with the Wickham group.

Aug 19, 2020 - Our local celebrity postdoc Taylor is on FBi Radio 94.5 FM as part of Live in the Lab for Aus Science Week, talking about how our science has been turned into music! You can hear the track here, and read the Chemistry World article here!

Aug 3, 2020 - Yu Heng is featured on The Guardian as part of the Westpac Scholars feature, under Tech and Engineering, and the Environment and Agriculture.

Jul 1, 2020 - Eric returns to commence his PhD! He'll be getting on with some fun encapsulin projects, and maybe some computational tinkering...

Jun 9, 2020 - A big welcome to Taylor, who joins us as our very first postdoc!

Mar 16, 2020 - Yu Heng has been awarded a Westpac Research Fellowship to support his research on encapsulin protein cages as synthetic organelles!

Mar 13, 2020 - After much resistance, it has happened. Yu Heng is now on Twitter @YuHengLau.

Mar 3, 2020 - We had our first group retreat! Welcome to our new starters for 2020 - Titus for Honours, Eva for MPhil, and Haritha for PhD.

Jan 7, 2020 - Krishna's ACS Omega paper on synthesising and computationally analysing more functionalised versions of the Sondheimer strained dialkyne is out!

Dec 31, 2019 - A massive congratulations to Quynh for securing a Sydney Vital Top-Up scholarship, Lachlan for securing a CSIRO Synbio FSP scholarship, and Reginald for securing a Postgraduate Teaching Fellowship!

Dec 6, 2019 - Welcome to Oliver and Sophia, our Denison summer scholars this year, who will be working on drug discovery at telomeres.

Nov 30, 2019 - Congratulations to Eric and Rishik for completing 2019 Honours with First Class, and Annmaree for doing a fantastic DL undergraduate project in Semester 2.

Oct 16, 2019 - Yu Heng gave a talk on encapsulin engineering at the Synthetic Biology Australisia conference up at Customs House in Brisbane.

Aug 9, 2019 - A throwback, Krishna's paper on water-soluble strained dialkynes is out in OBC.

Apr 15, 2019 - Congratulations to Lachlan, Paris and Reginald for graduating with First Class Honours today!

Apr 9, 2019 - Yu Heng has been awarded a J G Russell award from the Australian Academy of Science.

Mar 8, 2019 - Group BBQ time for the end of 2019 summer, with the Wickham, Lakhwani and Waterhouse groups!

Mar 1, 2019 - Welcome to Quynh who is starting a PhD with us after an MChem at St Andrews.

Feb 20, 2019 - As part of the amazing Poladian Project, Yu Heng teamed up with Dr Anna Wang (UNSW) to deliver a workshop on 'Cooking with Scientists'... featuring emulsions, bread, and Ruby chocolate =)

Feb 12, 2019 - Yu Heng gave a talk at the Lorne Proteins conference, thanks to the support of an Anders Young Investigator Award. Lachlan also presented a poster at the conference!

Feb 5, 2019 - Welcome to Eric and Rishik who are joining the group for Honours this year. Also, welcome to Joanna, Nuren, and Suleka, who are doing summer projects with us!

Jan 31, 2019 - After a lot of work by a lot of people, it's finally out...! Our work on a linker toolbox approach for peptide stapling is now out in ACS Chemical Biology.

Nov 27, 2018 - Hooray! Yu Heng has been awarded a ARC DECRA fellowship for 2019-2021.

Nov 13, 2018 - Congratulations to Lachlan, Paris, and Reginald for completing a fantastic year of research and achieving First Class Honours!

Oct 2, 2018 - Yu Heng has been awarded a 2018 Selby Research Award from the Selby Scientific Foundation.

Aug 18, 2018 - Our Honours projects for 2019 are up! Some general Honours information can also be found on the Faculty website.

Aug 6, 2018 - Erin and Lucy are joining the group as undergraduate TSP students for the semester!

Jul 11, 2018 - A warm welcome to Chuyang Zhang, who is visiting us as an exchange student from Nanjing University =)

Jul 6, 2018 - Yu Heng spoke about all things Encapsulin related at the Earth-Life Science Institute in Tokyo. Thanks for hosting, Dr Tony Jia!

May 15, 2018 - Check out the new photos of our Incubator lab space.

Apr 17, 2018 - Our latest work on encapsulins with Dr Tobias Giessen (Harvard) has now been published in Nature Communications.

Feb 16, 2018 - We had our inaugural joint lab BBQ with Dr Shelley Wickham and the DNA group!

Feb 6, 2018 - It's the start of a new year, and we're up and running! We've got Lachlan, Paris and Reginald who are starting Honours, as well as Michael and Oliver on Denison summer scholarships!

Oct 18, 2017 - Yu Heng spoke about the group's research at UQ and the Australian Peptide Conference.

Oct 2, 2017 - Honours projects are available for 2018 - check out the School of Chemistry Honours website.

Oct 1, 2017 - The website goes live!
(after an impromptu stack overflow crash-course on HTML5/CSS3)