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Research interests

My research is focussed on the discovery and biosynthesis of natural products or specialised metabolites from various sources, predominantly bacteria and fungi. Although their roles in nature are not always clear, many of these metabolites possess properties which make them suitable candidates for downstream development by the biotech, pharmaceutical, agricultural, water management and food industries. The broad aims of such research are to generate large numbers of natural products with diverse structures and activities for screening, better understand their biosynthesis at the genetics level, and generate greater molecular diversity using genetic techniques.



B.App.Sci. (Hons) W. Sydney, Ph.D Griffith, MRACI CChem


2018-               Research Fellow, Macquarie University

2018-               Snr Research Scientist, Microbial Screening Technologies, Sydney

2017-2017       Research Assistant, Western Sydney University

2016-2017       Research Associate, Fukui Prefectural University, Japan

2007-2017       Research Associate, University of New South Wales

2015-2016       Visiting Scientist, Fukui Prefectural University, Japan

2006-2007       Research Associate, Scripps Inst. of Oceanography, UCSD, USA

2004-2005       Research Assistant, University of Melbourne

2001-2004       Research Intern, University of Arizona, USA

Education/Academic qualification

Marine Natural Products, Ph.D, Griffith University

Applied Chemistry, B. App. Sci. (Hons), Univ of Western Sydney Nepean

External positions

Senior Research Scientist, Microbial Screening Technologies Pty Ltd

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Research Outputs

Genome mining of a fungal endophyte of Taxus yunnanensis (Chinese yew) leads to the discovery of a novel azaphilone polyketide, lijiquinone

Cain, J. W., Miller, K. I., Kalaitzis, J. A., Chau, R. & Neilan, B. A., 12 Apr 2020, In : Microbial Biotechnology. 13 p.

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Harnessing long-read amplicon sequencing to uncover NRPS and Type I PKS gene sequence diversity in polar desert soils

    Benaud, N., Zhang, E., van Dorst, J., Brown, M. V., Kalaitzis, J. A., Neilan, B. A. & Ferrari, B. C., Apr 2019, In : FEMS Microbiology Ecology. 95, 4, 12 p., fiz031.

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  • 5 Citations (Scopus)

    Nanangenines: drimane sesquiterpenoids as the dominant metabolite cohort of a novel Australian fungus, Aspergillus nanangensis

    Lacey, H. J., Gilchrist, C. L. M., Crombie, A., Kalaitzis, J. A., Vuong, D., Rutledge, P. J., Turner, P., Pitt, J. I., Lacey, E., Chooi, Y-H. & Piggott, A. M., 5 Nov 2019, In : Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry. 15, p. 2631-2643 13 p.

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  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
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    Combined genetic and bioactivity-based prioritization leads to the isolation of an endophyte-derived antimycobacterial compound

    Alvin, A., Kalaitzis, J. A., Sasia, B. & Neilan, B. A., May 2016, In : Journal of Applied Microbiology. 120, 5, p. 1229-1239 11 p.

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    Open Access
  • 5 Citations (Scopus)

    Genome-guided discovery of natural products and biosynthetic pathways from Australia's untapped microbial megadiversity

    Kalaitzis, J. A., Ingrey, S. D., Chau, R., Simon, Y. & Neilan, B. A., 2016, In : Australian Journal of Chemistry. 69, 2, p. 129-135 7 p.

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  • 2 Citations (Scopus)