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We now know that sugars attached to proteins and lipids on every cell (glycans) are intricately involved in bacterial and viral infection, the immune responses (both innate and acquired), all cancers, lung disease, brain function, fertilisation, cardiovascular disease and a multitude of other cellular mechanisms in human and all other species. My objective is to increase the scientific research activity in this field so that beneficial improvements to our biological understanding, and ultimately treatment, of health and disease can be achieved. To implement my objective, I have spent the last almost 30 years or so (with some time out to rear three children) applying my knowledge and leadership skills to achieve this implementation.


Prof Nicki Packer has had an extensive and varied career in biochemical research in both Chemistry and Biological Sciences. She was part of the team that established the Australian Proteome Analysis Facility (APAF) and co-founded Proteome Systems Limited, an Australian biotechnology company in which her group developed a platform of glycoanalytical technology and informatics tools. She is now Professor of Glycoproteomics, Director of the MQ Biomolecular Discovery & Design Research Centre and Consultant to APAF at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. She has gained international and national profile by linking glycomics with the proteomics and bioinformatics approaches to biological functional research. Her research interests are now in the structure, function, informatics and application of glycans and their conjugates as molecular markers, particularly in their role in cancer, therapeutics and microbial infection. Nicki has published extensively on glycomics research and works closely with industry.

Education/Academic qualification

Biochemistry, PhD, University of Sydney

1 Jan 197331 Dec 1977

External positions

Principal Research Leader, Institute for Glycomics

1 Jan 201731 Dec 2021

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Projects 2006 2022

Research Outputs 1977 2019

3D sub-diffraction imaging in a conventional confocal configuration by exploiting super-linear emitters

Denkova, D., Ploschner, M., Das, M., Parker, L., Zheng, X., Lu, Y., Orth, A., Packer, N. & Piper, J., 16 Aug 2019, In : Nature Communications. 10, 12 p., 3695.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Imaging techniques

Chemoenzymatic glycan labelling as a platform for site-specific IgM-antibody drug conjugates

Moh, E. S. X., Sayyadi, N. & Packer, N. H., 1 Nov 2019, In : Analytical Biochemistry. 584, p. 1-7 7 p., 113385.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Immunoglobulin M

Comparing the chemical composition of dietary fibres prepared from sugarcane, psyllium husk and wheat dextrin

Chong, R. W. W., Ball, M., McRae, C. & Packer, N. H., 15 Nov 2019, In : Food Chemistry. 298, p. 1-8 8 p., 125032.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Dietary Fiber

Controllable in vitro glycoengineering with an artificial Golgi column

DeBono, N. J., Lin, C-H., Packer, N. H. (ed.) & Moh, E. S. X., 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractResearch


Differential involvement of glycans in the binding of Staphylococcus epidermidis and Corynebacterium spp. to human sweat

Lin, C-H., Peterson, R. A., Gueniche, A., de Beaumais, S. A., Hourblin, V., Breton, L., Dalko, M. & Packer, N. H., Mar 2019, In : Microbiological Research. 220, p. 53-60 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Staphylococcus epidermidis