Prof. Frances Separovic FAA
Frances Separovic is Professor of Chemistry, Deputy Director of the Bio21 Institute and former Head of School at the University of Melbourne. Frances was a Visiting Professor at Harvard Medical School, Honorary Fellow of Birkbeck College UCL, and a Senior Member of St Hugh’s College, Oxford. Frances has a BA (Hons) in Math & Physics from Macquarie University and a PhD (Physics) from University of NSW. Her tertiary training in biology, mathematics and physics, provides a strong foundation for research in biophysical chemistry and NMR spectroscopy.
Her published work includes studies employing a range of biophysical techniques but her primary research interest is the determination of the structure and dynamics of membrane components in situ using solid-state NMR spectroscopy. Frances played a key role in the determination of the molecular structure of the antibiotic gramicidin A and the bee toxin melittin within phospholipid membranes. Using novel solid-state NMR methods Frances has been able to determine the structure and dynamics of membrane polypeptides for biomolecular engineering applications.
Frances is very active in the area of membrane biophysics and structural biology and is Secretary of the Biophysical Society and member of IUPAB Council, former President of Australian & New Zealand Society for Magnetic Resonance (ANZMAG), past-President of the Australian Society for Biophysics (ASB). Frances is on the editorial board of Chemical Reviews and editor of Biochimica et Biophysica Acta and European Biophysics Journal, a member of International Society for Magnetic Resonance (ISMAR), Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI), ASB and ANZMAG, former treasurer of the RACI and the Lorne Protein Conference. Frances has organized 40 major national and international conferences and published over 230 peer reviewed papers.
Her background is strongly interdisciplinary, and she has worked on collaborative research projects with CSIRO and industry laboratories. Frances’s contributions to biophysics and NMR have been recognized by awards including 2009 ASB Robertson Medal and 2011 ANZMAG Medal. In 2012 she was elected a Fellow of the Biophysical Society, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and an ISMAR Fellow; in 2017 Frances was named an IUPAC Distinguished Woman of Chemistry/Chemical Engineering and inducted in the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2018.
Separovic Career Profile
Barrier Daily Truth interview Broken Hill, May 2018
Eavesdrop on Experts podcast: ‘Smashing through science’s glass ceiling’
Women in STEMM Australia STEMM Profile
International Women’s Day 2018 Award
Frances featured as scientist at University of Melbourne broadcast on Croatian TV (HTV1)
Distinguished Women in Chemistry IUPAC 2017 Award
ANZMAGazine interview Dec 2016
Celebrating arrival of DNP-NMR
Address at Gender Equity forum
Frances reflects on Head of School interview
Get to know Frances Separovic, new BPS Secretary
New NMR installed: Everyday quantum mechanics & the study of cell membranes
Frances elected Secretary of Biophysical Society
New book, ‘Advances in Biological Solid-State NMR: Proteins & Membrane-Active Peptides’
Up Close interview, Pore me another: Understanding how toxins target & overcome membranes Oct 2013
Maths of Planet Earth interview (May 2013) See article
Frances elected 2012 ISMAR Fellow
Bluestocking Interview in ‘The Advocate‘ (Nov 2012)
Celebrating our women in science interview – 2011 ANZMAG Medal
Chemistry in Australia interview: 2009 Robertson Medal
Profiled in Biophysical Society Newsletter (Apr 2009)
Interview in ‘Croatian Herald‘ (29 Jan 2007)