Prof. Frances Separovic FAA

frances-3Frances Separovic is Professor of Chemistry 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. Having undertaken tertiary training in biology, mathematics and physics, Frances has a strong foundation with which to carry out research in biophysical chemistry and advanced NMR techniques.

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 has made a major contribution to the determination of the molecular structure of the ionophore 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, both as dehydrated powders and when reconstituted into lipid membranes for biomolecular engineering applications.

Frances is very active in the area of membrane biophysics and structural biology and is Secretary of the Biophysical Society, former President of Australian & New Zealand Magnetic Society for Resonance (ANZMAG), past-President of the Australian Society for Biophysics (ASB), and a former member of IUPAB Council. Frances is on the editorial board of Accounts of Chemical Research 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 Lorne Protein Conference and chair of the Biophysical Society membrane subgroup. Frances has organized 40 national and international conferences and published over 180 papers in national and international journals and 200 conference proceedings.

Her background is strongly interdisciplinary, and she has worked on collaborative research projects with CSIRO, Australian Universities and international laboratories. Frances’s contributions to biophysics and NMR have been recognized by award of 2009 ASB Robertson Medal and 2011 ANZMAG Medal. In 2012 Frances was elected a Fellow of the Biophysical Society, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and an ISMAR Fellow.

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School of Chemistry Academic Staff

Separovic Career Profile

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 BPS Election Results

Voice interview, The chemistry of curiosity May 2014
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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 Frances Separovic

Bluestocking Interview in ‘The Advocate‘ (Nov 2012)

Frances elected to Australian Academy of Science  UniNews ARC news

Frogs thwart superbugs in the news: SMH, ABC, UniMelb, The Age

Frances Fellow of Biophysical Society See press release

Celebrating our women in science interview – 2011 ANZMAG MedalFrances Separovic

Chemistry in Australia interview: 2009 Robertson Medal

Profiled in Biophysical Society Newsletter (Apr 2009)

Interview in ‘Croatian Herald‘ (29 Jan 2007)