Overview

Current Work

My research involves: (i) the design and synthesis of drug discovery and chemical probe screening libraries based on natural product scaffolds; (ii) the isolation and structure elucidation of new bioactive natural products from Australian biota; and (iii) biodiscovery involving high-throughput screening against cells and molecular targets.  

News

Expertise Keywords

  • NMR structure elucidation
  • bio discovery
  • malaria
  • marine natural products
  • medicinal chemistry
  • natural products chemistry
  • phytochemistry
  • prostate cancer

Subject Area Codes

  • Biodiscovery
  • Cancer Cell Biology
  • Natural Products Chemistry

Country Affiliations

  • Austria
  • Canada
  • China
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United States

Research Publications and Outputs

Recent Publications

Publications: 141 (Other: 141)

Funded Griffith Research

Engagement and Impact

Invitations

  • Plenary
    Chemical and Biological Investigations of Natural Products from Australian Marine Sponges and Ascidians,   Guangxi Medical University, Nanning, CHINA,   2017,  
  • Plenary
    Periwinkles, may-apples, yew and happy trees have all delivered drugs – can Australian plants also impact biodiscovery,   National University of Singapore, Republic of Singapore,   2017,  
  • Presentation
    Chemical and Biological Adventures with Indole Alkaloids from Australian Marine Invertebrates,   South Australian Marine Biotechnology Public Seminar, Centre for Marine Bioproducts Development, Flinders University,   2017,  
  • Presentation
    Chemical and Biological Adventures with Indole Alkaloids from Australian Marine Invertebrates,   GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, GERMANY,   2016,  
  • Collaboration
    Bioactive Phytochemicals from Australian Plants,   LEO Pharma, International Headquarters, Ballerup, DENMARK,   2016,  
  • Presentation
    The Identification of Bioactive Phytochemicals from Australian Endemic Plants,   University of Vienna, AUSTRIA,   2016,  
  • Presentation
    Periwinkles, may-apples, yew and happy trees – can Australian flora compete and deliver in the drug discovery arena?,   University of Melbourne,   2016,  
  • Presentation
    Biodiscovery and Fungi: A Superb Mix,   Shanghai Institute for Materia Medica, CHINA,   2016,  
  • Presentation
    Biodiscovery @ Griffith,   RMIT,   2016,  
  • Seminar
    Drug Discovery from Australian Native Flora,   University of Queensland,   2017,  
  • Presentation
    Periwinkles, may-apples, yew and happy trees have all delivered drugs; can Australian plants also impact biodiscovery?,   University of Sydney,   2017,  

Learning and Teaching

Current and Past Courses

  • Advanced Synthetic Chemistry (6103BPS)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Advanced Synthetic Chemistry (6103NSC)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • NMR Adv Struct Elucidation (7311NSC)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • NMR Adv Struct Elucidation (7311NSC)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Drug Design & Delivery (3104BPS)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Drug Design & Delivery (3104NSC)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Adv Analytical Chemistry (3102BPS)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Adv Analytical Chemistry (3102BPS)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Adv Analytical Chemistry (3102NSC)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Adv Analytical Chemistry (3102NSC)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Advanced Synthetic Chemistry (6103BPS)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Advanced Synthetic Chemistry (6103NSC)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • NMR Adv Struct Elucidation (7311NSC)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • NMR Adv Struct Elucidation (7311NSC)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Drug Design & Delivery (3104BPS)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Drug Design & Delivery (3104NSC)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Advanced Synthetic Chemistry (6103BPS)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Advanced Synthetic Chemistry (6103NSC)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • NMR Adv Struct Elucidation (7311NSC)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • NMR Adv Struct Elucidation (7311NSC)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Drug Design & Delivery (3104BPS)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Drug Design & Delivery (3104NSC)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Drug Design & Delivery (3104BPS)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Drug Design & Delivery (3104NSC)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Advanced Synthetic Chemistry (6103BPS)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2015.
  • Advanced Synthetic Chemistry (6103NSC)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2015.
  • Drug Design & Delivery (3104BPS)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2014.
  • Drug Design & Delivery (3104NSC)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2014.
  • Drug Design & Delivery (3104BPS)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2013.
  • Drug Design & Delivery (3104NSC)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2013.
  • Drug Design & Delivery (3104BPS)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2012.
  • Drug Design & Delivery (3104NSC)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2012.

Research by Higher Degree Supervision or Scholarship

Supervision Overview

I am currently Principal Supervisor for 4 PhD students. I am an Associate Supervisor for another 4 PhD students at GRIDD.

Theses Supervised at Griffith

Background

Bio

Associate Professor Rohan Davis received a BSc (Honours First Class) degree in chemistry and biochemistry from the University of Melbourne (1992). He worked as a research assistant on the AstraZeneca/Griffith University natural product drug discovery program (1994–1996) before undertaking his PhD studies (1997–2000) in marine natural products chemistry under the supervision of Professors Ronald Quinn and Anthony Carroll. Rohan subsequently worked for two years at the University of Utah under the guidance of Professor Chris Ireland on a project that involved the identification and biology of new anti-cancer agents from marine invertebrates. Since being recruited back to Griffith University in 2003 his research has involved: (i) the design and synthesis of drug discovery and chemical probe screening libraries based on natural product scaffolds; (ii) the isolation and structure elucidation of new bioactive natural products from Australian biota; and (iii) biodiscovery involving high-throughput screening against cells and molecular targets. Rohan has authored >130 peer-reviewed publications in international chemistry/biology journals, and currently holds two patents. A/Prof. Davis has led both industry-funded and academic-based research projects that have resulted in the isolation and structure determination of >1000 natural products from plant, marine and microbial sources. A/Prof. Davis is the Academic Lead for NatureBank, which is a unique Australian biodiscovery resource that is housed at the Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery.

For more details on A/Prof. Davis’ research please visit:
www.griffith.edu.au/gridd
orcid.org/0000-0003-4291-7573
www.researcherid.com/rid/B-1689-2008
 

Education and Training

  • BScHons Bachelor Of Science With Honours, The University of Melbourne 1989 - 1992
  • PhD Doctor Of Philosophy, Griffith University 1997 - 2000

Visiting appointments

  • Visiting Professor, Guangxi Medical University, Nanning, China 2017 -

Editorial roles

  • Journal Editor, Phytochemistry 2013 -

Professional memberships

  • ANZMBN Member, Australia-New Zealand Marine Biotechnology Network 2017 -
  • ANPS Member, Australian Native Plant Society 2010 -
  • APCRC-Q Member, Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre – Queensland 2013 -
  • ACS Member, American Chemical Society 2014 -
  • ASP Member, American Society of Pharmacognosy 1998 -
  • RACI Fellow, Royal Australian Chemical Institute 1997 -