Professor Russell Cox's research is focussed on the biosynthesis of biologically active compounds by microorganisms. He is particularly interested in how living systems can orchestrate complex reactions to rapidly and efficiently produce structurally diverse and complex compounds from simple precursors. Techniques in use in his research include microbiology, molecular biology, enzymology, analytical chemistry, natural products chemistry and structure elucidation using NMR and mass spectrometry.
His teaching activities occur at all stages in the School of Chemistry from level I undergraduate lectures and tutorials through to postgraduate workshops and all between.
Synthesis of small molecules.
Chemistry and enzymology of proteins.
Genetics of fungal polyketide synthases.
Enzymology of polyketide synthases.
Design and synthesis of new antibiotics.