Professor Arthur Christopoulos appointed as Theme Leader Drug Discovery Biology at MIPS

Prof Arthur Christopoulos

Effective from March 15, 2018, Professor Arthur Christopoulos will become Theme Leader, Drug Discovery Biology, at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS). Arthur is currently a NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow at MIPS, and an elite pharmacologist who has pioneered much of the key research into allostery and biased agonism in drug discovery targeting G Protein Coupled-Receptor (GPCR) biology.

Professor Christopoulos takes over as Theme Leader from Professor Patrick Sexton, who has stepped down from the role to focus on his research program, and his recent appointment as the inaugural Editor-In-Chief of the new American Chemical Society Journal ACS Pharmacology and Translational Science.

“The Faculty and MIPS is indebted to Patrick for his leadership of the Theme over the last nine years and the very significant achievements that have been made during his tenure”, said Faculty Dean, Professor Bill Charman.  During this time, the Theme has grown rapidly in terms of competitive grant and commercial research income, infrastructure, staffing and collaborative translational partnerships with groups such as Servier, and the international Wellcome Trust program. He has also led development of new offerings in post-graduate education and PhD training, along with mentoring senior staff within the Theme.

“Whilst sad to see Patrick step down, I am absolutely delighted that Arthur will lead the next phase of development of Drug Discovery Biology research at MIPS,” said Professor Chris Porter, Director of MIPS. Arthur received his B.Pharm. and Ph.D. degrees from the Victorian College of Pharmacy (now Monash University) and, after post-doctoral and early career research in the USA and at the University of Melbourne, he joined Monash in 2006.  He is the principal investigator on a range of internationally leading research programs in GPCR biology. Arthur has published over 270 peer-reviewed publications, with numerous papers appearing in Nature, Cell, Nature Chem. Biol., Nature Comm., PNAS andmultiple leading discipline-specific journals. Arthur is a Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher in Pharmacology and Toxicology. “Arthur is a passionate advocate for high quality, field-shifting science, the pharmacy profession, and provision of a nurturing and supporting environment for students and staff,” said Professor Charman. “In his new role, Arthur will become a member of the Faculty and MIPS Executive leadership groups, and I look forward to his contributions and working closely with him as we ambitiously advance the Faculty and MIPS in the years ahead”.