3 October 2017

Mr Phillip Karpati

Phillip Karpati, 2017 Westpac Future Leader

Congratulations to PhD candidate, Mr Phillip Karpati whose submission, "Selenium-Mediated Peptide Ligations at Proline-Proline Junctions" was chosen as the Global Winner for the Chemical & Pharmaceutical category of The Undergraduate Awards 2017. This is an outstanding achievement for Phil as 6,432 applicants from 300 schools across the globe applied to the award. The UA is the world’s leading undergraduate awards programme which recognises top undergraduate work, shares this work with a global audience and connects students across cultures and disciplines. As part of this award, Phillip, along with 150 other UA winners and highly commended entrants, will spend three days of celebration, collaboration, talks and workshops at the UA Global Summit in Dublin. This summit is aimed at fostering interdisciplinary collaboration and connecting students and recent graduates from around the world.

Phillip graduated with a BSc (Advanced) in 2015 and a BSc (Advanced) Honours, including the University Medal, in 2016. He has commenced his PhD candidature under the supervision of Professor Richard Payne, working on the development of anti-thrombotic drugs to help with the outcomes of ischemic stroke patients. Specifically this involves the synthesis of therapeutic drugs inspired by mosquitoes, flies and ticks using the rapid and efficient selenium-mediate ligation strategy developed in the Payne laboratory.

This is just one of two outstanding achievements from Phillip Karpati, he was recently awarded a 2017 Westpac Future Leader Scholarship. Other awards include:

  • Division of Natural Sciences Summer Research Scholarship (2013)
  • Inglis Hudson Scholarship for Chemistry (2015)
  • C H Wilson Prize for First Class Honours in Organic Chemistry (2016)
  • Walter Moore Honours Scholarship (2016)
  • Research Training Program Stipend [Full Time] (2017)