Dr Shelley Wickham

University of Sydney Postdoctoral Research Associate

F11 - Chemistry Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone 61 2 9351 3366
Fax 61 2 9351 3329

Biographical details

Dr Shelley Wickham is the Professor Harry Messel Research Fellow and Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Chemistry and the School of Physics at the University of Sydney.

She earned both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in the School of Physics at the University of Sydney, and her PhD in Condensed Matter Physics from the University of Oxford, UK. She then moved to a postdoctoral fellow position at Harvard Medical School, USA, based
in the Department of Cancer Biology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.

Dr Wickham has research interests in the self-assembly of matter on the nanoscale, and in particular in the design and assembly of programmable nanostructures out of DNA, with applications in cell biology, materials science and nanomedicine. Following the completion of her Professor Harry Messel Research Fellowship, Dr Wickham will continue as a Lecturer in Physics and Chemistry beginning in 2019.

Selected grants

2018

  • Top down meets bottom up: DNA origami functionalised nanoscale surfaces; Wickham S; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA).

2017

  • Biomolecular Design Competition (BIOMOD); Wickham S; NSW Department of Industry/Research Attraction and Acceleration Program.

2016

  • Exploring the physics and biology of cooperativity on the nanoscale; Wickham S; DVC Research/Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Scheme.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Wickham, S., Poladian, L., Large, M., Vukusic, P. (2012). Control of Iridescence in natural photonic structures: the case of butterfly scales. In Maryanne Large (Eds.), Optical biomimetics: Materials and applications, (pp. 147-172). Cambridge, UK: Woodhead Publishing Limited. [More Information]
  • Wickham, S., Hartney, C. (2006). Rockchopping with little pebble: mainstream, fringe and criminal. In Frances Di Lauro (Eds.), Through a Glass Darkly: Reflections on the Sacred, (pp. 288-301). Sydney: Sydney University Press.

Journals

  • Iwaki, M., Wickham, S., Ikezaki, K., Yanagida, T., Shih, W. (2016). A programmable DNA origami nanospring that reveals force-induced adjacent binding of myosin VI heads. Nature Communications, 7, 1-10. [More Information]
  • Knudsen, J., Liu, L., Kodal, A., Madsen, M., Li, Q., Song, J., Woehrstein, J., Wickham, S., Strauss, M., et al (2015). Routing of individual polymers in designed patterns. Nature Nanotechnology, 10(10), 892-898. [More Information]
  • Hahn, J., Wickham, S., Shih, W., Perrault, S. (2014). Addressing the instability of DNA nanostructures in tissue culture. ACS Nano, 8(9), 8765-8775. [More Information]
  • Wickham, S., Bath, J., Katsuda, Y., Endo, M., Hidaka, K., Sugiyama, H., Turberfield, A. (2012). A DNA-based molecular motor that can navigate a network of tracks. Nature Nanotechnology, 7(3), 169-173. [More Information]
  • Wickham, S., Endo, M., Katsuda, Y., Hidaka, K., Bath, J., Sugiyama, H., Turberfield, A. (2011). Direct observation of stepwise movement of a synthetic molecular transporter. Nature Nanotechnology, 6(3), 166-169. [More Information]
  • Schroeder-Turk, G., Wickham, S., Averdunk, H., Brink, F., Fitz Gerald, J., Poladian, L., Large, M., Hyde, S. (2011). The chiral structure of porous chitin within the wing-scales of Callophrys rubi. Journal of Structural Biology, 174(2), 290-295. [More Information]
  • Poladian, L., Wickham, S., Lee, K., Large, M. (2009). Iridescence from photonic crystals and its suppression in butterfly scales. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 6(Suppl 2), S233-S242. [More Information]
  • Large, M., Wickham, S., Hayes, J., Poladian, L. (2007). Insights from nature: Optical biomimetics. Physica B: Condensed Matter, 394(2), 229-232. [More Information]
  • Wickham, S., Large, M., Poladian, L., Jermiin, L. (2006). Exaggeration and suppression of iridescence: the evolution of two-dimensional butterfly structural colours. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 3(6), 99-109. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Wickham, S., Large, M., Poladian, L. (2005). High Resolution Single-Scale Investigation of a 3-Dimensional Butterfly Photonic Crystal. 7th Australasian Conference on Optics, Lasers and Spectroscopy.
  • Large, M., Wickham, S., Poladian, L., Jermiin, L. (2005). Iridescence control in low contrast biological microstructures. International Quantum Electronics Conference 2005 and the Pacific Rim Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (IQEC/CLEO-PR 2005), Tokyo, Japan: IQEC/CLEO-PR.
  • Poladian, L., Wickham, S., Large, M., Jermiin, L. (2004). Biological Strategies To Suppress Iridescence In Low-Contrast 3D Photonic Crystals. The Eighth International Conference on Optics Within Life Sciences - OWLS8 - 2004, Melbourne: Swinburne University of Technology.
  • Wickham, S., Poladian, L., Large, M., Jermiin, L. (2004). Evolution Of Two-Dimensional Optical Microstructures In Butterfly Scales. The Eighth International Conference on Optics Within Life Sciences - OWLS8 - 2004, Melbourne: Swinburne University of Technology. [More Information]
  • Poladian, L., Large, M., Padden, W., Lee, K., Wickham, S. (2004). Is the photonic crystal in the butterflies T. imperialis and P. sesostris optimal? Conference on Lasers & Electro-Optics International Quantum Electronics Conference (CLEO/IQEC 2004), CD-ROM: Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO).

2016

  • Iwaki, M., Wickham, S., Ikezaki, K., Yanagida, T., Shih, W. (2016). A programmable DNA origami nanospring that reveals force-induced adjacent binding of myosin VI heads. Nature Communications, 7, 1-10. [More Information]

2015

  • Knudsen, J., Liu, L., Kodal, A., Madsen, M., Li, Q., Song, J., Woehrstein, J., Wickham, S., Strauss, M., et al (2015). Routing of individual polymers in designed patterns. Nature Nanotechnology, 10(10), 892-898. [More Information]

2014

  • Hahn, J., Wickham, S., Shih, W., Perrault, S. (2014). Addressing the instability of DNA nanostructures in tissue culture. ACS Nano, 8(9), 8765-8775. [More Information]

2012

  • Wickham, S., Bath, J., Katsuda, Y., Endo, M., Hidaka, K., Sugiyama, H., Turberfield, A. (2012). A DNA-based molecular motor that can navigate a network of tracks. Nature Nanotechnology, 7(3), 169-173. [More Information]
  • Wickham, S., Poladian, L., Large, M., Vukusic, P. (2012). Control of Iridescence in natural photonic structures: the case of butterfly scales. In Maryanne Large (Eds.), Optical biomimetics: Materials and applications, (pp. 147-172). Cambridge, UK: Woodhead Publishing Limited. [More Information]

2011

  • Wickham, S., Endo, M., Katsuda, Y., Hidaka, K., Bath, J., Sugiyama, H., Turberfield, A. (2011). Direct observation of stepwise movement of a synthetic molecular transporter. Nature Nanotechnology, 6(3), 166-169. [More Information]
  • Schroeder-Turk, G., Wickham, S., Averdunk, H., Brink, F., Fitz Gerald, J., Poladian, L., Large, M., Hyde, S. (2011). The chiral structure of porous chitin within the wing-scales of Callophrys rubi. Journal of Structural Biology, 174(2), 290-295. [More Information]

2009

  • Poladian, L., Wickham, S., Lee, K., Large, M. (2009). Iridescence from photonic crystals and its suppression in butterfly scales. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 6(Suppl 2), S233-S242. [More Information]

2007

  • Large, M., Wickham, S., Hayes, J., Poladian, L. (2007). Insights from nature: Optical biomimetics. Physica B: Condensed Matter, 394(2), 229-232. [More Information]

2006

  • Wickham, S., Large, M., Poladian, L., Jermiin, L. (2006). Exaggeration and suppression of iridescence: the evolution of two-dimensional butterfly structural colours. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 3(6), 99-109. [More Information]
  • Wickham, S., Hartney, C. (2006). Rockchopping with little pebble: mainstream, fringe and criminal. In Frances Di Lauro (Eds.), Through a Glass Darkly: Reflections on the Sacred, (pp. 288-301). Sydney: Sydney University Press.

2005

  • Wickham, S., Large, M., Poladian, L. (2005). High Resolution Single-Scale Investigation of a 3-Dimensional Butterfly Photonic Crystal. 7th Australasian Conference on Optics, Lasers and Spectroscopy.
  • Large, M., Wickham, S., Poladian, L., Jermiin, L. (2005). Iridescence control in low contrast biological microstructures. International Quantum Electronics Conference 2005 and the Pacific Rim Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (IQEC/CLEO-PR 2005), Tokyo, Japan: IQEC/CLEO-PR.

2004

  • Poladian, L., Wickham, S., Large, M., Jermiin, L. (2004). Biological Strategies To Suppress Iridescence In Low-Contrast 3D Photonic Crystals. The Eighth International Conference on Optics Within Life Sciences - OWLS8 - 2004, Melbourne: Swinburne University of Technology.
  • Wickham, S., Poladian, L., Large, M., Jermiin, L. (2004). Evolution Of Two-Dimensional Optical Microstructures In Butterfly Scales. The Eighth International Conference on Optics Within Life Sciences - OWLS8 - 2004, Melbourne: Swinburne University of Technology. [More Information]
  • Poladian, L., Large, M., Padden, W., Lee, K., Wickham, S. (2004). Is the photonic crystal in the butterflies T. imperialis and P. sesostris optimal? Conference on Lasers & Electro-Optics International Quantum Electronics Conference (CLEO/IQEC 2004), CD-ROM: Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO).

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