About Dr Rachel Codd

Prokaryotic metal-management strategies present a fascinating research platform which traverses biological inorganic chemistry, pharmaceutics biodiscovery, medical microbiology and bioinformatics.

Dr Rachel Codd joined the Discipline of Pharmacology in 2007 and has broad research expertise in metals in biology.

Dr Codd is a young investigator (PhD 1998; University of Sydney, Chemistry) with postgraduate and postdoctoral (UNSW, Biochemistry; University of Arizona, Chemistry) research interests in metals in biology. Upon her return from the US, Dr Codd took up a Research Fellowship in the School of Chemistry and was subsequently appointed as a Lecturer where she developed a novel application of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy called Metalloglycomics. Dr Codd's expanding research interests in chemical biology and pharmaceutics biodiscovery have prompted a recent move to the School of Medical Sciences (Pharmacology) where her group is investigating iron-uptake mechanisms in bacteria (including `extremophiles'), from the level of siderophores through to cognate receptor proteins. Dr Codd has aligned interests in the development of new technologies for biomolecule capture and has recently filed a provisional patent in this area. Dr Codd has 27 refereed papers and two book chapters (one of which is sole-authored), which have received 604 citations; the majority are published in ACS or RSC journals. In 2005, Dr Codd was invited to author the opening review for a special edition of Environmental Chemistry (Research Front on Extremophiles); her paper was ranked by one of the reviewers as in the top 10% of articles reviewed in the last year and appears as the Cover article. Dr Codd's results in the field of bioinorganic EPR spectroscopy have been described by one reviewer as `state-of-the-art' (Inorg. Chem., 2005, 44, 2531-2543); the impact of her protein EPR work (J. Biol. Inorg. Chem. 2002, 7, 338-350) is measured by the 25 citations received since 2002 (9 in journals with an impact factor > 7.4). Dr Codd has supervised one PhD student to completion and seven Honours students (four of whom have graduated with first class degrees). She is currently supervising three PhD students and three Honours students. In 2003, Dr Codd won the Selby Research Award which is awarded to `an outstanding academic' in their early career who has `a track record showing clear evidence of high research capacity'. Dr Codd has been awarded ~$0.2 M in competitive research funding, has acted as an expert reviewer for the NSF and the ARC and reviews papers for the international journals, J. Am. Chem. Soc., Coord. Chem. Rev., and J. Inorg. Biochem.

Selected publications

For a comprehensive list of Dr Codd's publicatons, please visit her Sydney Medical School profile page.