Griffith University

Guy Kleks

Name: Guy Kleks
Position: PhD Student
Research Area: Malaria / Natural Product Chemistry
Qualifications: BSc (Hons)

Biography: Guy completed his Bachelor of Science in Marine Biotechnology at Ruppin Academic Center, Israel in 2015 and Honours under the supervision of Professor Tony Carroll in Natural Product Chemistry at the Gold Coast campus Griffith University Australia, in 2016. He is currently doing his PhD under the supervision of Professor Tony Carroll (Natural Product Chemistry) and Professor Vicky Avery (Discovery Biology). His project focuses on screening marine invertebrates collected from NSW for antimalarial activity against P. falciparum, isolating and identifying new antimalarial natural products from the most potent specimens and attempting to improve their potency and selectivity using by synthetic/semi-synthetic methods. He is also developing an NMR-based method to evaluate the natural product constituents of crude extracts.