Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
Professor Nicki Packer has had an extensive and varied career in biochemical research in both Chemistry and Biological Sciences. She was part of the team that established the Australian Proteome Analysis Facility (APAF) and co-founded Proteome Systems Limited, an Australian biotechnology company in which her group developed a platform of glycoanalytical technology and informatics tools. She is now Professor of Glycoproteomics, Director of the MQ Biomolecular Discovery & Design Research Centre and Consultant to APAF at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. She has gained international and national profile by linking glycomics with the proteomics and bioinformatics approaches to biological functional research.
Nicki’s research focuses on glycomics, the investigation of post-translational modifications of proteins by sugars. Her main research interests lie in the role of glyosylation in different systems, glycoproteins in the innate immune system, cancer glycomics, and the advancement of glycomics technologies. She is also interested in the structure, function, informatics and application of glycans and their conjugates as molecular markers, particularly in their role in cancer, therapeutics and microbial infection.