Associate Professor Michael Griffin

University of Melbourne, AUS

Dr Griffin is laboratory head in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute, University of Melbourne.

He completed his PhD at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand in 2005 and then moved to the Bio21 institute, where studied amyloid formation by serum apolipoproteins.

In 2011 he was awarded an ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship, in 2013 the C.R. Roper Fellowship and in 2015 an ARC Future Fellowship.

His research focuses on understanding the structural and mechanistic underpinnings of protein-protein interactions, ranging from protein misfolding and aggregation events that lead to the formation of amyloid, through to native interactions that lead to formation of large multimeric complexes.

He is particularly interested in the interactions of small heat-shock proteins with soluble amyloid forming proteins and mature amyloid fibrils, and how these interactions modulate fibril formation and the properties of amyloid aggregates.