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Dr Verne Lee

BSc, MSc, PhD

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Research Fellow


Educational qualifications

  • 2009  University of Auckland, PhD
  • 2002  University of Auckland, MSc (1st Class Honours)
  • 2000 University of Auckland, BSc

Research | Current

My research focuses on using biochemistry, structural biology and computation tools to investigate systems important to agriculture and health. The majority of my work is into “megasynthase” enzymes, large protein assembly lines that synthesise diverse bioactive molecules. Products of megasynthase enzymes include many antibiotics and other pharmacologically important molecules. My research includes investigating the megasynthases from methanogenic archaea living in the rumens of livestock. The methane produced by these microbes is responsible for 30-35% of New Zealand’s total greenhouse gas emissions. For more information about my current research see here.


Teaching | Current

  • BIOINF702
  • BIOSCI741

Postgraduate supervision

  • Currently supervising three PhD students and 3 Masters students


  • A place on the Dean of Graduate Studies List (“The Dean’s List”) in recognition of an outstanding PhD thesis, 2009.

Areas of expertise

  • Biochemistry
  • Structural Biology
  • Protein expression and purification
  • Molecular Biology
  • Structural bioinformatics

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Lee, T. V., Johnson, R. D., Arcus, V. L., & Lott, J. S. (2015). Prediction of the substrate for nonribosomal peptide synthetase (NRPS) adenylation domains by virtual screening. Proteins, 83 (11), 2052-2066. 10.1002/prot.24922
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Shaun Lott
  • Sørensen JL, Knudsen, M., Hansen, F. T., Olesen, C., Fuertes, P. R., Lee, T. V., ... Giese, H. (2014). Fungal NRPS-dependent Siderophores: from Function to Prediction. In J.-F. Martin, C. Gracia-Estrada, S. Zeilinger (Eds.) Biosynthesis and Molecular Genetics of Fungal Secondary Metabolites (pp. 317-339). New York: Springer. 10.1007/978-1-4939-1191-2_15
  • Bobby, R., Medini, K., Neudecker, P., Lee, T. V., Brimble, M. A., McDonald, F. J., ... Dingley, A. J. (2013). Structure and dynamics of human Nedd4-1 WW3 in complex with the αENaC PY motif. Biochim Biophys Acta, 1834 (8), 1632-1641. 10.1016/j.bbapap.2013.04.031
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Shaun Lott, Margaret Brimble
  • Koulman, A., Lee, T. V., Fraser, K., Johnson, L., Arcus, V., Lott, J. S., ... Lane, G. (2012). Identification of extracellular siderophores and a related peptide from the endophytic fungus Epichloë festucae in culture and endophyte-infected Lolium perenne. Phytochemistry, 75, 128-139. 10.1016/j.phytochem.2011.11.020
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Shaun Lott
  • Lee, T. V., Johnson, L. J., Johnson, R. D., Koulman, A., Lane, G. A., Lott, J. S., & Arcus, V. L. (2010). Structure of a Eukaryotic Nonribosomal Peptide Synthetase Adenylation Domain That Activates a Large Hydroxamate Amino Acid in Siderophore Biosynthesis. JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY, 285 (4), 2415-2427. 10.1074/jbc.M109.071324
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Shaun Lott


Contact details

Alternative contact

+64 (0) 21 0222 8492

Primary office location

Level 3, Room 3002
New Zealand

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