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Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Medicinal Chemistry
Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Monash teaching commitment

Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science teaching:
- Introduction to pharmaceutical sciences
- Analytical methods
- Molecular basis of drug action
- Research project

Bachelor of Pharmacy teaching:
- Basis of drug action I
- Integrated therapeutics: Psychiatry


Dr Capuano is an experienced synthetic medicinal chemist specialising in the design, synthesis and biological evaluation of: (1) small biomolecules targeting G protein-coupled receptors implicated in schizophrenia and Parkinson's disease, (2) analogues of the opium poppy-derived alkaloid noscapine as novel anticancer agents and (3) allosteric modulators of the central muscarinic receptor as a potential treatment for Alzheimer's disease, and (4) fragment-based drug discovery towards novel inhibitors of the enzymes DsbA and HIV-integrase as potential antibacterial agents and anti-HIV agents, respectively. The specific expertise include (i) solution and solid phase organic synthesis, (ii) comprehensive chemical purification and characterisation (iii) knowledge of molecular modeling techniques including virtual screening and molecular docking and (iv) training in in vitro/functional & behavioural assays.

Research area keywords

  • G protein-coupled receptors
  • schizophrenia
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Dopamine D2 Receptor
  • allosteric modulation
  • Fragment Based Drug Design
  • Serotonin Receptors
  • structure-based drug design
  • ligand-based drug design
  • orthosteric ligands

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Research Output

Negative allosteric modulators of the human calcium-sensing receptor bind to overlapping and distinct sites within the 7-transmembrane domain

Josephs, T. M., Keller, A. N., Khajehali, E., DeBono, A., Langmead, C. J., Conigrave, A. D., Capuano, B., Kufareva, I., Gregory, K. J. & Leach, K., Apr 2020, In : British Journal of Pharmacology. 177, 8, p. 1917-1930 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

6-Phenylpyrimidin-4-ones as Positive Allosteric Modulators at the M1 mAChR: The Determinants of Allosteric Activity

Jorg, M. T., van der Westhuizen, E. T., Khajehali, E., Burger, W. A. C., White, J., Choy, K. H. C., Tobin, A. B., Sexton, P. M., Valant, C., Capuano, B., Christopoulos, A. & Scammells, P. J., 20 Mar 2019, In : ACS Chemical Neuroscience. 10, 3, p. 1099-1114 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

A Novel Class of N-Sulfonyl and N-Sulfamoyl Noscapine Derivatives that Promote Mitotic Arrest in Cancer Cells

Yong, C., Devine, S. M., Gao, X., Yan, A., Callaghan, R., Capuano, B. & Scammells, P. J., 4 Dec 2019, In : ChemMedChem. 14, 23, p. 1968-1981 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

A Thieno[2,3-d]pyrimidine Scaffold is a Novel Negative Allosteric Modulator of the Dopamine D2 Receptor

Fyfe, T. J., Zarzycka, B., Lim, H. D., Kellam, B., Mistry, S. N., Katrich, V., Scammells, P. J., Lane, J. R. & Capuano, B., 1 Oct 2019, In : Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. 62, 1, p. 174-206 33 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

Molecular Determinants of the Intrinsic Efficacy of the Antipsychotic Aripiprazole

Klein Herenbrink, C., Verma, R., Lim, H. D., Kopinathan, A., Keen, A., Shonberg, J., Draper-Joyce, C. J., Scammells, P. J., Christopoulos, A., Javitch, J. A., Capuano, B., Shi, L. & Lane, J. R., 16 Aug 2019, In : ACS Chemical Biology. 14, 8, p. 1780-1792 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)


  • 1 Submissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries

Medicinal Chemistry

Ben Capuano (Member)
13 Aug 2013

Activity: External Academic EngagementSubmissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries