1990 …2023

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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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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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