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Elizabeth Yuriev is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University. She is an experienced chemistry educator and education researcher. Her work focuses on innovations to improve learning and teaching of employability skills, with an emphasis on skill development in problem solving, collaboration, and study skills. Her achievements in education innovation have been recognised with numerous awards: Monash Parkville Student Association “Lecturer of the Year” award (2005, 2015 & 2017), Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences award for Technological Innovation in Learning and Teaching (2019), Faculty award for Programs that Enhance Learning (2015), Faculty Teaching Excellence award (2007 & 2016), Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Excellence award (2006 & 2016), Monash Teacher Accelerator award (2016), Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (The Australian Learning and Teaching Council, 2008), and RACI Chemistry Educator of the Year award (2019). She is influencing the quality of pharmacy and science education through her scholarly research, mentoring, presentations, and publications. Elizabeth has published her findings in Journal of Chemical Education, Chemistry Education Research and Practice, Higher Education Research & Development, and other journals.

Her original contributions to the field of molecular modelling include the development of (i) carbohydrate docking methodologies; (ii) novel site mapping approach for the investigation of ligand recognition; and (iii) docking and MD protocols for homology modelling of GPCRs and GPCR complexes. Elizabeth’s research outcomes include 90 research papers in peer-reviewed journals (38 in the last 5 years) and 5 book chapters. She has communicated 117 conference presentations. Drs Yuriev and Ramsland have co-edited the book “Structural Glycobiology”, Taylor & Francis Group/CRC press, London, 2012 (ISBN:9781439854600). Drs Yuriev and Agostino have co-edited the e-book "Structural and computational glycobiology – immunity and infection", Frontiers Media, 2015 (ISBN 9782889196388).

Research interests

Education research: problem-solving skills, groupwork and collaboration, study skills, flexible assessment, chemistry education research

Structure-based design: carbohydrates, GPCRs, molecular docking, molecular dynamics

Monash teaching commitment

Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science:

BPS1031 Physical Chemistry I (Teaching and Unit Coordination)

BPS1032 Physical Chemistry II (Teaching and Unit Coordination)

BPS3031 Computational Drug Design (Teaching)

BPS4001 Advanced pharmaceutical science (coursework) (Teaching and Unit Coordination)

External positions

Chemistry Education Division, Committee member, Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI)

2019 → …

Secretary, Association of Molecular Modellers of Australasia


Research area keywords

  • Education Research
  • Problem Solving
  • Collaborative Learning
  • Flexible Assessment
  • Study Skills
  • Drug Design
  • Molecular Dynamics
  • Docking
  • Carbohydrates
  • GPCRs


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