Personal profile


Professor Ray Norton holds a personal chair at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Parkville. His lab employs a range of biophysical approaches, including NMR, SPR, ITC and X-ray crystallography, in studies of peptide and protein toxins and malaria. One of the peptide toxins he works with is about  to enter phase II clinical trial for autoimmune diseases. He also applies a combination of structure-based and fragment-based drug discovery to protein targets in the areas of infectious and parasitic diseases and graft rejection. He is a former President of the Australian Society for Biophysics, the  Australian & New Zealand Society for Magnetic Resonance (ANZMAG) and the Lorne Conference on Protein Structure and Function. He is a member of the Council of the International Conference on Magnetic Resonance in Biological Systems (ICMRBS) and will assume the role of President in 2018.

Monash teaching commitment

Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science teaching

  • PSC3131 - Analysis of Drug Receptor Interactions
  • PSC3432 - Medicinal Chemistry Research Project
  • PSC1041 - Scientific discoveries

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Projects 2009 2018

Research Output 1977 2017

Antimalarial drug discovery targeting apical membrane antigen 1

Devine, S. M., MacRaild, C. A., Norton, R. S. & Scammells, P. J. 2017 In : MedChemComm. 8, 1, p. 13-20 8 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewReview Article

Characterisation of a novel coumarin-based fluorescent probe for monitoring nitric oxide production in macrophages

Sadek, M., Barzegar Amiri Olia, M., Nowell, C. J., Barlow, N., Schiesser, C. H., Nicholson, S. E. & Norton, R. S. 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Hormone-like peptides in the venoms of marine cone snails

Robinson, S. D., Li, Q., Bandyopadhyay, P. K., Gajewiak, J., Yandell, M., Papenfuss, A. T., Purcell, A., Norton, R. S. & Safavi-Hemami, H. 1 Apr 2017 In : General and Comparative Endocrinology. 244, p. 11-18 8 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Structure and activity of contryphan-Vc2: importance of the D-amino acid residue

Drane, S. B., Robinson, S. D., MacRaild, C., Chhabra, S., Chittoor, B., A V Morales, R., Leung, E. W. W., Belgi, A., Espino, S. S., Olivera, B. M., Robinson, A. J., Chalmers, D. K. & Norton, R. S. 1 Apr 2017 In : Toxicon : official journal of the International Society on Toxinology. 129, p. 113-122 10 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle