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Dr Sarah Atkinson is a structural biologist and biophysicist focusing on how protein-protein interactions impact the catalytic activity, conformation/shape and oligomerisation of enzymes essential for a variety of biological processes. In particular, she has a keen interest in the use of structural biology to understand the innate immune response and characterise novel viral targets.


Following the completion of her PhD at The University of Melbourne in 2013, Dr Atkinson began working with Dr Natalie Borg in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at Monash University as a NHMRC Early Career Fellow (2014-2017) and a FMNHS Senior Research Fellow (2018). She currently holds an ARC DECRA Fellowship (2019-2021).

Research interests

Innate Immunity, Host-virus interactions, Ubiquitination, protein-protein interactions, Structural biology, X-ray crystallography, Small Angle X-ray Scattering, Analytical Ultracentrifugation.

Community service

Biomedicine Discovery Institute Early Career Researchers Committee (2018 - 2020)

  • Chair, career development workshop sub-committee (2019)

Education/Academic qualification

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, PhD, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 14 Dec 2013

External positions

Monash University representative, Melbourne Protein Group (MPG)


Research area keywords

  • Structural Biology
  • Immunity
  • Biophysics
  • Enzymes
  • Protein-Protein Interactions
  • Crystallography
  • Small Angle X-Ray Scattering
  • Analytical Ultracentrifugation


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