Sarah Atkinson


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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 research-only fellow on an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship. She currently holds a FMNHS Senior Research Fellowship.




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

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Projects 2014 2017

Research Output 2008 2018

  • 16 Article
  • 1 Encyclopaedia / Dictionary Entry
Open Access

Substrate Locking Promotes Dimer-Dimer Docking of an Enzyme Antibiotic Target

Atkinson, S. C., Dogovski, C., Wood, K., Griffin, M. D. W., Gorman, M. A., Hor, L., Reboul, C. F., Buckle, A. M., Wuttke, J., Parker, M. W., Dobson, R. C. J. & Perugini, M. A. 3 Jul 2018 In : Structure. 26, 7, p. 948-959 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Grappling with anisotropic data, pseudo-merohedral twinning and pseudo-translational noncrystallographic symmetry: a case study involving pyruvate kinase

Donovan, K. A., Atkinson, S. C., Kessans, S. A., Peng, F., Cooper, T. F., Griffin, M. D. W., Jameson, G. B. & Dobson, R. C. J. 1 Apr 2016 In : Acta Crystallographica Section D: Structural Biology. D72, Part 4, p. 512-519 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The Anopheles-midgut APN1 structure reveals a new malaria transmission-blocking vaccine epitope

Atkinson, S. C., Armistead, J. S., Mathias, D. K., Sandeu, M. M., Tao, D., Borhani-Dizaji, N., Tarimo, B. B., Morlais, I., Dinglasan, R. R. & Borg, N. A. 2015 In : Nature Structural and Molecular Biology. 22, 7, p. 532 - 539 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Identification of the bona fide DHDPS from a common plant pathogen

Atkinson, S. C., Hor, L., Dogovski, C., Dobson, R. C. J. & Perugini, M. A. 2014 In : Proteins: Structure, Function, and Bioinformatics. 82, 9, p. 1869-1883 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Biomedicine Discovery Institute Travel Award 2017

Sarah Catherine Atkinson (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

NHMRC Early Career Fellowship

Sarah Catherine Atkinson (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Competitive Fellowships