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bill_hawkinsPhD(W'gong), BMedCHem(Hons)

Tel: 03 471 6217
Location: Science II 2n8

Bill completed his PhD at the University of Wollongong, followed by postdoctoral positions at the University of Melbourne and Ecole Polytechnique (France). After a short stay at the Walter and Eliza Hall institute for medical research, he joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Otago as a lecturer (2012) and was promoted to senior lecturer in 2016. His research interests include the synthesis of bioactive natural products and their use as chemical probes to understand biological processes and inform drug design, as well as the development of new synthetic methodologies.

For more information about the Hawkins Research Group:


Gai, S., Guilder, H. D., & Hawkins, B. C. (2024). Expedient synthesis of [5,5]- and [6,5]-benzannulated spiroketals from 1,1-diacyl-2-vinyl cyclopropanes. Arkivoc, 2024(2), 202312101. doi: 10.24820/ARK.5550190.P012.101 Journal - Research Article

Henneveld, J. S., Shiri, F., Ariafard, A., Lucas, N. T., Bissember, A. C., & Hawkins, B. C. (2023). Dipole-transmissive 1,3-dipolar cycloadditions for the rapid construction of polycyclic N-heterocycles: Synthetic and mechanistic investigations. Chemistry: A European Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/chem.202301254 Journal - Research Article

Watts, B., Berry, M., Bland, A., Badart, M., Hawkins, B., & Ashton, J. (2022). Tumour cell suppression by spiroleucettadine through dual regulation of cell cycle and apoptosis. F1000Research, 11, 1328. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.126754.1 Journal - Research Article

Lewin, H., Gamble, A., & Hawkins, B. (2022, November). Investigation into self immolative linkers for cancer prodrugs leading to in situ bioactive synthesis. Verbal presentation at the School of Pharmacy Research Day, Dunedin, New Zealand. Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Olivier, W. J., Henneveld, J. S., Smith, J. A., Hawkins, B. C., & Bissember, A. C. (2022). Strategies for the synthesis of Stemona alkaloids: An update. Natural Product Reports, 39, 2308-2335. doi: 10.1039/d2np00058j Journal - Research Other

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