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Pharmacy staff profile

Dr Allan Gamble

PositionSenior Lecturer
QualificationsPhD
Research summarySynthetic and medicinal chemistry, bioorganic chemistry, drug delivery and chemical biology
TeachingAllan teaches medicinal chemistry and analytical chemistry in the Pharmacy undergraduate programme, and is Examinations and Assessment Coordinator for the School of Pharmacy.

Research

Allan Gamble’s expertise is in the areas of synthetic and medicinal chemistry, bioorganic chemistry, drug delivery, and chemical biology.

Current projects in the Gamble group focus on the design of new bioorthogonal chemical reactions and self-immolative linkers for controlled drug delivery, and the design and synthesis of biologically active molecules for the treatment of chronic and infectious disease.

Dr Gamble on Scopus

Current PhD students

Additional information

Are you looking for a PhD supervisor?

Students with a strong background in organic, bioorganic or medicinal chemistry are encouraged to contact Allan via email regarding potential PhD positions.

Biography

Allan Gamble received his PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Wollongong, under the supervision of Professor Paul Keller in 2008. He then moved to Canberra to take up a postdoctoral position in the Research School of Chemistry at the Australian National University with Professor Chris Easton where he worked on peptide hormone regulation in cancer.

In 2011, he was awarded an American-Australian Sir Keith Murdoch Postdoctoral Fellowship to work with Professor Paul Wender at Stanford University in the area of drug delivery.

In May 2012 he was appointed Lecturer in Medicinal Chemistry in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Otago, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2016.

His current research interests are in bioorganic and medicinal chemistry, chemical biology, and drug delivery.

Allan Gamble’s recent awards include:

  • 2018 The University of Otago Early Career Award for Distinction in Research
  • 2017 The School of Pharmacy Emerging Researcher Award
  • 2016 The OUSA Health Sciences and New Supervisor of the Year Award

Publications

Matikonda, S. S., Fairhall, J. M., Fiedler, F., Sanhajariya, S., Tucker, R. A. J., Hook, S., Garden, A. L., & Gamble, A. B. (2018). Mechanistic evaluation of bioorthogonal decaging with trans-cyclooctene: The effect of fluorine substituents on aryl azide reactivity and decaging from the 1,2,3-triazoline. Bioconjugate Chemistry, 29(2), 324-334. doi: 10.1021/acs.bioconjchem.7b00665

Matikonda, S. S., Fairhall, J. M., Tyndall, J. D. A., Hook, S., & Gamble, A. B. (2017). Stability, kinetic, and mechanistic investigation of 1,8-self-immolative cinnamyl ether spacers for controlled release of phenols and generation of resonance and inductively stabilized methides. Organic Letters, 19(3), 528-531. doi: 10.1021/acs.orglett.6b03695

Matikonda, S. S., Orsi, D. L., Staudacher, V., Jenkins, I. A., Fiedler, F., Chen, J., & Gamble, A. B. (2015). Bioorthogonal prodrug activation driven by a strain-promoted 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition. Chemical Science, 6, 1212-1218. doi: 10.1039/c4sc02574a

Agbowuro, A. A., Mazraani, R., McCaughey, L. C., Huston, W. M., Gamble, A. B., & Tyndall, J. D. A. (2017). Stereochemical basis for the anti-chlamydial activity of the phosphonate protease inhibitor JO146. Tetrahedron. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.tet.2017.10.031

Spencer, E. S., Dale, E. J., Gommans, A. L., Rutledge, M. T., Vo, C. T., Nakatani, Y., Gamble, A. B., Smith, R. A. J., Wilbanks, S. M., Hampton, M. B., & Tyndall, J. D. A. (2015). Multiple binding modes of isothiocyanates that inhibit macrophage migration inhibitory factor. European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 93, 501-510. doi: 10.1016/j.ejmech.2015.02.012

Chapter in Book - Research

Alimoradi, H., Matikonda, S. S., Gamble, A. B., Giles, G. I., & Greish, K. (2017). Redox activated polymeric nanoparticles in tumor therapy. In E. Andronescu & A. M. Grumezescu (Eds.), Nanostructures for drug delivery. (pp. 327-354). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-323-46143-6.00010-5

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Journal - Research Article

Matikonda, S. S., Fairhall, J. M., Fiedler, F., Sanhajariya, S., Tucker, R. A. J., Hook, S., Garden, A. L., & Gamble, A. B. (2018). Mechanistic evaluation of bioorthogonal decaging with trans-cyclooctene: The effect of fluorine substituents on aryl azide reactivity and decaging from the 1,2,3-triazoline. Bioconjugate Chemistry, 29(2), 324-334. doi: 10.1021/acs.bioconjchem.7b00665

Bobbala, S., Gibson, B., Gamble, A. B., McDowell, A., & Hook, S. (2018). Poloxamer 407-chitosan grafted thermoresponsive hydrogels achieve synchronous and sustained release of antigen and adjuvant from single-shot vaccines. Immunology & Cell Biology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/imcb.12031

Agbowuro, A. A., Mazraani, R., McCaughey, L. C., Huston, W. M., Gamble, A. B., & Tyndall, J. D. A. (2017). Stereochemical basis for the anti-chlamydial activity of the phosphonate protease inhibitor JO146. Tetrahedron. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.tet.2017.10.031

Cao, F., Gamble, A. B., Onagi, H., Howes, J., Hennessy, J. E., Gu, C., … Easton, C. J. (2017). Detection of biosynthetic precursors, discovery of glycosylated forms, and homeostasis of calcitonin in human cancer cells. Analytical Chemistry, 89(13), 6992-6999. doi: 10.1021/acs.analchem.7b00457

Matikonda, S. S., Fairhall, J. M., Tyndall, J. D. A., Hook, S., & Gamble, A. B. (2017). Stability, kinetic, and mechanistic investigation of 1,8-self-immolative cinnamyl ether spacers for controlled release of phenols and generation of resonance and inductively stabilized methides. Organic Letters, 19(3), 528-531. doi: 10.1021/acs.orglett.6b03695

Alimoradi, H., Matikonda, S. S., Gamble, A. B., Giles, G. I., & Greish, K. (2016). Hypoxia responsive drug delivery systems in tumor therapy. Current Pharmaceutical Design, 22(19), 2808-2820.

Chiluka, R., Gamble, A. B., Lucas, N. T., Hawkins, B. C., Bhumkar, A., Achanta, P. S., & Bobbala, R. K. (2016). Flavone C-glycosides from Trichuriella monsoniae (L.f.) Bennet. Natural Product Research. doi: 10.1080/14786419.2016.1149707

Matikonda, S. S., Orsi, D. L., Staudacher, V., Jenkins, I. A., Fiedler, F., Chen, J., & Gamble, A. B. (2015). Bioorthogonal prodrug activation driven by a strain-promoted 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition. Chemical Science, 6, 1212-1218. doi: 10.1039/c4sc02574a

Spencer, E. S., Dale, E. J., Gommans, A. L., Rutledge, M. T., Vo, C. T., Nakatani, Y., Gamble, A. B., Smith, R. A. J., Wilbanks, S. M., Hampton, M. B., & Tyndall, J. D. A. (2015). Multiple binding modes of isothiocyanates that inhibit macrophage migration inhibitory factor. European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 93, 501-510. doi: 10.1016/j.ejmech.2015.02.012

Morris, K. M., Cao, F., Onagi, H., Altamore, T. M., Gamble, A. B., & Easton, C. J. (2012). Prohormone-substrate peptide sequence recognition by peptidylglycine α-amidating monooxygenase and its reflection in increased glycolate inhibitor potency. Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 22, 7015-7018. doi: 10.1016/j.bmcl.2012.10.004

Cao, F., Gamble, A. B., Kim, H.-K., Onagi, H., Gresser, M. J., Kerr, J., & Easton, C. J. (2011). Potent and selective inhibitors of human peptidylglycine α-amidating monooxygenase. MedChemComm, 2, 760-763. doi: 10.1039/c1md00079a

Gamble, A. B., & Keller, P. A. (2010). Synthesis of reaction-ready 6,6′-biindole and 6,6′-biisatin via palladium(II)-catalysed intramolecular C–H functionalisation. Chemical Communications, 46(23), 4076-4078. doi: 10.1039/C002098B

Locke, J. M., Stutchbury, T. K., Vine, K. L., Gamble, A. B., Clingan, P. R., Bremner, J. B., & Ranson, M. (2009). Development and assessment of novel all-in-one parenteral formulations with integrated anticoagulant properties for the concomitant delivery of 5-fluorouracil and calcium folinate. Anti-Cancer Drugs, 20(9), 822-831. doi: 10.1097/CAD.0b013e32832fd78e

Gamble, A. B., Garner, J., Gordon, C. P., O'Conner, S. M. J., & Keller, P. A. (2007). Aryl nitro reduction with iron powder or stannous chloride under ultrasonic irradiation. Synthetic Communications, 37(16), 2777-2786. doi: 10.1080/00397910701481195

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Journal - Research Other

Agbowuro, A. A., Huston, W. M., Gamble, A. B., & Tyndall, J. D. A. (2017). Proteases and protease inhibitors in infectious diseases. Medicinal Research Reviews. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/med.21475

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