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Associate Professor Allan Gamble

Contact Details

Phone
+64 3 479 7324
Email
allan.gamble@otago.ac.nz
Position
Associate Professor
Qualifications
PhD
Research summary
Synthetic and medicinal chemistry, bioorganic chemistry, drug delivery and chemical biology
Teaching
Allan teaches chemical biology, medicinal chemistry and analytical chemistry in the Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences (BPharmSc) and Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) undergraduate programmes. He is paper coordinator for PSCI201 (Pharmaceutical Chemistry) and PSCI301 (Chemical Biology).
Memberships
Chair of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (NZIC) Otago branch and the Chair of NZIC-24, the institutes national biennial conference to be held in Dunedin on 24-28 November 2024.

Research

Allan Gamble's research interests are in bioorganic and medicinal chemistry, chemical biology, and drug delivery, with external funding from various agencies including the Health Research Council (HRC), Marsden, Maurice Wilkins Centre, Breast Cancer Cure, Lotteries Health and Otago Medical Research Foundation.

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 and in 2023 promoted to Associate Professor.

Allan Gamble’s recent awards include:

  • 2023 The School of Pharmacy Research Excellence Award
  • 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

Additional details

Research group members

  • Baxter Blair (honours)
  • Thomi Brind (PhD)
  • Julia Camilli (PhD)
  • Dr Jessica Fairhall (Research Fellow)
  • Harry Lewin (PhD)
  • Dr Ian Liddle (Postdoctoral Fellow)
  • Shuaijiang Liu (Visiting Researcher)
  • Kerry Mei (master's)
  • Parul Rani (Assistant Research Fellow)
  • Kathy Sircombe (PhD)
  • Simon Su (PhD)
  • Chelsea Tyler (PhD)
  • Ke Wu (PhD)

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. (2018). Stereochemical basis for the anti-chlamydial activity of the phosphonate protease inhibitor JO146. Tetrahedron, 74(12), 1184-1190. 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

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

Agbowuro, A. A., Mazraani, R., McCaughey, L. C., Huston, W. M., Gamble, A. B., & Tyndall, J. D. A. (2018). Stereochemical basis for the anti-chlamydial activity of the phosphonate protease inhibitor JO146. Tetrahedron, 74(12), 1184-1190. doi: 10.1016/j.tet.2017.10.031

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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, 96(6), 656-665. doi: 10.1111/imcb.12031

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

Agbowuro, A. A., Huston, W. M., Gamble, A. B., & Tyndall, J. D. A. (2018). Proteases and protease inhibitors in infectious diseases. Medicinal Research Reviews, 38(4), 1295-1331. doi: 10.1002/med.21475

Journal - Research Other

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

Journal - Research Article

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.

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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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