Dr Allan Torres

Dr Allan Torres
  • Senior Lecturer, School of Science, Western Sydney University
  • BSc Chemistry (University of the Philippines)
  • PhD Physical Chemistry (University of Alberta, Canada)
Short Biography
  • 2014 to present - Senior Lecturer, School of Science, Western Sydney University.
  • 2006 to 2014 - Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Manager, Research Instrumentalist, Biomedical Magnetic Resonance Facility, School of Science & Health at Western Sydney University.
  • 1995 – 2006 - Senior Research Associate, School of Molecular & Microbial Biosciences at the University of Sydney.
  • 1992 – 1995 - Research Scientist, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Laboratory, Biomolecular Research Institute, Parkville, Victoria.
  • Dr Torres is involved in training & directs Nuclear Magnetic Resonance users.
  • Dr Torres lectures undergraduates in Nanotechnology and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy.
  • Dr Torres Co-supervises several Honours and Postgraduate students
Collaborations (internal)
  • Prof. William S. Price (SoSc, Western Sydney University)
  • Prof. Chun Guang Li (NICM, Western Sydney University)
  • Dr Timothy Stait-Gardner (SoSc, Western Sydney University)
  • Dr Gang Zheng (SoSc, Western Sydney University)
Collaborations (external)
  • Prof. Philip Kuchel (Sydney University)
Contact DetailsDr Allan Torres
Nanoscale Organisation and Dynamics Group | School of Science
Campbelltown Campus - Building 17.G.07
Western Sydney University
Locked Bag 1797, Penrith, NSW, 2751
E-mail: a.torres@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: [+61 2] 4620 3459

Research Interests

"Development of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance methods, protein structure determination and platypus venom characterisation".

Dr Allan Torres is involved in a wide range of research projects, from theoretical and applied NMR studies to platypus venom research. He has considerable experience in devising and utilizing various NMR methods for the study of bioactive molecules, molecular interactions and cells. He is currently developing new NMR methods focused on improving the efficiency of NMR diffusion experiments.

Dr Torres has been involved in determining three-dimensional structures of many biologically important protein molecules such as human insulin growth factor II (hIGF-II), platypus venom peptides (DLP-1, DLP-2, DLP-4 and OvCNPa), snake (bucandin and nawaprin) and scorpion peptides (Cnerg1), and polypeptide fragments of HERG and TASKS potassium channels. He together with Prof Philip Kuchel discovered novel D-amino acid containing peptides and the enzyme (L-to-D peptide isomerase) responsible for their creation in the platypus venom.


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