Associate Professor Jo-Anne Chuck

Associate Professor Jo-Anne Chuck

Head of Teaching and Curriculum,
Teaching & Curriculum

Associate Professor,
Life Sciences


I work in the area of the biosynthesis of bioactive natural products in bacteria. After completing a Ph.D. on membrane modulating natural products from Streptomyces and photosynthetic bacteria, from 1992-1995, I worked on fatty acid biosynthesis in bacteria and plants at the Carlsberg Laboratory, Copenhagen Denmark. In 1996-1997, I moved to the laboratory of David Cane at Brown University, Rhode Island USA, working on the polyketide synthase involved in the biosynthesis of the antibiotic erythromycin. On returning to Australia, I established a research group working on the polyketide antifungal drug Amphotericin B.  My focus involves establishing the mechanisms for the regulation of synthesis and delivery. These projects require strong interdisciplinary work across chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology and the general biotechnology industry. This drove my passion on ensuring cross-discipline transferable skill development in my students which has translated into my undergraduate as well as postgraduate teaching.  

As WSU’s first Principal Fellow of the HigherEducation Academy (PFHEA), I was internationally recognised as a highly experienced professional, with a sustained, strategic and effective record of impact in teaching and learning with a wide commitment to academic practice both within the institution and the sector. I  have a strong interest in developing curricula for our educated citizens of the future who will have significant roles in our global society and workforces. This includes my research into novel and accessable resources to support students with diverse educational backgrounds and work developing student recognition of employability skill development. Through my work as a passionate education-focused academic and my outstanding impact in the scholarship of teaching and learning, I have led a change in the vision for teaching and learning for science both at the institutional and sector level. As a result of this project in 2019, I received the Vice Chancellor's Award for Leadership.

With an academic role in the School of Science and as a lead "WSU Curriculum Champion",  through the Office of the PVC Learning Futures, I am continuing this work across the insitution. 


This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Chuck.


  • PhD University of New South Wales
  • BSc University of New South Wales


  • STEM Education
  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Teaching & Curriculum
  • Life Sciences


Phone: (02) 9685 9906
(02) 9685 9906
Location: EHA.1.05

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Chapters in Books

  • Millar, T., Knighton, R. and Chuck, J. (2015), 'Using biotinylated proteins to demonstrate immunodetection of antigens via western blotting, dot blots and immunohistochemistry', Detection of Blotted Proteins: Methods and Protocols, Humana Press 9781493927173.

Journal Articles

  • Jones, C., Wu, M., Cubeddu, L. and Chuck, J. (2020), 'Engaging the online biochemistry student in asynchronous, flexible learning activities', Australian Biochemist, vol 51, no 2 , pp 27 - 28.
  • Jones, C., Millar, T. and Chuck, J. (2019), 'Development of a rubric for identifying and characterizing work : integrated learning activities in science undergraduate courses', International Journal of Work-Integrated Learning, vol 20, no 4 , pp 351 - 364.
  • Grosas, A., Raju, S., Schuett, B., Chuck, J. and Millar, T. (2016), 'Determining if active learning through a formative assessment process translates to better performance in summative assessment', Studies in Higher Education, vol 41, no 9 , pp 1595 - 1611.
  • Chuck, J. and Old, J. (2014), 'Education of undergraduate Animal Science and Zoology students in professional practice : can we ensure ethical compliance and educational outcomes?', Australian Zoologist, vol 37, no 2 , pp 193 - 200.
  • Herok, G., Chuck, J. and Millar, T. (2013), 'Teaching and evaluating graduate attributes in science based disciplines', Creative Education, vol 4, no 7A2 , pp 42 - 49.
  • Millar, T., Knighton, R. and Chuck, J. (2012), 'The use of biotin to demonstrate immunohistochemistry, western blotting, and dot blots in university practical classes', Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, vol 40, no 4 , pp 246 - 253.
  • Chuck, J. (2011), 'Hypothetical biotechnology companies : a role-playing student centered activity for undergraduate science students', Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, vol 39, no 2 , pp 173 - 179.
  • Peirera, T., Nikodinovic, J., Nakazono, C., Dennis, G., Barrow, K. and Chuck, J. (2008), 'Community structure and antibiotic production of Streptomyces nodosus bioreactors cultured in liquid environments', Microbial Biotechnology, vol 1, no 5 , pp 373 - 381.
  • Chuck, J., Dunn, C., Facultad, F., Nakazono, C., Nikodinovic, J. and Barrow, K. (2006), 'Amplification of DNA Encoding Entire Type I Polyketide Synthase Domains and Linkers from Streptomyces Species', Current Microbiology, vol 53, no 2 , pp 89 - 94.
  • Pereira, T., Millar, T. and Chuck, J. (2005), 'Viability analysis of alginate encapsulated micro-organisms using fluorescent stains.', Journal of Microencapsulation, vol 22, no 7 , pp 787 - 792.
  • Chuck, J. and Young, L. (2004), 'A cohort driven assessment task for scientific report writing', Journal of Science Education and Technology, vol 13 , pp 367 - 376.
  • Nikodinovic, J., Barrow, K. and Chuck, J. (2003), 'High yield preparation of genomic DNA from Streptomyces', Biotechniques, vol 35 , pp 932 - 934.
  • Nikodinovic, J., Barrow, K. and Chuck, J. (2003), 'High Frequency transformation of the Amphotericin producting bacterium Streptomyces nodosus', Journal of Microbiological Methods, vol 55 , pp 273 - 277.

Conference Papers

  • Jones, C., Chuck, J. and Perrone, G. (2021), 'Evaluating co-teaching as an engagement strategy for online learning science students', Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education, Online.
  • Jones, C., Wu, M., Cubeddu, L. and Chuck, J. (2020), '21st century skill development in remote, on-line learning biochemistry students', Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education, Online.
  • Holdsworth, J., Semple, A., Meier, P., Jones, C., Smith, E., Trede, F., Casson-Medhurst, D. and Chuck, J. (2018), 'Assuring quality in WIL : is the devil in the detail?', Australian Collaborative Education Network. National Conference, Brisbane, Qld..
  • Jones, C., Millar, T. and Chuck, J. (2018), 'Development of a WIL rubric to facilitate identification and mapping of WIL activities in science courses', Australian Collaborative Education Network. National Conference, Brisbane, Qld..
  • Van Der Sterren, M., Dennis, G., Chuck, J. and Rahman, A. (2010), 'Rainwater tank water quality testing in Western Sydney Australia', World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2010, Providence.

Other Publications

  • 2022, 'MyVoice Pulse Survey of WSU Staff: Working Through the COVID-19 Pandemic', Report

Previous Projects

Title: The identification of proteins and genes involved in the biosynthesis of the antifungal drug Amphotericin B
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Jo-Anne Chuck
Years: 2000-01-01 - 2000-12-31
ID: P0011214
Title: Characterization of the life cycle of the bacterium Streptomyces nodosus; a producer of the antifungal drug amphotericin B
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Jo-Anne Chuck
Years: 2005-12-21 - 2006-12-20
ID: P0014975
Title: Development and implementation of MathBench for Australian universities to improve quantitative skills of science and mathematics students [via Deakin Uni]
  • Department of Education and Training (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Leanne Rylands and Jo-Anne Chuck
Years: 2013-12-19 - 2016-04-30
ID: P00022340
Title: Investigation of antibiotic properties of Tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii) pouch lipid secretions
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Julie Old and Jo-Anne Chuck
Years: 2006-12-20 - 2008-06-30
ID: P0015429
Title: Providing WIL across complex interconnected science degrees
  • Office of the Chief Scientist
Western Researchers: Jo-Anne Chuck, Christopher Jones and Thomas Millar
Years: 2016-02-19 - 2017-07-18
ID: P00023479
Title: Material Transfer Agreement - Memorandum of Understanding with Kosan Biosciences Inc
  • Kosan Biosciences Incorporated
Western Researchers: Jo-Anne Chuck
Years: 2001-07-26 - 2003-12-31
ID: P0013464
Title: The screening of environmental soil and sediment samples for diversity of polyketide synthase domains for use in genetic engineering
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Jo-Anne Chuck
Years: 2000-01-01 - 2001-12-31
ID: P0012944
Title: Determining the intracellular trafficking pathways of tachkinin-copper(II)-receptor complexes and elucidation of the fate of copper
  • Australian Rotary Health (non ACRG)
Western Researchers: Christopher Jones, Mark Jones and Jo-Anne Chuck
Years: 2018-04-27 - 2020-10-27
ID: P00025027


Associate Professor Chuck is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Characterisation of Biosynthetic Gene Clusters within Cyanobacteria
Field of Research:

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