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Professor Geoff Jameson

Professor Geoff Jameson

Associate Investigator

Functional Nanostructures

+64 6 356 9099, ext. 84626

Institute of Fundamental Sciences
Massey University
Riddet Road
Private Bag 11 222
Palmerston North 4442


Geoff Jameson received his BSc Hons (1974) and PhD degrees (1977) from the University of Canterbury, under the mentorship of Ward Robinson and the late Gordon Rodley on the structural chemistry of picket-fence porphyrins.

Following postdoctoral positions at Northwestern Univeristy (bioinorganic chemistry) and University of Zürich (chemistry within the solid state) and a tenured position at Georgetown University (bioinorganic and magneto-chemistry), he returned to New Zealand, joining Massey University in 1994 and moved into structural biology, becoming Professor in Structural Chemistry and Biology in 2001.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2003, and was awarded the Massey University Research Medal (Individual) in 2010 and the Marsden Medal of the New Zealand Association of Scientists in 2011.

Along the way, he has published over 170 papers and book chapters, helped with NZ’s investment and access to the Australian Synchrotron (on-going), secured funding for NZ’s highest field NMR spectrometer, the Bruker 700 MHz with Cryoprobe, advised on the MacDiarmid Institute-funded acquisition of Massey University’s unique capability for chemical crystallography, and contributed fully to teaching at all levels.

In addition to being an Associate Investigator in the MacDiarmid Institute, he is an AI of the Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular BioDiscovery and the Biomolecular Interactions Centre, and a Principal Investigator in the Riddet Institute.

Research interests

Geoff enjoys some notoriety for work on pathological crystal structures, both protein and small(ish) molecules.

Research interests span solid-state chemistry to enzyme structure and function (superoxide dismutases and enzymes from metabolic pathways present in microorganisms but not in humans) to biophysical properties of food components and modifiers (β-lactoglobulin and pectin/pectin methylesterase) and to origin of life studies on the chemical and physical behaviour of RNA and its components at extremes of pressure and temperature.

This latter is concomitant with the development of high-pressure/high-temperature NMR capability at Massey University.

I am increasingly interested in the role that entropy, the "dynamics of thermodynamics", plays in protein structure and function. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance techniques and molecular dynamics simulations give insight into this fourth dimension of time.

Professor Geoff Jameson

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2018 funding successes - Annual Report 2018

April 8, 2019

Funding successes for our investigators and their research programmes during 2018. This funding enables our researchers and collaborators to continue their breakthrough research in advanced materials and nanotechnology.

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