Dr Justin M. Chalker


Senior Lecturer in Synthetic Chemistry, Flinders University


Justin M. Chalker earned a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.A. in the History and Philosophy of Science at The University of Pittsburgh in 2006. At Pittsburgh, he contributed to the total synthesis of several natural products under the direction of Theodore Cohen. Supported by a Rhodes Scholarship and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Justin then completed his D.Phil. thesis at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Benjamin Davis where he developed several tools for the site-selective modification of proteins, many of which are now commercialised. In 2012, Justin started his independent career as an assistant professor at The University of Tulsa where he established a diverse research program in organic chemistry, biochemistry and material science. In 2015, Justin moved to Flinders University as a Lecturer in Synthetic Chemistry and recipient of an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award. In 2017, Justin was promoted to Senior Lecturer and Research Leader in the Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology at Flinders University. Justin has earned >$2M AUD in competitive funding for his scholarly activities and he has been recognised with several awards for his efforts in teaching and research. These include the South Australian Tall Poppy of the Year (2016), Green Chemistry Emerging Investigator (2017), Dream Chemistry Award Finalist (1 of 5 globally, 2017), the Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry New Talent Award (2018), Eureka Prize Finalist for Outstanding Early Career Research (1 of 3 in Australia, 2018), the SA Science Excellence Awards STEM Educator of the Year (2018), and most recently the AMP Tomorrow Maker fellowship (2018).