Gavin Flematti

Dr, PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M313), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Dr Gavin Flematti completed his undergraduate and PhD studies at UWA, followed by post-doctoral studies and a prestigious Australian Future Fellowship award at UWA. He currently holds a teaching and research position in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UWA.

Funding overview

Major Grants

2022-2024 Australian Research Council Linkage Project. Unlocking the genetic and biochemical potential of kangaroo paws.  Field D, Flematti G, Ortiz-Barrientos D, Krauss S, Growns D, Hawkes D, Chan Y, Barton N, Stankowski S, Coen E, Paun O.  

2021-2023 Australian Research Council Discovery Project. From energy stress to hormones: new signals in bacteria and plants. Waters M, Flematti GR, Fritz G.

2021-2023 Australian Research Council Discovery Project. The evolution of specialised orchid pollination and its reversibility. Peakall R, Flematti GR, Phillips R, Pichersky E.

2020-22 Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation. Screening for new drugs to treat COVID-19 using compounds from WA plants, fungi and marine organisms. Flematti GR, Imrie A, Bond C, Chooi YH.

2021 Australian Research Council Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Fund. High Resolution Mass Spectrometer for Chemical Characterisation in WA. Flematti GR, Low PJ, Koutsantonis GA, Stubbs KA, Chooi Y, Joll C Allard S, Payne A.

2021 WA Future Health Research and Infrastructure Focus Grants: COVID-19 program High High-throughput platform for screening of drugs to treat COVID-19 and rapid diagnosis. Chooi H, Flematti GR, Fritz G, Kaur P, Abraham S.

2020-22 AgriFutures Australia. Non-Invasive Detection of American Foulbrood Infection,. Grassl J, Flematti GR, Putrino G, Baker, MV.

Teaching overview

CHEM1002 (S2) Structure and Reactivity

CHEM2101 Analytical Methods

CHEM2103 Synthetic and Biological Organic Chemistry

CHEM4001 Advanced Studies in Chemistry

MSC4001-4005 Honours Coordinator

MSCI4006 Advanced Techniques in Molecular Sciences


Natural Products and Chemical Ecology

The primary research interest in the Flematti Lab is the isolation and identification of bioactive natural products. The specific activity of these compounds ranges from antibacterial and anticancer activity, through to organism defence and chemical communication. As well as traditional natural product extraction and isolation, we make use of sophisticated analytical instruments including HPLC, GC-MS, HPLC-MS and more recently GC-EAD/MS, to aid in the detection and isolation of bioactive compounds, which are characterised using NMR spectroscopy and high resolution MS techniques. Depending on the structure and function, interesting compounds are confirmed through chemical synthesis.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Research expertise keywords

  • Natural products and chemical ecology


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