Senior Lecturer at School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, University of Queensland
Dr. Michael Landsberg is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, University of Queensland. His group is interested in understanding the structure and function of biological assemblies and has provided unprecedented insights into our understanding of the ways in which proteins and other molecules come together and function as large, macromolecular machines. In particular, his group was the first to discover how a new family of bacterial protein toxins is assembled into a multi-functional protein machinery that combines maturation, folding, transportation, targeting and injection of a potent cytotoxin into susceptible cells. These toxins were originally discovered in bacteria that are naturally occurring pathogens of insects and our discoveries have helped to guide strategies which might prove useful in the development of next generation biopesticides.