Dr Damien Callahan

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer in Chemistry

Faculty

Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env

Department

School of Life & Env. Sciences

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Graduate Certificate in University Teaching, University of Melbourne, 2012
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 2007

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Biography

Dr Damien Callahan is a Senior Lecturer in Chemistry in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at Deakin University (Melbourne, Australia). His research spans analytical mass spectrometry, metabolomics, chemical ecology and applied research on metal hyperaccumulating plants and microalgal lipid biochemistry. He has more than 20 years experience in analytical chemistry in both industry and academic environments. His research has advanced the methodology used for small molecule and lipid analysis in the rapidly progressing omics fields. More recently his work has expanded to chemical ecology with field-based projects including a campaign on the RV Investigator, the CSIRO marine research vessel. His laboratory comprises a suite of state-of-the-art mass spectrometry equipment enabling elemental, small molecule and protein analysis. Dr Callahan is also passionate about teaching chemistry at both under-graduate and post-graduate levels.

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Units taught

SLE133 - Chemistry in our World

SLE155 - Chemistry for the professional sciencecs

SLE213 - The analtyical chemist's toolbox

SLE229 - Introduction to separation science

Knowledge areas

Metabolomics

Lipidomics

Analytical mass spectrometry

Chemical ecology

Metal hyperaccumulating plants

Algal lipid biochemistry

Awards

The Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) C.S. Piper prize (November 2010), given for the best published research in Australia on either soil chemistry or the mineral nutrition of plants

Publications

No publications found

Funded Projects at Deakin

No Funded Projects at Deakin found

Supervisions

Associate Supervisor
2021

Aydin Enez

Thesis entitled: Bacterially derived siderophore improves metal stress tolerance of Brassica napus

Doctor of Philosophy (Biol & Chem), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Dasun Premachandra

Thesis entitled: Identification and mechanistic assessment of rhizobacteria that enhance canola growth

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

2019

Sundara Mudiyanselage Udayanga Mawalagedera

Thesis entitled: A Phylogenetic and Metabolomic Approach to Identify Medicinal Potential in Australasian Magnoliids

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Lawrence Webb

Thesis entitled: Exploring tropane alkaloid production in Australian Duboisia plantations

Doctor of Philosophy (Biol & Chem), School of Life and Environmental Sciences