Professor Richard Payne


Richard J. Payne graduated from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand in 2002. His final year project was supervised by Professor Andrew Abell and involved the synthesis and protein conjugation studies of vitamin K analogues. In 2003 he was awarded a Gates Scholarship to undertake his PhD at the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge (Downing College) under the supervision of Professor Chris Abell. His PhD research entailed the design, synthesis and evaluation of inhibitors of enzymes on, and downstream of the shikimate pathway. After a short postdoctoral tenure at the University of Cambridge (Feb-June 2006), Richard moved to The Scripps Research Institute under the auspices of a Lindemann Postdoctoral Fellowship and the guidance of Professor Chi-Huey Wong. Here, he was involved in the development of new methods for the synthesis of glycopeptides and glycoproteins. In 2008 he moved to the University of Sydney where he is currently a Professor in Organic Chemistry and Chemical Biology within the School of Chemistry.

Education and employment

2002 | Bachelor of Science (Hons) (Chemistry) | University of Canterbury, New Zealand

2003-2006 | PhD (Organic & Medicinal Chemistry) | University of Cambridge, UK

2006 | Postdoctoral Research Fellow | University of Cambridge, UK

2006-2008 | Postdoctoral Research Fellow | The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, USA

2008-2010 | Lecturer | The University of Sydney, Australia

2011-2012 | Senior Lecturer | The University of Sydney, Australia

2013-2015 | Associate Professor | The University of Sydney, Australia

2015-present | Professor of Organic Chemistry & Chemical Biology | The University of Sydney, Australia


2001 | Hayden Prize in Chemistry

2001 | C. E. Fenwick Prize in Chemistry

2002 | Foundation for Research, Science and Technology – Bright Futures Award

2002 | Warwick Cook Memorial Scholarship

2002 | Canterbury Doctoral Scholarship

2003 | Gates Scholarship (Study towards a PhD at the University of Cambridge)

2006 | Lindemann Fellowship

2008 | Royal Australian Chemical Institute Biota Medal for Medicinal Chemistry

2010 | New South Wales Young Tall Poppy Award

2011 | Royal Australian Chemical Institute 2011 Rennie Memorial Medal

2012 | Royal Australian Chemical Institute Organic Division Athel Beckwith lectureship

2013 | Business Events Sydney Future Leader

2013 | Tregear Award in Peptide Science

2014 | Australian Research Council Future Fellowship

2014 | Australian Academy of Science Le Fèvre Memorial Prize

2014 | The Royal Society of NSW Edgeworth David Medal

2015 | MedChemComm Emerging Investigator Lectureship

2015 | The Leo Dintenfass Memorial Award for Excellence in Research

2015 | Chemical Society of Japan Distinguished Lectureship Award

2016 | The Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year

2017 | Vice Chancellors Award for Research Excellence

2018 | Faculty of Science Teaching and Learning Award for Outstanding Higher Degree Supervision

2018 | A. J. Birch Medal (Royal Australian Chemical Institute)

2019 | IUPAC Periodic Table of Younger Chemists Award – Selenium

2019 | HG Smith Memorial Award

2020 | Liversidge Lectureship