Simin Maleknia

Simin Maleknia

Simin Maleknia was awarded her PhD from the University of Texas, Austin, completing her research and subsequent postdoctoral studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. Simin Maleknia worked both in academia and industry in the USA over several decades. In Australia, Simin Maleknia held a teaching & research appointment at Griffith University, Queensland, before joining UNSW, School of BEES as a Senior Research Fellow in 2006, and where she continues her research at the Centre for Ecosystem Science.

Simin Maleknia has published over 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles including several book chapters and reviews. Simin has been an active member of environmental, chemical and mass spectrometry societies, including the ANZSMS.  Simin Maleknia has given keynote and invited talks, and chaired sessions, at numerous conferences including Climate Change, the Nutrition Society of Australia,  and mass spectrometry and related conferences including ANZSMS22 (Sydney), the 18th IMSC (Germany), 1st Asian and Oceanic Mass Spectrometry (Japan), and those of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry.

Research interests of Simin Maleknia at the Centre for Ecosystem Science with project updates at ResearchGate:

1.  Environmental and Ecosystem Science: Impact of natural (e.g. Bushfire ) and man-made pollutants on agriculture and natural resources (atmosphere, soil & water);  Modelling environmental emissions using mass spectrometry data, following her Bushfire CRC / Bushfire NHCRC research. 

2.  Disease Pathogenesis Associated with Protein Structure and Damage: Protein oxidation to probe structure (by protein footprinting using Radical Probe Mass Spectrometry that she co-developed) and damage in relation to disease and ageing;  Impact of biogenic compounds on proteins Effect of diets on protein expression and health.

3.  Analytical Methods and Computer Algorithm Development: Development and application of mass spectrometry and analytical methods for the analysis of plant and marine organisms; Algorithms for interpretation of electrospray mass spectral data (eg. Charge Ratio Analysis Method or CRAM).

Selected Recent Publications:

Simin Maleknia, Berger J, Odermatt J (2016) Identification of Volatile Organic Compounds of Solid Waste by Pyrolysis GC/MS for Environmental Impact and Green Manufacturing, Air Quality and Climate Change, 50(2): 22-25.;dn=190837335852081;res=IELENG

Simin Maleknia, Downard KM (2016) New Anthocyanins from Black Elderberry of Inhibitory Potential Revealed by Mass Spectrometry, Nat. Prod. J., 6: 94-102.

Musah RA, Espinoza EO, Cody RB, Lesiak AD, Christensen ED, Moore HE, Simin Maleknia, Drijfhout FP (2015) A High Throughput Ambient Mass Spectrometric Approach to Species Identification and Classification from Chemical Fingerprint Signatures', Nature Scientific Reports, vol. 5, 11520.

Akashi S, Simin Maleknia, Saikusa K, Downard KM (2015) Stability of the βB2B3 Crystallin Heterodimer to Increased Oxidation by Radical Probe and Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry, J. Struct. Biol., 189: 20-27.

Simin Maleknia, Parcsi G, Stuetz R (2014) Analysis of Volatile Organic Compounds from Building Materials for Indoor Air Quality Assessment, Air Quality and Climate Change, 48(2): 13-16.;dn=459387090005528;res=IELENG

Simin Maleknia (2014) Environmental Effects of Wildfire Emissions Associated with Changing Climates, Air Quality and Climate Change, 48(1): 33-36.;dn=601687091504402;res=IELENG

Simin Maleknia, Downard KM (2014) Advances in Radical Probe Mass Spectrometry for Protein Footprinting in Chemical Biology Applications, Chem. Soc. Rev., 43, 3244 - 3258.

Simin Maleknia, Johnson RS (2012) Mass Spectrometry of Amino Acids and Proteins, in (ed.) Hughes AB (ed.), Amino Acids, Peptides and Proteins in Organic Chemistry: Analysis and Function of Amino Acids and Peptides, Volume 5, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH, pp. 1 - 50.

Simin Maleknia (2012) Mass Spectrometry’s Role in Studies of Volatile Organic Pollutants, in Comprehensive Environmental Mass Spectrometry (Advanced Topics in Environmental Science), Lebedev AT (ed.), ILM Publications, Hertfordshire, UK, pp. 239 - 261.

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