A/PROF Ethan Goddard-Borger

A/PROF Ethan Goddard-Borger


  • Glycobiology



  • Ethan Goddard-Borger obtained his BSc(Hons) and PhD in chemistry at the University of Western Australia (UWA). His PhD studies were supported by the prestigious Hackett PhD Scholarship. During this time Ethan acquired skills and knowledge in synthetic organic chemistry and chemoenzymatic synthesis. He completed his PhD studies in December 2008 and was awarded a distinction by UWA in recognition of the exceptional quality of his doctoral thesis.

    Ethan subsequently moved to the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2009 to conduct postdoctoral studies with Prof. Stephen G. Withers, FRS. In this laboratory he acquired skills in medicinal chemistry, mechanistic enzymology and molecular biology. His tenure here was supported by a postdoctoral fellowship awarded to him by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. His postdoctoral studies were very productive, resulting in the publication of numerous papers and a patent.

    In July 2012, at the age of 30, Ethan began working as an independent Laboratory Head within the Chemical Biology division at The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research. He works on the development of new therapies for the treatment of infectious diseases.




Selected publications


Education and training

  • Canada, University of British Columbia
  • PhD, The University of Western Australia
  • BSc(Hons), The University of Western Australia


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • My research group harnesses the knowledge and techniques of both chemistry and biology to gain a better understanding of infectious diseases (often neglected diseases) and to pioneer new approaches to treating these maladies.

    Prospective Honours, Masters and PhD students with interests in chemistry, biochemistry and/or molecular biology are encouraged to make further enquires.

    Currently, all available projects focus on studying and interfering with carbohydrate-processing pathways in pathogenic Eukaryota like the protists and fungi.

    These projects offer a range of unexplored research avenues to prospective students. They are ideal for those who wish to immerse themselves in an interdisciplinary laboratory to develop a diverse skill set and knowledge base. Depending on an individual’s preferences and background, the project can be tailored to include a range of activities, including: recombinant protein expression, enzyme kinetics and mutagenesis studies, chemical synthesis, medicinal chemistry and proteomics.