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Dr Asmaa Boufridi

PhD Nat.Prod.Chem Paris XI, GradCertHEdILearnTeach Curtin, AFHEA

  • Research Fellow
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Sunshine Coast
Asmaa Boufridi

Asmaa is a natural product chemist in the Centre for Bioinnovation and School of Science, Technology and Engineering at UniSC. She completed her PhD in 2014 at the University Paris XI in creating a library of active compounds by modifying the structure of a marine natural product using chemistry and biotransformation. Asmaa joined Griffith University in 2015 as a postdoctoral research fellow focusing on the determination of active new compounds using NMR guided isolation and NMR metabolomics. In 2020, Asmaa joined the University of the Sunshine Coast as a research officer identifying and quantifying natural compounds using HPLC-MS and GC-MS. Asmaa holds a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education and is recognised as an AFHEA.

  • 2021: Advance Higher Education Fellowship (AFHEA)
  • 2018: Travel grant award (the American Society of Pharmacognosy Annual Meeting)
  • 2015: Video competition for the Australian Academy of Science EMCR, Thinkable competitions
  • 2011: National exam for obtaining a PhD scholarship, first position for the central region of Algeria, destination: France

Research grants

2022: Professor Abigail Elizur, Dr Asmaa Boufridi, Dr Tianfang Wang Algae Biotechnology: Identifying natural products funded by Provectus Algae Pty Ltd 


Research areas

  • Natural Products Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Metabolomics

Dr Asmaa Boufridi is the Course Coordinator for CHM202 Organic Chemistry

Teaching areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Drug Discovery
  • Boufridi, S. Petek, L. Evanno, M. A. Beniddir, C. Debitus, D. Buisson, E. Poupon, Biotransformation versus chemical modifications: new cytotoxic analogues of marine sesquiterpene ilimaquinone, Tetrahedron Letters, 57(44), 4922- 4925, 2016. (Cover page of the Journal).
  • Boufridi, D. Lachkar, D. Erpenbeck, M. A. Beniddir, L. Evanno, S. Petek, C. Debitus, E. Poupon, Ilimaquinone and 5- epi-ilimaquinone: beyond a simple diastereomeric ratio, Australian Journal of Chemistry, 70(6), 743-750, 2016. (Cover page of the Journal).
  • Boufridi, R. J. Quinn, Harnessing the properties of natural products, invited paper to Annual Review of Pharmacology and Toxicology, 58, 451-470, 2018
  • Boufridi (and >40 authors, alphabetically listed). The value of universally available raw NMR data for transparency, reproducibility, and integrity in natural product research. Natural Product Reports, 36, 35-107, 2019. (Invited).
  • Bonneau, G. Chen, D. Lachkar, A. Boufridi, J.-F. Gallard, P. Retailleau, S. Petek, C. Debitus, L. Evanno, M. A. Beniddir, E. Poupon, An Unprecedented Blue Chromophore Found in Nature by a “Chemistry First” and Molecular Networking Approach: Discovery of Dactylocyanines A-H, Chemistry-A European Journal, 23(58), 14454-14461, 2017.

Dr Asmaa Boufridi’s specialist areas of expertise include isolation and quantification of natural products, chromatography (HPLC and GC), spectroscopy and mass spectrometry, structural modification of small molecules, drug discovery, and metabolomics.

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