THE 2019 ASBMB FRED COLLINS AWARD: CHRISTOPHER STUBENRAUCH
Department of Microbiology
Dr Christopher Stubenrauch completed a Bachelor of Science at Monash University majoring in Chemistry and Microbiology. As the recipient of a Poultry CRC Scholarship, Chris spent his Honours year in Professor Julian Rood’s laboratory characterising regulatory genes from conjugative plasmids of Clostridium perfringens. Supported by an ARC Super Science Scholarship, Chris then undertook his PhD in Professor Trevor Lithgow’s laboratory, where he developed a radiolabelling pulse chase assay to determine the precise mechanistic details surrounding outer membrane protein biogenesis in the model bacterium Escherichia coli. For this work, Chris was honoured as the top completing PhD student in the Department of Microbiology at Monash University in 2016.
To date, Chris has published ten research manuscripts in highly regarded journals, including four as first author, and a book chapter. His first-author paper in Nature Microbiology was transformational for his field, demonstrating for the first time how a molecular machine, the translocation and assembly module, facilitates the assembly of fimbrial ushers. In recognition of this work, Chris won three student/ECR awards, including the 2017 Robert Porter Publication Prize.
As a regular attendee of the Lorne Conference on Protein Structure and Function, Chris was awarded a poster presentation prize in 2017 and selected to give an oral presentation in 2019. Chris was a speaker at both the 2018 Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) and Conference (GRC) on Protein Transport Across Cell Membranes, where he was elected to chair the next GRS on Protein Transport Across Cell Membranes to be held in 2020. Chris will use this Fellowship to support his attendance at the 2019 GRC on Mechanisms of Membrane Transport in New Hampshire, USA, which will allow him to exchange ideas with international experts within his membrane transport field.