Julia Kurz

PhD Student
University of Queensland

Brisbane, QLD

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  • Mentoring
  • Sitting on boards or committees
  • Providing an expert opinion
  • Outreach activities
  • Conference presenting
  • Opportunities to collaborate


Julia Kurz is a final year medicinal chemistry PhD student at the University of Queensland. Julia completed her bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology also at the University of Queensland, with dual majors in drug design and development / innovation management. Graduating in 2017 with first class honours, she received a prize for achieving the top honours mark in her cohort. Her honours research focused on developing metallo-β-lactamase inhibitors to aid in combatting antibiotic resistance.  She began her PhD in the same lab where her multidisciplinary research focuses on developing enzyme inhibitors as potential tuberculosis drugs. Specifically, she is looking at blocking the action of ketol-acid reductoisomerase (KARI), a key enzyme required by the tuberculosis bacterium to biosynthesise branched chain amino acids.  She has published her research in three peer-reviewed journal articles and has presented award-winning talks at a variety of symposiums.  Julia is a member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI), and has specifically been involved in the RACI Queensland Early Career Chemists group which provides networking and professional development opportunities for young chemists.

Julia identifies as lgbtqia+.