RESEARCH INTERESTS

Anton has found himself gravitating towards the interface between natural and synthetic polymers, be it from the perspective of stabilizing proteins or using polymer-protein hybrid materials for drug delivery. According to Anton, design space exploration of synthetic macromolecules in context of biomacromolecules is not entirely unlike deep space exploration, both in terms of getting lost and finding something unique and exciting.

 

EDUCATION

PhD, Chemistry, Aarhus University - 2014
Thesis: Antiviral Polymer Therapeutics

BS, Medicinal Chemistry, Aarhus University - 2009
Thesis: Radiolabeling of Caspofungin

 

ANTON A. A. SMITH

HONORS, AWARDS, and SCHOLARSHIPS

Sapere Aude Research Talent Prize, 2015
Postdoctoral Travel Grant, Danish Council for Independent Research, 2015
Alfred Benzon Postdoctoral Travel Grant (awarded and declined), 2015

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Department of Materials Science & Engineering, University of California at Berkeley,  Mar 2016 – July 2017
Research Advisor: Prof. Ting Xu

Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University, Aug 2010 – Oct 2015 
Research Advisor: Prof. Alexander N. Zelikin

Center for Catalysis, Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University, Sept 2009 – July 2010 
Research Advisor: Prof. Karl-Anker Jorgensen

Aarhus University Hospital, Aug 2008 – Aug 2009 
Research Advisor: Dr. Lise Falborg & Prof. Troels Skrydstrup

 

ABOUT

Though the passport says he is born in Australia, Anton identifies as Danish having spent the majority of his life among Danes, enjoying pickled herring and coping with the un-Australian weather of Scandinavia. Prior to his studies he served with the Danish armed forces, though left due to the allure of student life. He has a taste of adventure and a history of entertaining too many hobbies. These include juggling, spear fishing, jazz, cooking and unicycling. His biggest passion is science, and Anton is blogging about the (mis)representation of science and chemistry in Danish media. While here, he tries to take advantage of the perpetually good weather of California, as the sun seems dead set on neglecting northern Europe.