Max Keniry graduated from the University of Sydney with a BSc (hons) and received his PhD from the University of Sydney. He has since held positions at the University of Illinois (1980-1983), CSIRO (1983), University of California at San Francisco (1984-1987), the Australian National University (1988-1993) before his appointment as Fellow at the Research School of Chemistry. He has been awarded the Iredale Prize, University of Sydney (1974), the Royal Australian Chemical Institute Prize (1974), the CSR Prize, University of Sydney (1975), the Union Carbide Australia Ltd Major Prize, University of Sydney (1975).
One of the great challenges of contemporary Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is the application of the technique to highly complex problems in biology. No other form of spectroscopy can contribute to the elucidation of the structure, function and dynamics of biomacromolecules at the atomic level. Our research is focused on the following three broad areas: the structure of complexes between DNA and anticancer antibiotics; the structure of unusual forms of DNA that have biological significance; and the structure and function of moderately sized proteins with a special focus on proteins that bind to DNA and RNA.