Humans of FHMRI: Briony Forbes


Briony Forbes is a seasoned biochemistry professional at Flinders University, leading research on insulin and insulin-like growth factors to develop improved insulin analogues for diabetes treatment. With extensive experience in protein chemistry and structure/function, Briony employs techniques such as protein expression, purification, and in vitro cell biology assays. Passionate about advancing knowledge and impacting public health, she enjoys an active lifestyle through cycling, bushwalking, golf, and rowing, and values time with family and friends.


In 25 words or less, tell us what your research is about?

We are aiming to develop improved insulin analogues for the treatment of diabetes that have superior properties, such as ultra-rapid action, taking a structural biology approach to understand the mechanism of insulin action.

How do you believe your research will impact patient care or public health outcomes?

Through improved blood glucose control, diabetic patients will avoid long-term complications that significantly impact their health.

What do you enjoy most about being a researcher?

I enjoy being at the forefront of knowledge and the creativity required to push knowledge boundaries

What do you do when you’re not researching?

I love being active through cycling, bushwalking, golf and rowing. I also value being with family and friends as much as I can.

What advice would you give to aspiring health and medical researchers?

Do it!! Research is very rewarding as it can have a significant impact on people’s health.

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