Professor Geoff Jameson

Jameson Geoff

Professor Geoff Jameson

Associate Investigator

Phone: 06 356 9099 ext. 84626

Postal Address:

Institute of Fundamental Sciences
Massey University
Riddet Road
Private Bag 11 222
Palmerston North 4442

Geoff Jameson received his BSc Hons (1974) and PhD degrees (1977) from the University of Canterbury, under the mentorship of Ward Robinson and the late Gordon Rodley on the structural chemistry of picket-fence porphyrins.  Following postdoctoral positions at Northwestern Univeristy (bioinorganic chemistry) and University of Zürich (chemistry within the solid state) and a tenured position at Georgetown University (bioinorganic and magneto-chemistry), he returned to New Zealand, joining Massey University in 1994 and moved into structural biology, becoming Professor in Structural Chemistry and Biology in 2001. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2003, and was awarded the Massey University Research Medal (Individual) in 2010 and the Marsden Medal of the New Zealand Association of Scientists in 2011. Along the way, he has published over 170 papers and book chapters, helped with NZ’s investment and access to the Australian Synchrotron (on-going), secured funding for NZ’s highest field NMR spectrometer, the Bruker 700 MHz with Cryoprobe, advised on the MacDiarmid Institute-funded acquisition of Massey University’s unique capability for chemical crystallography, and contributed fully to teaching at all levels.

In addition to being an Associate Investigator in the MacDiarmid Institute, he is an AI of the Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular BioDiscovery and the Biomolecular Interactions Centre, and a Principal Investigator in the Riddet Institute.

Research Interests

Geoff enjoys some notoriety for work on pathological crystal structures, both protein and small(ish) molecules. Research interests span solid-state chemistry to enzyme structure and function (superoxide dismutases and enzymes from metabolic pathways present in microorganisms but not in humans) to biophysical properties of food components and modifiers (β-lactoglobulin and pectin/pectin methylesterase) and to origin of life studies on the chemical and physical behaviour of RNA and its components at extremes of pressure and temperature. This latter is concomitant with the development of high-pressure/high-temperature NMR capability at Massey University.


Associated Content


Teamwork facilitates a detailed pressure-induced spin crossover study

Our team around Principal Investigator Sally Brooker, Associate Investigator Geoff Jameson and Emeritus Investigator Jeff Tallon took on the challange and investigated a first row transition metal complex upon their spin states under the influence of external stimuli such as pressure and temperature. When the ligand field in octahedral d4-d7 first row transition metal complexes […]


Last thoughts for 2011

We have had a large number of successes this year, starting with Professor Sir Paul Callaghan (VUW) being named New Zealander of the Year which led straight into our biennial International conference.  This year the conference was held in Wellington and it was the largest of the five that we have held, bringing several hundred […]


Prof Geoff Jameson: 2011 Marsden Medal

Professor Geoff Jameson was awarded the 2011 New Zealand Association of Scientists’ Marsden Medal. The Marsden Medal is awarded for a lifetime of outstanding service to the cause or profession of science, in recognition of service rendered to the cause or profession of science in the widest connotation of the phrase. Geoff is an Associate […]

Collaborating On A (Very) Small Scale

    Casual conversations over conference tea-cups, chance meetings in stairwells, idle flicking through a journal – these may not sound like the stuff of which scientific endeavours are made, but they can provide a surprisingly significant role in the development of research projects and collaborations that span an organisation, a city, sometimes even the […]

The Ultimate Video Game

  Most research techniques or instruments are familiar only to the people who work with them, but there are a few that have become well known outside the scientific community. X-ray crystallography, or more generally X-ray diffraction, is one of them. Pioneered by Nobel laureates Max von Laue and the father/son combination of William Henry and […]

Being a PhD Student in New Zealand

  Raoul Peltier, France What degree are you doing?A PhD in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Auckland, supervised by Professors David Williams and Margaret Brimble. What is your research about?Antifreeze glycoproteins found in Antarctic fishes inhibit the growth of tiny ice crystals at cold temperatures. This allows the fish to survive in […]