Dr. Lara Malins is a group leader and ARC DECRA fellow at the Research School of Chemistry at the Australian National University. She completed her B.A. in chemistry at Boston University in 2009 before relocating to The University of Sydney to undertake her PhD with Professor Richard Payne on the development of new peptide ligation strategies. In 2015, Lara joined the laboratory of Professor Phil Baran at The Scripps Research Institute as a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral research fellow. She began her independent academic career in November 2017 at the ANU, where her group focuses on the development of new strategies for peptide macrocyclization and late-stage modifications, with applications in the synthesis of bioactive peptide natural products.