About Us

Michelle Liberio

Michelle Liberio


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, APCRC-Q
  • Member, IHBI, QUT

Contact Details

+61 451 133 087


  • PhD, Griffith University, Australia, 2014
  • MSc Animal Biology, University of Brasilia, Brazil, 2008
  • BSc Biology, University of Brasilia, Brazil, 2005


In 2006, after receiving her Diploma in Biology from the University of Brasilia (Brazil), Ms Liberio received her Master’s degree in Animal Biology at the same university. She studied peptides isolated from the skin secretions of frogs, identifying antimicrobial and cytotoxic molecules. In the same year, she decided to acquire new skills in New Zealand, studying visual communication for three months. Ms Liberio arrived in Australia in 2009 to undertake her PhD studies at Griffith University’s Eskitis Institute for Cell and Molecular Therapies investigating natural products isolated from Australian ascidians. Her PhD project aims to purify compounds that are cytotoxic to prostate and breast cancer cells and to identify some of the targets of these secondary metabolites.

Research interests

purification and characterization of new anticancer compounds isolated from marine organisms

Top publications

  • Liberio MS, Sooraj D, Williams ED, Feng Y,  Davis RA. Kingamide A, a new indole alkaloid from the ascidian Leptoclinides kingi. Tetrahedron Letters. 2011; 52(50):6729-6731. doi:10.1016/j.tetlet.2011.09.151
  • Liberio MS, Joanitti GA, Azevedo RB, Cilli EM, Zanotta LC, Nascimento AC, Sousa MV, Pires-Júnior OR, Fontes W, Castro MS. Anti-proliferative and cytotoxic activity of pentadactylin isolated from Leptodactylus labyrinthicus on melanoma cells. Amino Acids. 2011; 40(1)51-59. doi: 10.1007/s00726-009-0384-y
  • Vargas JAG, Libério MS, Castro M S. Biotechnological application of Toxinology: the importance of the scorpios venom and the skin secretions of anurans (Aplicación biotecnológica de la toxinología: la importancia del veneno de escorpiones y la secreción cutánea de anuros). Innovacion y Ciencia, Bogotá-Colômbia. 2008; 15:16-25.


  • Prof Ron Quinn, Eskitis Institute, Griffith University
  • Dr Rohan Davis, Eskitis Institute, Griffith University

Professional memberships and associations

Current The Royal Australian Chemical Institute Inc.
Current The Australian Society for Medical Research