James focuses on the structural biology of and conformational change within the serpin superfamily of proteinase inhibitors. Additionally, he initiated a productive collaboration where he investigated the phylogeny and the role of conserved residues in the myosin superfamily and also played a pivotal role in generating testable predictions. In 1997, Dr Whisstock moved to Monash University. Since his arrival, he has founded the important new field of Bioinformatics and molecular modeling within the Department and initiated numerous new research directions. Whilst the primary focus of his work has been research into computational and structural biology, he has simultaneously continued his research on serpins and proteinases.
Professor Whisstock was awarded the Science Minister’s Prize for Life Scientist of the Year in 2006.