School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland, New Zealand


Dr. Matias Kinzurik


  •  Synthetic Biology
  •  Metabolomics
  •  Microbiology
  •  Industrial Biotechnology
  • Yeast Genetics
  • Analytical Chemistry


  •  2017 – PhD in Chemical Sciences, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
  •  2012 – MSc in Chemistry, Rice University, USA
  •  2009 – BSc (Honours) in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina


New Zealand’s geographical isolation has produced rather unique flora and fauna not found anywhere else in the world. This presents a great opportunity for the discovery of secondary metabolites with potential pharmaceutical and industrial applications within these native species.
My research focuses on the genome mining of unique New Zealand fungi for genetic clusters responsible for the production of pigments, with the objective of exploring their use as natural substitutes of food colouring dyes.
Once these compounds are identified, I turn my focus to their heterologous production in baker’s yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae), through metabolic engineering strategies that will allow for commercially viable yields.


Matias I. Kinzurik, Kien Ly, Karine M. David, Richard C. Gardner, and Bruno Fedrizzi. The GLO1 Gene is Required for Full Activity of O-Acetyl Homoserine Sulfhydrylase encoded by MET17. ACS Chemical Biology, 2017, 12, 2, 414-421. doi: 10.1021/acschembio.6b00815

Matias I. Kinzurik, Mandy Herbst-Johnstone, Richard C. Gardner, and Bruno Fedrizzi. Hydrogen Sulfide Production during Yeast Fermentation causes the Accumulation of Ethanethiol, S-Ethyl Thioacetate and Diethyl Disulfide. Food Chemistry, 2016, 209, 341-347. doi: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2016.04.094

Matias I. Kinzurik, Mandy Herbst-Johnstone, Richard C. Gardner, and Bruno Fedrizzi. Evolution of Volatile Sulfur Compounds during Wine Fermentation. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (ACS), 2015, 63, 36, 8017-8024. doi: 10.1021/acs.jafc.5b02984

Matias I. Kinzurik, Lachezar V. Hristov, Seiichi P. T. Matsuda, and Zachary T. Ball. Mixed Bioengineering–Chemical Synthesis Approach for the Efficient Preparation of Δ7-Dafachronic Acid. Organic Letters (ACS), 2014, 16, 8, 2188-2191. doi: 10.1021/ol5006642

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