Professor Vic Arcus
Professor Vic Arcus is a leader of the ‘Antimicrobial Resistance’ flagship research programme.
He is a Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Waikato. His research group is interested in the structural and functional biology of microbial toxin-antitoxin networks, with particular focus on Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The group are also interested in developing transition state analogues as enzyme inhibitors. These inhibitors can be the launching pad for new antibiotics.
Prof Arcus earned his Bachelor and Master’s degrees at the University of Waikato before completing a PhD at Cambridge University in the UK. He spent eight years at the University of Auckland before returning to the University of Waikato in 2006.
In 2017, he received the prestigious James Cook Research Fellowship to support his work in ‘Macromolecular Rate Theory (MMRT): The temperature dependence of biological rates from enzymes to ecosystems’.