Yikai (Gilbert) Song

As part of his PhD candidature with the Centre for Fragment Based Design, Gilbert is looking forward to doing an industry placement and getting real world experience within a pharmaceutical company.

“I would love to work in a research and development lab within the pharmaceutical industry after my PhD – and be involved in the development of new therapeutic medicine,” he says.

Research Overview

Gilbert’s research is focused on the identification of novel hit compounds against the Calcium-sensing receptor, which can potentially be used to treat endocrine diseases such as hyperparathyroidism, familial hypocalciuric hypercalcemia (FHH) and autosomal dominant hypocalcemia (ADH), as well as respiratory disorders such as asthma.

“Doing a PhD gives me the chance to uncover new knowledge, learning cutting-edge techniques – and connect with people that are experts in their fields.”


Gilbert completed his undergraduate and honours degree in Medicinal Chemistry at Monash University.