• Bergquist PL, Siddiqui S, Sunna A (2020) Cell-free biocatalysis for the production of platform chemicals. Frontiers in Energy Research, 8:193

  • Petroll K, Care A, Bergquist PL, Sunna A (2020) A novel framework for the cell-free enzymatic production of glucaric acid. Metabolic Engineering, 57:162-173

  • Kopp D, Sunna A (2020) Alternative carbohydrate pathways - enzymes, functions and engineering. Critical Reviews in Biotechnology, 40:895–912

  • Sunna A, Daniellou R (2020). Novel Enzyme and Whole-Cell Biocatalysts. Sunna and Daniellou (eds.) MDPI Publisher, Basel, Switzerland.

  • Kopp D, Bergquist PL, Sunna A (2020) Enzymology of Alternative Carbohydrate Catabolic Pathways. Catalysts, 10:231,

  • Bansal R, Elgundi Z, Goodchild SC, Care A, Lord MS, Rodger A, Sunna A (2020) The effect of oligomerization on a solid-binding peptide binding to silica-based materials. Nanomaterials, 10:1070.

  • Bansal R, Elgundi Z, Care A, Goodchild SC, Lord MS, Rodger A, Sunna A (2020) Elucidating the binding mechanism of a novel silica-binding peptide. Biomolecules, 10:4

  • Rajendran VK, Bakthavathsalam P, Bergquist PL, Sunna A (2020) Smartphone technology facilitates point-of-care nucleic acid diagnosis: a beginner’s guide. Critical Reviews in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 1-24

  • Potluri PR, Rajendran VK, Sunna A, Wang Y (2020) Rapid and specific duplex detection of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus genes by surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. Analyst, 145, 2789-2794

  • Khatiwada B, Hasan MT, Sun A, Kamath KS, Mirzaei M, Sunna A, Nevalainen H (2020) Proteomic response of Euglena gracilis to heavy metal exposure – Identification of key proteins involved in heavy metal tolerance and accumulation. Algal Research, 45:101764

  • Khatiwada B, Hasan MT, Sun A, Kamath KS, Mirzaei M, Sunna A, Nevalainen H (2020) Probing the role of the chloroplasts in heavy metal tolerance and accumulation in Euglena gracilis. Microorganisms, 8: 115

  • Khatiwada B, Sunna A, Nevalainen H (2020) Molecular tools and applications of Euglena gracilis - from biorefineries to bioremediation. Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 8: 115


  • Kopp D, Willows R, Sunna A (2019) Cell-free enzymatic conversion of spent coffee grounds into the platform chemical lactic acid. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, 7:389

  • Petroll K, Kopp D, Care A, Bergquist PL, Sunna A (2019) Tools and strategies for constructing cell-free enzyme pathways. Biotechnology Advances, 37:91-108

  • Petroll K, Care A, Waterstraat M, Bergquist PL, Sunna A (2019) Mixed-mode liquid chromatography for the rapid analysis of biocatalytic glucaric acid reaction pathways. Analytica Chimica Acta, 1066:136-145

  • Kopp D, Willows R, Sunna A (2019) Characterisation of the first archaeal mannonate dehydratase from Thermoplasma acidophilum and its potential role in the catabolism of D-mannose. Catalysts, 9:234 

  • Rajendran VK, Bakthavathsalam P, Bergquist PL, Sunna A (2019) A portable nucleic acid detection system using natural convection combined with a smartphone. Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 134:68-75

  • Rajendran VK, Bakthavathsalam P, Bergquist PL, Sunna A (2019) Smartphone detection of antibiotic resistance using convective PCR and a lateral flow assay. Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 298:126849

  • Potluri PR, Rajendran VK, Tran CT, Mckenzie DR, Sunna A (2019) Linker-protein G mediated functionalization of polystyrene-encapsulated upconversion nanoparticles for rapid gene assay using convective PCR. Microchimica Acta, 186:346

  • Bansal R, Care A, Lord MS, Walsh TF, Sunna A (2019) Experimental and theoretical tools to elucidate the binding mechanisms of solid-binding peptides. New Biotechnology, 52:9-18

  • Polikarpov D, Liang L, Care A, Sunna A, Campbell D, Walsh B, Balalaeva I, Zvyagin A,  Gillatt D, Guryev E (2019) Functionalized upconversion nanoparticles for targeted labelling of bladder cancer cells. Biomolecules, 12:820

  • Gissibl A, Sun A, Care A, Nevalainen H, Sunna A (2019) Bioproducts from Euglena gracilis: synthesis and applications. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, 7:108

  • Gissibl A, Care A, Sun A, Hobba G, Nevalainen H, Sunna A (2019) Development of screening strategies for the identification of paramylon-degrading enzymes. Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology, 46:769-78

  • Sandra F, Khaliq NU, Sunna A, Care A (2019) Developing protein-based nanoparticles as versatile delivery systems for cancer therapy and imaging. Nanomaterials, 9:1329

  • Khatiwada B, Kautto L, Sunna A, Sun A, Nevalainen H (2019) Nuclear transformation of the versatile microalga Euglena gracilis. Algal Research, 37:178-185

  • Hasan MT, Sun A, Khatiwada B, McQuade L, Mirzaei M, Te'o J, Hobba G, Sunna A, Nevalainena H (2019) Comparative proteomics investigation of central carbon metabolism in Euglena gracilis grown under predominantly phototrophic, mixotrophic and heterotrophic cultivations. Algal Research, 43:101638


  • Diaz D, Care A, Sunna A (2018) Bioengineering strategies for protein-based nanoparticles. Genes, 9:370

  • Gissibl A, Care A, Parker LM, Iqbal S, Hobba G, Nevalainen H, Sunna A (2018) Microwave pretreatment of paramylon enhances the enzymatic production of soluble β-1,3-glucans with immunostimulatory activity. Carbohydrate Polymers, 196:339-347

  • Shipunova V, Zelepukin I, Stremovskiy OA, Nikitin MP, Care A, Sunna A, Andrei Zvyagin AV, Deyev SM (2018) A versatile platform for nanoparticle surface bioengineering based on SiO2-binding peptide and proteinaceous Barnase*Barstar interface. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 10:17437-17447


  • Sunna A, Care A, Bergquist PL (2017) Peptides and Peptide-based Biomaterials and their Biomedical Applications. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology 1030. Springer International Publishing (eBook ISBN 978-3-319-66095-0)

  • Care A, Bergquist PL, Sunna A (2017) Solid-Binding Peptides in Biomedicine. In Sunna A, Care A, Bergquist PL (eds) Peptides and Peptide-based Biomaterials and their Biomedical Applications. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology 1030:21-36

  • Hasan MT, Sun A, Mirzaei M, Ye’o J, Hobba G, Sunna A, Nevalainen H (2017) A comprehensive assessment of the biosynthetic pathways of ascorbate, α-tocopherol and free amino acids in Euglena gracilis var. saccharophila. Algal Research, 27:140-151

  • McCarthy D, Edwards GC, Gustin MS, Care A, Miller MB, Sunna A (2017) An innovative approach to bioremediation of mercury contaminated soils from industrial mining operations. Chemosphere, 184:694-699

  • Care A, Petroll K, Gibson ESY, Bergquist PL, Sunna A (2017) Solid‑binding peptides for immobilisation of thermostable enzymes to hydrolyse biomass polysaccharides. Biotechnology for Biofuels, 10:29

  • Polikarpov D, Sabaretnam T, Liang L, Care A, Sunna A, Campbell D, Walsh B, Guillemin G, Zvyagin, Gillatt D (2017) Targeted upconversion photoluminescent nanoconjugates selectively label TCC cells expressing Glypican-1. BJU International, 119:72

  • Yang M, Shi H, Ma L, Gui Q, Ma J, Lin M, Sunna A, Zhang W, Dai L, Qu J, Liu Y (2017) Multifunctional luminescent nanofibres from Eu3+ -doped La2O2SO4 with enhanced oxygen storage capability. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 695:202-207



  • Sayyadi N, Care A, Connally RE, Try AC, Bergquist PL, Sunna A (2016) A novel universal detection agent for time-gated luminescence bioimaging. Scientific Reports, 6:27564

  • Liang L, Care C, Zhang R, Lu Y, Packer NH, Sunna A, Qian Y, Zvyagin AV (2016) Facile assembly of functional upconversion nanoparticles for targeted cancer imaging and photodynamic therapy. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 8:11945-11953

  • Zhang W, Chen C, Yang D, Dong G, Jia S, Zhao B, Yan L, Yao Q, Sunna A, Liu Y (2016) Optical biosensors based on nitrogen-doped graphene functionalized with magnetic nanoparticle. Advanced Materials Interfaces, 3:1600590.

  • Care A, Bergquist PL, Sunna A (2016) Solid-binding peptides: Immobilisation strategies for extremophile biocatalysis in biotechnology. In Biotechnology of Extremophiles: Advances and Challenges, pp 637-674, Rampelotto HP (ed.), vol 1. Springer International Publishing



  • Kaur J, Pethani BP, Kumar S, Kim M, Sunna A, Kautto L, Panesyan A, Paulsen IT, H Nevalainen (2015) Pseudomonas aeruginosa inhibits the growth of Scedosporium aurantiacum, an opportunistic fungal pathogen isolated from the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients. Frontiers in Microbiology, 6:866.

  • Care A, Bergquist PL, Sunna A (2015) Solid-binding peptides: smart tools for nanobiotechnology. Trends in Biotechnology, 33:259-268.



  • Lu Y, Zhao J, Zhang R, Liu Y, Liu D, Goldys EM, Yang X, Xi P, Sunna A, Lu J, Shi Y, Leif RC, Huo Y, Shen J, Piper JA, Robinson JP, Jin D (2014) Tunable lifetime multiplexing using luminescent nanocrystals. Nature Photonics, 8:32-36.

  • Care A, Chi F, Bergquist PL, Sunna A (2014) Biofunctionalization of silica-coated magnetic particles mediated by a peptide. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 16:1-9.

  • Care A, Nevalainen H, Bergquist PL, Sunna A (2014) Effect of Trichoderma reesei proteinases on the affinity of an inorganic-binding peptide. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 173:2225-2240.

  • Stelting S, Burns RG, Sunna A, Bunt CR (2014) Survival in sterile soil and atrazine degradation of Pseudomonas sp. strain ADP immobilized on zeolite. Bioremediation Journal, 18:309-316.


2013 and older

  • Laczka O, Skillman L, Ditcham WG, Hamdorf B, Wong DKY, Bergquist PL, Sunna A (2013) Application of an ELISA-type screen printed electrode-based potentiometric assay to the detection of Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts. Journal of Microbiological Methods, 95:182-185.

  • Sunna A, Chi F, Bergquist PL (2013) Efficient capture of pathogens with a zeolite matrix. Parasitology Research, 112:2441-2452.

  • Sunna A, Chi F, Bergquist PL (2013) A linker peptide with high affinity towards silica-containing materials. New Biotechnology, 30:485-492.

  • Gunasekaran K, Bergquist PL, Sunna A (2013) Facile production and rapid purification of functional recombinant Qβ-replicase heterotetramer complex. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 169:651-659.

  • Stelting S, Burns RG, Sunna A, Visnovskya G, Bunt CR (2012) Immobilization of Pseudomonas strain ADP: A stable inoculant for the bioremediation of atrazine. Applied Clay Science, 64:90–93.

  • Sunna A(2010) Modular organisation and functional analysis of dissected modular β-mannanase CsMan26 from Caldicellulosiruptor Rt8B.4 . Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 86:189-200.

  • Roske Y, Sunna A, Pfeil W, Heinemann U (2004) High-resolution crystal structures of Caldicellulosiruptor strain Rt8B.4 carbohydrate-binding module CBM27-1 and its complex with mannohexaose. Journal of Molecular Biology, 340:543–554.

  • Gibbs MD, Reeves R, Sunna A, Bergquist PL (2004) A yeast intron as a translational terminator in a plasmid shuttle vector. FEMS Yeast Research, 4:573–577.

  • Sunna A, Bergquist PL (2003) A gene encoding a novel extremely thermostable 1,4-β-xylanase isolated directly from an environmental DNA sample. Extremophiles, 7:63–70.

  • Sunna A, Hunter L, Hutton CA, Bergquist PL (2002) Biochemical characterization of a recombinant thermoalkalophilic lipase and assessment of its substrate enantioselectivity. Enzyme and Microbial Technology, 31:472–476.

  • Bell PJL, Sunna A, Gibbs MD, Curach NC, Nevalainen H, Bergquist PL (2002) Prospecting for novel lipase genes using PCR. Microbiology, 148:2283–2291.

  • Sunna A, Gibbs MD, Bergquist PL (2001) Identification of novel β-mannan- and β-glucan-binding modules: Evidence for a superfamily of carbohydrate-binding modules. Biochemical Journal, 356:791–798.

  • Sunna A, Gibbs MD, Bergquist PL (2000) A novel thermostable multidomain 1,4-β-xylanase from ‘Caldibacillus cellulovorans‘ and effect of its xylan-binding domain on enzyme activity. Microbiology, 146:2947–2955.

  • Sunna A, Gibbs MD, Bergquist PL (2000) The thermostabilizing domain, XynA, of Caldibacillus cellulovorans xylanase is a xylan binding domain. Biochemical Journal, 346:583–586.

  • Sunna A, Gibbs MD, Chin CW, Nelson PJ, Bergquist PL (2000) A gene encoding a novel multidomain β-1,4-mannanase gene from Caldibacillus cellulovorans and action of the recombinant enzyme on kraft pulp.  Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 66: 664–670.

  • Albuquerque L, Rainey FA, Chung AP, Sunna A, Nobre MF, Grote R, Antranikian G, da Costa MS (2000) Alicyclobacillus hesperidum sp. nov. and a related genomic species from solfataric soils of Sao Miguel in the Azores. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, 50:451-457.

  • Gibbs MD, Reeves RA, Sunna A, Bergquist PL (1999) Sequencing and expression of a β-mannanase gene from the extreme thermophile Dictyoglomus thermophilum Rt46B.1, and characteristics of the recombinant enzyme. Current Microbiology, 39:351-357.

  • Sunna A, Antranikian G (1997) Xylanolytic enzymes from bacteria and fungi. CRC Critical Reviews in Biotechnology, 17:39-67.

  • Sunna A, Moracci M, Rossi M, Antranikian G (1997) Glycosyl hydrolases from hyperthermophiles. Extremophiles, 1:2-13.

  • Sunna A, Puls J, Antranikian G (1997) Characterization of the xylanolytic enzyme system of the extreme thermophilic anaerobic bacteria Thermotoga maritimaT. neapolitana and T. thermarum.  Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, 118A:453-461.

  • Sunna A, Tokajian S, Burghardt J, Rainey F, Antranikian G, Hashwa F (1997) Identification of Bacillus kaustophilusBacillus thermocatenulatus and Bacillus strain HSR as members Bacillus thermoleovorans. Systematic and Applied Microbiology, 20:232-237.

  • Sunna A, Prowe SG, Stoffregen T, Antranikian G (1997) Characterization of the xylanases from the new isolated thermophilic xylan-degrading Bacillus thermoleovorans strain K-3d and Bacillus flavothermus strain LB3A. FEMS Microbiology Letters, 148:209-216.

  • Sunna A, Puls J, Antranikian G (1996) Purification and characterization of two thermostable endo-1,4-β-D-xylanases from Thermotoga thermarum. Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry, 24:177-185.

  • Sunna A, Antranikian G (1996) Growth and production of xylanases by the extreme thermophilic anaerobic bacterium Thermotoga thermarum. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 45:671-676.

  • Antranikian G, Rüdiger A, Canganella F, Klingeberg M, Sunna A (1995) Biodegradation of polymers at temperatures up to 130°C. Journal of Macromolecular Science, A32:661-669.

  • Rüdiger A, Sunna A, Antranikian G (1995) Polysaccharides degrading enzymes, pp. 316-340. In Enzyme Catalysis in Organic Synthesis, Vol. I, Drauz K and Waldmann H (eds.), VCH, Weinheim, Germany.

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Department of Molecular Sciences, Macquarie University