Harley Betts

Dr. Harley Betts
Chimie ParisTech
PSL University
Institute of Chemistry for Life and Health Sciences
Laboratory for Inorganic Chemical Biology
+33 1 44 27 56 04

Harley was born the small rural town of Pt Augusta in the Mid-North of South Australia but left to live in the state’s capital of Adelaide when just a toddler. It was in Adelaide that Harley completed his education, from pre-school through to his doctoral degree in 2020. His PhD was conducted under the supervision of Profs Hugh Harris and Christopher Sumby, and Dr Christopher McDevitt. His thesis was focused on the biochemical fate and molecular targets of ionic silver exposed to human blood, and bacterial cultures in vitro. He was also working on the development of silver-containing materials for use as antibacterial agents.

His post-doctoral research in the Gasser Group is currently focused on the development of metal-based antifungal and antiparasitic drugs.

In his spare time, Harley is an avid student of history and politics, enjoys getting his hands dirty in the garden, and traveling (mostly around Australia, thus far).


  • Don Stranks Award nominee for “outstanding performance in research within a current PhD candidature” (2019).
  • Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence (2018).


[1] Betts, H. D., Neville, S. L., McDevitt, C. A., Sumby, C. J., Harris, H. H., The biochemical fate of Ag+ ions in Staphylococcus aureusEscherichia coli, and biological media, JBIC2021, 225, 111598.

[2] Lin, Y., Betts, H., Keller, S., Cariou, K., Gasser, G., Recent developments of metal-based compounds against fungal pathogens, Chem Soc Rev2021, 50, 10346-10402.

[3] Betts, H. D., Whitehead, C., Harris, H. H., Silver in biology and medicine: Opportunities for metallomics researchers, Metallomics2020, 13(1), mfaa001.

[4] Betts, H. D., Linder-Patton, O. L., Sumby, C. J., A stable coordination polymer based on rod-like silver(I) nodes with contiguous Ag-S bonding, Molecules2020, 25(19), 4548.