Tara L. Pukala is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Adelaide, and Scientific Director of the Adelaide Proteomics Centre (since 2017). She received her PhD in Chemistry in 2006 from the University of Adelaide followed by a postdoctoral research position at the University of Cambridge, UK (2007-2008). Since 2008 she has led a research group focused on analytical and bioorganic chemistry approaches, primarily utilising mass spectrometry, to provide new insight into the structure, function and interactions of macromolecules important in biology.

She has been recognised with a number of research awards including the Australian and New Zealand Society for Mass Spectrometry (ANZSMS) Bowie medal. Tara is currently Vice President of the ANZSMS and has also contributed to the society in other executive committee roles including Secretary for more than seven years. She has contributed to organising committees for a number of international conferences, and most recently chaired the 26th ANZSMS conference in Adelaide in 2017.

Tara currently serves as an editorial board member for Nature Scientific Reports (expertise in Chemical Biology) and Frontiers in Chemistry (Medicinal Chemistry) and is an Editor for the European Journal of Mass Spectrometry and Associate Editor for Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry.