Vivien Rolland

Vivien (Viv) is a biologist with a keen interest in tackling complex biological, developmental and physiological processes using a combination of molecular biology and state-of-the-art microscopy. Before working on plants, Viv worked with one of the most widely used animal model for genetic and developmental studies: Drosophila (fruit fly). Viv completed a PhD with Dr. Juergen Knoblich (IMBA, Austria) on the balance between proliferation and cell differentiation in neural stem cell lineages. Keen to apply his broad skill set to a new field, Viv decided to do a short postdoc with Professor Marilyn Ball (ANU), where he studied in vitro and in vivo embolism resorption in angiosperms, using advanced microscopy. Viv then did a postdoc with Professor Dean Price and Prof. Murray Badger (ANU) during which he worked on enhancing photosynthesis by implementing components of the cyanobacterial CO2-concentrating mechanism into higher plants, with the long-term goal of improving crop yield.

Viv now works as a Research Scientist at CSIRO.

Research interests

Areas of expertise

  • Biochemistry And Cell Biology
  • Plant Physiology
  • Plant Cell And Molecular Biology
  • Plant Biology

South PF, Walker BJ, Cavanagh AP, Rolland V, Badger M, Ort DR* (2017). Bile acid sodium symporter BASS6 can transport glycolate and is involved in photorespiratory metabolism in Arabidopsis thaliana. The Plant Cell, In press.

Allen RS, Tilbrook K, Warden A, Campbell P, Rolland V, Singh S and Wood C* (2017). Expression of 16 nitrogenase proteins within the plant mitochondrial matrix. Frontiers in Plant Science. 2017 8:287. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2017.00287

Biquand E#, Okubo N#, Aihara Y#, Rolland V, Hayward DC, Hatta M, Minagawa J, Maruyama T, Takahashi S* (2017). Acceptable symbiont cell size differs among cnidarian species and may limit symbiont diversity. ISME J. doi: 10.1038/ismej.2017.17

Clayton H, Saladié M, Rolland V, Sharwood RE, Macfarlane T, Ludwig M* (2017). C4 photosynthesis evolution in the transitional grass Neurachne: loss of a carbonic anhydrase chloroplast transit peptide. Plant Physiology. 2017 Feb 2. pii: pp.01893.2016. doi: 10.1104/pp.16.01893.

Gowik U, Schulze S, Saladié M, Rolland V, Tanz SK, Westhoff P, Ludwig M* (2017). A MEM1-like motif directs mesophyll cell-specific expression of the gene encoding the C4 carbonic anhydrase in Flaveria. Journal of Experimental Botany. 2017 Jan;68(2):311-320. doi: 10.1093/jxb/erw475.

Long BM*, Rae BD, Rolland V, Förster B, Price GD (2016). Cyanobacterial CO2-concentrating mechanism components: function and prospects for plant metabolic engineering. Current Opinion in Plant Biology. 2016 Jun;31:1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.pbi.2016.03.002.

Rolland V*, Badger MR, Price GD* (2016). Redirecting the Cyanobacterial Bicarbonate Transporters BicA and SbtA to the Chloroplast Envelope: Soluble and Membrane Cargos Need Different Chloroplast Targeting Signals in Plants. Frontiers in Plant Science. 2016 Feb 29;7:185. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2016.00185.

Rolland V*, Bergstrom DM, Lenné T, Bryant G, Chen H, Wolfe J, Holbrook NM, Stanton DE, Ball MC (2015). Easy Come, Easy Go: Capillary Forces Enable Rapid Refilling of Embolized Primary Xylem Vessels. Plant Physiology. 2015 Aug;168(4):1636-47. doi: 10.1104/pp.15.00333.

Bowman SK, Rolland V, Betschinger J, Kinsey KA, Emery G, Knoblich JA* (2008). The tumor suppressors Brat and Numb regulate transit-amplifying neuroblast lineages in Drosophila. Developmental Cell. 2008 Apr;14(4):535-46. doi: 10.1016/j.devcel.2008.03.004.

Laurençon A*, Dubruille R, Efimenko E, Grenier G, Bissett R, Cortier E, Rolland V, Swoboda P, Durand B (2007). Identification of novel regulatory factor X (RFX) target genes by comparative genomics in Drosophila species. Genome Biology. 2007;8(9):R195.