Research groups

Find out more about our research groups below. Details of our honorary group leader profiles can be found in the Honorary groups page.

Atkin Group

Atkin Group - Plant respiration in a changing world »

Atkin Group studies plant metabolic responses to environmental gradients, including how leaf respiration varies within and among biomes across the globe. 

Ball (Marilyn) Group - Ecophysiology of salinity and freezing tolerance »

We study how physiological adaptations and responses to environmental stresses affect the structure and functioning of plant communities.
Borevitz group 2023

Borevitz Group - Plant genomics for climate adaption »

We study the genetic basis of Climate Adaptation in foundation plant species, using state of the art Genomic and Phenomic techniques

Byrt Group – Engineering plant membrane proteins and solute transport to increase yield security »

We work on engineering strategies to increase crop tolerance to salinity and drought, and to advance water filtration technology.

Chan Group - Plant Organelle and Cellular Signalling »

We aim to unravel molecular and biochemical mechanisms that enable plant cells to adapt to challenging environmental conditions

Danila Group – Plant cell structure and intercellular communication »

Our group studies plasmodesmata to answer important plant science questions related to development, cellular transport, root biology, signalling and evolution.

Farquhar Group - Coordination of CO2 fixation and transpiration in plants »

Our research includes: photosynthesis and growth with N2 and water use of plants; stomatal physiology; isotopic composition of plants & global change science.

Furbank Group – Improving photosynthesis and crop yield »

Our research focuses on the identification of enhanced photosynthetic properties in crop and model plant germplasm, and improving C4 photosynthesis. 

Jones Group - Disease resistance »

We investigate the molecular basis of disease and disease resistance in tomato (leaf mould and Fusarium wilt resistance) and flax (flax rust resistance).​

Linde Group - Population genetics, evolution, phylogeography and molecular phylogenetics of fungi »

Our main research interest is in fungal-plant-interactions, both applied and pure research, on a range of important pathogens.

Mathesius Group - Root microbe interactions - symbionts to parasites »

We are interested in the molecular mechanisms controlling nodule development in legumes, and how this is linked to other aspects of root architecture.
CMS, hybrids, fertility restoration, mTERF, PPR, crops, breeding

Melonek Group – Unlocking genetic secrets of cytoplasmic male sterility and fertility restoration in plants »

The Melonek Group studies the genetic and molecular basis of cytoplasmic male sterility and fertility restoration in plants.

Millar Group - Plant microRNA biology and disease resistance  »

The principal interest of the lab is gene silencing mediated by microRNAs, with a focus on microRNAs that control plant disease resistance.

Nicotra Group - Plant physiological ecology, plant evolutionary biology, reproductive ecology »

We are interested in phenotypic plasticity - the range of forms a given genetic individual can exhibit under different environments.

Pogson Group - Chloroplast to nuclear signalling: light, drought and carotenoids »

The overarching theme of our research is to determine the controls and regulators of communication between the chloroplast and nucleus.

Price Group - The cyanobacterial CO2 concentrating mechanism and the use of synthetic biology to transfer it to C3 crop plants »

The Price lab is presently focusing on the molecular biology and physiology of photosynthesis in cyanobacteria (blue-green photosynthetic bacteria) and plants

Rathjen Group - Plant immunity »

Rathjen group focuses on all aspects of plant immunity, characterising the fascinating interplay between host and pathogen.

Roessner Group »

More information to come

Ruan Group- Optimising Carbon Allocation for Development, Yield and Resilience  »

Our research focuses on identifying molecular and biochemical bottlenecks.

Schwessinger Group - Plants, fungi, evolution »

Our team focuses on questions around plant biosecurity in Australia by studying the interaction between plants and their fungal pathogen.

Solomon Group - Wheat biosecurity »

The Solomon group focuses on pathogens of wheat that threaten food security and stability.
the von Caemmerer Group in 2021

von Caemmerer Group - CO2 fixation and water loss of leaves »

We are investigating aspects of carbon acquisition by plants including the biochemistry of CO2 fixation and regulation of CO2 diffusion into and within leaves.

Way Group - Plant Ecophysiology and Global Change Biology  »

One of the most pressing concerns in biology is whether we can predict how plants and ecosystems will respond to climate change.

Whitney Group - Synthetic Photosynthesis - bioengineering enzymes to adjust carbon fixation »

We focus on the development and use of synthetic tools to scrutinize the biology of the most abundant protein, the photosynthetic CO2-fixing enzyme Rubisco.

Williams Group - Plant structural immunology »

We aim to understand the molecular basis of the interactions between plant hosts and the microorganisms, particularly fungi, that colonise them.

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