Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Research in the field of biochemistry and cell biology from the Faculty of Science, University of Melbourne.


Phil Batterham     Neurogenetics, behaviour and systems biology in insects. The interaction of chemical insecticides with pest and beneficial insects.

Berit Ebert     Novel transporters and transferases and their potential interactions to better understand coordinated glycan assembly in eukaryotes.

Dominic Hare     Chemical pathology. Identifying and monitoring the fundamental chemical reactions that initiate diseases across lifespan.

Mike Haydon     Molecular, cell and systems approaches to study inputs and outputs of plant circadian clocks, with a focus on metabolism and nutrients.

Joshua Heazlewood     Plant cell wall biosynthesis, including endomembrane separation technologies, computational approaches to post-translational modifications, and systems analysis of nucleotide sugar metabolism.

Martina Kocan     G protein-coupled receptor mediated cellular signalling and its role in human physiology and pathophysiology.

Kim-Anh Le-Cao     Biological data integration, multivariate projection-based methods, computational statistical learning, R software development.

Megan Maher     Metals in biology; structural biology; protein chemistry; bioinorganic chemistry; biophysical techniques.

Michael Murray     Development of multicellular organisms and the ability for cells to transition between stationary epithelial forms and migratory mesenchymal forms.

Staffan Persson     How plants produce their cell walls, with a particular focus on the prominent cell wall polymer cellulose.

Gavin Reid     Development and application of quantitative proteome and lipidome analysis strategies to identify functional biomarkers of disease, and for mass spectrometry based clinical diagnostics.

Ute Roessner     Development and application of metabolomics technologies to study metabolism and physiology in biological systems.

Ian Woodrow     How plants synthesise and store secondary metabolites, with a focus on Australian native species and metabolites of commercial interest.

Research centres

Melbourne Integrative Genomics (MIG)
We aim to understand biological systems, with a focus on genomes as the blueprint for each system. We are interested in biological systems of different scales.

Research in this area is conducted in the School of BioSciences, School of Chemistry, and School of Mathematics and Statistics.