Our team

  • Josh Mylne, lab head
  • Mark Fisher, PhD student
  • Joel Haywood, DECRA Fellow
  • Grishma Vadlamani, Post-doc
  • Jingjing Zhang, PhD student
  • Sam Nonis, PhD student
  • Kirill Sukhoverkov, PhD student
  • Victoria Cornford, Hons student
  • Mario Bani, PhD student
  • Thaveshini Chetty, undergad
  • Michael Wallace, PhD student
  • Colton Payne, PhD student

Alumni News

Julie Leroux
2018-May: Working as an RA in our lab on herbicides (2013-2016) has inspired Julie to go back to school and this month she started a PhD with Prof. Barry Pogson at ANU where she works biosynthesis pathway of the apocarotenoid signal, ACS1, in Arabidopsis.
Amy James
2018-March: While finishing off her thesis corrections, PhD student (2014-2017) Amy got the word that she would be off to Bristol University's School of Biological Sciences to work with Gary Foster on cassava brown streak virus, starting in June 2018.
Achala Jayasena
2018-March: After an exceptionally productive PhD (2013-2016) Achala took a break to add to her family and this month starts a short contract as a technician at CSIRO in nearby Floreat.
Maxime Corral
2017-December: Just before he handed his thesis in for examination, PhD student (2014-2017) Max was offered a 3-year post-doctoral fellowship with CSIRO to work with Dr Jonathan Anderson in Floreat, Perth where he will develop novel technologies to control crop diseases. His job starts January 2018.
Bastian Franke
2017-April: Not long after handing in his thesis, joint PhD student (2014-2017) Bastian was offered a 3-year post-doctoral position in NMR structural biology with Stephan Grzesiek at the Biozentrum at the University of Basel in Switzerland. He started his new job in May 2017.
Benjamin Pouvreau
2016-July: Just before he handed his thesis in, PhD student (2013-2016) Benjamin was offered a 3-year post-doctoral fellowship with CSIRO in Canberra where he will work with a multi-disciplinary team of scientists examining canola oil biosynthesis. He took up the position in late July.
Kalia Bernath-Levin
2015-March: After ~2 years in our lab, Kalia secured a 5-year, senior post-doctoral position with ARC Laureate Fellow Prof. Ian Small in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology where she is working in the area of synthetic biology and PPR proteins.
Alysha Elliott
2013-January: Straight from her PhD (2009-2013) Alysha started a position as a post-doctoral project manager with NHMRC Australia Fellow Professor Matt Cooper optimising an antibacterial screening pipeline for the Centre for Drug Discovery and Design.
Aurelie Chanson
2012-November: A previous senior research assistant (2010-2012) Aurelie has secured a position as a Research Project Officer with CSIRO Plant Industry in Brisbane where she will work on molecular-plant pathogen interactions in cereals.
Archived Alumni News

Join Us!

We are growing our strength in plant molecular biology and biochemistry and are seeking motivated and talented people to join us.

PhD stipends may be made available to outstanding international applicants. Enquiries with CV from students are welcome anytime by e-mail to Josh Mylne. See the Positions available section for posts we are currently recruiting to fill. Post-docs can also consider seeking their own short-term funding for working visits, or for longer periods could consult with us about supporting fellowship applications. Many such mechanisms exist and some useful links are available under the heading 'Funding bodies and schemes' within the Contacts page.

Jingjing Zhang

PhD student
Jingjing obtained her MSc. in biophysics from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences and has worked as a bioinfroimatician for Beijing Genomic Institute. She is working to uncover the biodegradation pathways that can counterbalance an enzymatically inefficient biosynthesis.

Grishma V.

Dr Grishma Vadlamani did her PhD at the University of Manitoba in crystallography and antibiotic resistance, then a postdoc with Trevor Lithgow at Monash University on protein folding. Grishma is funded by an ARC Discovery grant to pursue recombinant protein approaches with enzymes and specifically, new herbicide targets.

Joel Haywood

DECRA Fellow
Joel did his undergraduate and a 3-year industry stint in the UK before a PhD on leukocyte receptor structure at the Chinese Academy of Science in Beijing. He will be working on a range of protein projects where we seek to bring a structural understanding of biosynthesis and bioactivities.

Mark Fisher

PhD student
Mark has a BSc and first class honours in genetics from UWA where he studied the structure of RNA binding proteins. He will blend his long experience in the IT industry with molecular biology to examine the importance of hijacking as a mechanism for de novo protein evolution.

Mario Bani

PhD student
Mario earned his Masters degree in peptide biochemistry from the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at the University of Queensland working on recombinant production of spider peptide toxins. He will be using Arabidopsis genetics and recombinant protein biochemistry to validate new herbicide targets.

Thaveshini Chetty

Undergrad student
Thaveshini is pursuing her Bachelor of Science at UWA majoring in genetics. She is working closely with Mark Fisher to uncover the genetic origins of an interesting new family of peptides by using mass spectrometry, RNA-seq and de novo transcriptome assembly.

Kirill Sukhoverkov

PhD student
Hailing from Moscow in Russia, Kirill has a strong background in enzymology and protein modifications. He helped train Russian Chemistry Student Olympiad teams and will work on finding novel herbicides as well as determine and characterise their target proteins.

Samuel Nonis

PhD student
Sam is from Singapore, but did a UWA undergraduate degree followed by an Honours degree in genetic engineering and epigenomics with Prof. Ryan Lister. Facinated by the origins of life, Sam has skills from A-Star in directed evolution that he will apply to enzymes involved in the evolutionary birth of proteins.

Victoria Cornford

Honours student
Vicki did her undergrad at Curtin University and has come to work on novel herbicidal compounds and their proteins targets working close with DECRA Fellow Joel Haywood. Vicki will learn recombinant plant protein production and will be working to crystallize proteins that are potential new herbicide targets.

Colton Payne

PhD student
Colton did his undergraduate and Honours at UQ and remains based at UQ where he is jointly supervised with Dr Johan Rosengren, in whose lab he's based as he pursues a PhD. Colton is using synthetic peptide chemistry and NMR to study a range of buried seed peptides.

Michael Wallace

PhD student
Michael did his BSc in chemistry at UWA and is jointly supervised with Assoc. Prof. Keith Stubbs. Michael is working with a potentially new class of herbicide and, by synthetic organic chemistry, is creating analogs to find ones that make better herbicides by testing the analogs in Arabidopsis and other systems.

Josh Mylne

Lab head
Josh has a PhD (2002) in plant genetic engineering from UQ, did a 4-year post doc in Arabidopsis molecular genetics and epigenetics at the John Innes Centre (UK) before a 7-year fellowship stint with peptide chemists at the IMB, UQ. He currently yearns to get into the lab for more than just RNA extractions.