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Professor Vincent Bulone, Group Leader

Vincent Bulone is the Director of 'Adelaide Glycomics', a Partner Laboratory established through a collaboration between the University of Adelaide and Agilent Technologies Australia Pty Ltd.  He is also the Director of ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls, a $32 million collaboration between the Universities of Adelaide, Melbourne and Queensland and industry that concludes in 2018.

His research is focused on cell wall polysaccharide structure and metabolism in higher plants, oomycetes and fungi. Capitalising on his long standing and renowned experience in the area of plant and microbial Glycoscience.  Vincent brings novel research capabilities of strategic importance.

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  • Dr Alan Little

    Dr Alan Little is a Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls based at the University of Adelaide node. He is a plant pathologist with expertise in molecular biology, plant cell walls and plant-pathogen interactions.

    His major area of interest is the synthesis and composition of fungal and plant cell walls. The association of cell wall polysaccharides with basal host resistance provides new targets for the generation of novel crop lines with greater disease resistance.

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    Dr Alan Little

  • Dr Bryan Coad

    Dr Bryan Coad is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine. He leads an academic, multidisciplinary research group at the intersection of physical chemistry, materials science, and biology. This group works towards developing bioactive, nano-engineered material surface coatings and biomaterials through fundamental research.

    Apart from academic research, Dr Coad has research and development experience working in/for industrial collaborations such as Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). In these areas, Dr Coad's research impact has included research toward commercial product innovation and development.
    Dr Coad is active in the biomaterials community and is currently the elected Executive Officer for the Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering (ASBTE).

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  • Dr Helen Collins

    Helen Collins is a Research Associate, ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls, University of Adelaide, Waite Campus. She is currently employed on and ARC Linkage Grant involving the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls, University of Adelaide’s Barley Breeding Program, Carlsberg Brewery and Cargill Malt. This project is investigating the processes involved in early germination of barley with the aim of improving the efficiency of the malting process.

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    Dr Helen Collins

  • Mr Jelle Lahnstein

    Senior Analyst for Adelaide Glycomics

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  • Dr Julian Schwerdt

    I'm a computational biologist and began my scientific career as a software developer building biological databases in the UK. I returned to Australia to take up a position at the South Australian Partnership for Advanced Computing (SAPAC) as a Bioinformatics Specialist. This involved a close association with the Australian Centre for Plant Function Genomics (ACPFG) which in turn lead to a Ph.D and post-doctoral position at the ACPFG and the ARC CoE for Plant Cell Walls. My interests are in protein family evolution, coevolution networks and recently biological applications for machine learning.

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    Dr Julian Schwerdt

  • Dr Natalie Betts

    Molecular biologist with experience in plant and fungal systems and recent specialisation in developing and germinating barley grain. Writing and editing experience in scientific, medical (regulatory) and business management fields

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     Dr Natalie Betts

  • Dr Neil Shirley

    Whilst starting out in synthetic organic chemistry, over the years my research interests have shifted to plant biology. More particularly, I am interested in the plant cell wall, that feature of the plant cell which protects it from environmental stresses and biological attack. This wall must be strong enough to protect but supple enough to change and expand in a controlled manner to allow the plant to grow. The cell wall consists of a complex mixture of polysaccharides together with some protein. Some plants extrude parts of this mix into the environment producing sticky mucilage with properties which allow seeds to germinate and roots to grow more easily. The genes involved in the synthesis of all of the polysaccharides of the wall are not well understood. The identification and expression patterns of cell wall genes has been the primary focus for my research. I work with staple food crops such as barley and rice as well as pineapple, banana, chia, (Salvia hispanica) and Plantago ovata, a plant that produces edible mucilage from the seeds.

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    Dr Neil Shirley

  • Past Students
    • Ms Trang Anh Pham - PhD
    • Ms Hanyue Wang - MSc - Coursework (Research Project)
    • Mr Hao Qiu - MSc - Coursework (Research Project)
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